State Aid for Research, Development and Innovation
Legal Framework • Avoiding Unlawful Aid • Practical Examples
It is essential for Higher education institutions (HEI) and Research Institutes to correctly apply State aid law. They need to understand the rules of the Union Framework for Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) as well as the parts of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) applicable to RDI. Being increasingly dependent on alternative financial resources such as EU Funds or other income sources and activities, Universities and Research Institutes need to check systematically, whether the State aid law regime applies for the planned activities and projects.
Regarding EU Funds, the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) have become more and more important next to H2020 Programme. In order to use ESIF, Universities and Research Institutes must know and correctly apply both, EU State aid law and ESIF regulations.
When it comes to their economic activities, HEI are obliged to clearly distinguish and record their economic and non-economic activities in order to avoid unlawful cross-subsidisation. They have to know the consequences regarding State aid of cooperating with the private sector for various constellations. Another issue of concern is the financing of technology parks and clusters as well as the cluster management. In case of unlawful State aid HEI risk the recovery of the financial support.
This Seminar complies of practical team exercises and case studies where the participants are confronted with various practical questions regarding State aid in RDI. Use the opportunity to discuss among others questions of licencing and IP or the usage of shared facilities amongst various universtities and research organisations with your fellow colleagues from Europe. Take the chance to approach various State aid cases and questions like such as the distinction between technology transfer, knowledge transfer and consultancy, collaborative research cases, contract research or projects related to several articles in the GBER. Discuss challenges resulting from the Market Economy Operator Principle.
Gain certainty for the correct application of State aid in the field of research, development and innovation (RDI).
This seminar is especially designed for Directors, Heads of Departments or Units, Managers, and other members of staff from
- Higher Education and Research Institutes
- National and regional ministries and agencies responsible for Research & Development & Innovation
- Research & technology centres, clusters and other bodies engaged in R&D activities
- Start-up support services
- Competition authorities
- Companies and industry working in research, development and innovation
- National and regional Audit Institutions
Working in departments such as:
- Research & Development, Technology Transfer, Valorisation
- EU and national funding
- Legal Affairs
- State aid and State aid control
- Internal Audit
- Finance and Accountancy
- Business Development
- Competition Policy
- External Affairs
The seminar may also be interesting for lawyers and consultants specialised in R&D cooperation.
- How to apply the Union Framework for RDI in practice
- What aspects are especially relevant for RDI State aid in the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)?
- How to correctly distinguish and record economic and non-economic activities
- How does a reasonable full costing scheme at Higher Education Institutions look like?
- How to avoid unlawful cross-subsidisation
- How to cope with licences and intellectual property (IP) with regards to State aid
- How to assess various constellations of cooperation with the private sector with regards to State aid
- What is the impact of State aid regulations on financing RDI infrastructure and technology parks?
- How to ensure State aid compliance when dealing with ESI Funding for RDI projects
- How to prepare for a financial audits in RDI projects
- Equip yourself with the current regulations on State aid for RDI
- Avoid the risk of unlawful State aid and recovery within your RDI project
- Gain certainty about State aid issues for RDI infrastructure
- Know how to carry out an RDI project between research organisations and the industry in compliance with State aid regulations
- Receive practical advice on your individual questions
- Discuss and network with our experts
- Profit from individual State aid decision schemes for various cases that will support you in your daily practice
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