More than 200 representatives of Polish companies, academic institutions and public administration met on the 17th of May 2017 in Warsaw’s Creativity Center at the conference How to effectively create research and development strategies in the Polish industry? Institutions whose representatives have participated in the conference are already active or are planning their activity in the field of research and development (R&D). They are also beneficiaries and applicants for funds from the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, the Innovative Economy Operational Programme and the Regional Operational Programme of the Masovian Voivodeship. Conference recording is available at strategiebplusr.pl (Polish language)
Half-way point of the Horizon 2020
The participants were welcomed by the director of the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the European Union in Poland, Zygmunt Krasiński, PhD. He recalled that the Polish NCP supports Polish entities participating in EU framework programmes since 5 FP, that is almost 20 years. We are in the middle of the Horizon 2020, we have something to fight for – there is still 30 billion euro to dispose, including about 1/3 for companies – said director Krasiński. And he added: We initiated a nationwide forum to discuss and exchange the best practices. The experience from this conference will help to formulate recommendations on the effective implementation of research and development strategies in the Polish industry, effective communication and brand building on the global market, which – on the one hand – should have an impact on a greater share of Polish companies in Horizon 2020 and the next framework programme, on the other hand – to increase the competitiveness of the Polish economy.
One of the speakers of the first plenary session was Sławomir Tokarski, Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of the European Commission. He presented a new initiative of the European Commission to support industrial modernization in Europe through intelligent specializations and interregional cooperation. He emphasized that private spending on research and development in Poland is growing faster than in other EU countries, at about 15% per year. In his opinion, Poland does very well in all categories of human capital in the European Innovation Scoreboard.
Significant reductions for companies investing in research and development
The Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Piotr Dardziński assured that the Polish government creates good conditions for those who invest in innovation. Vice minister explained that one of the arrangements that supports companies investing in R&D is the substantial tax reduction, which is planned under the innovation act. He added that the role of conducted PhDs is also very important in building cooperation between science and industry. Piotr Dardziński stressed that Horizon 2020 is one of the European programmes that should be used by entrepreneurs.
Another speaker was Marcin Łata, Director of the Department of Programmes Supporting Innovation and Development in the Ministry of Economic Development. He recalled that research and development expenses are growing steadily. He listed the necessary elements to build an effective eco-system of innovation: strategy, productivity, appropriate legislation and coordination between partners and their agendas.
Piotr Muszyński, Vice President of Strategy and Transformation Board of Orange Poland pointed to the very important role of corporations in increasing the level of innovativeness of the economy and enabling the implementation of solutions on a large scale. Vice president emphasized the company’s long-standing R&D activity, which resulted in creating the statue of Crystal Brussels Prize.
Another guest, Marcin Wajda, Director of the Department of Regional Development and European Funds from the Office of the Marshal of the Masovian Voivodeship in Warsaw stressed the significant role of instruments at the regional level, which support the R&D&I area. Masovia as the first region gives preferences for Horizon 2020 applicants and beneficiaries in criteria for evaluating applications submitted to Regional Operational Programme.
The session was concluded by Piotr Zakrzewski, the Deputy Director from the Polish Patent Office, who highlighted the growing number of patent applications from the economy sector, and pointed to significant projects being undertaken by the Office, including the IP protection audit as an important tool to support the innovative activity of companies.
In the second part of the conference, representatives of small, medium and large enterprises shared their experience on successful implementation of R&D strategies. The enterprises applied for Horizon 2020 grants. The speeches were given by the representatives of: Fundingbox Accelerator, Fasada, Solace, Saule Technologies, Napiferyn Biotech, Synektik, Infotech, PGNiG, Synthos, PKN Orlen, KGHM Polska Miedź, Tauron Polish Energy, Mostostal Warszawa and Selena.
In the afternoon participants of the event took part in workshops that were dedicated to raising competences and exchanging best practices.
The conference was organized by the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the European Union in the cooperation with Orange Poland, City of Warsaw and Office of the Marshal of the Masovian Voivodeship in Warsaw under patronage of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Economic Development, the National Centre for Research and Development and the Polish Patent Office. Partners of the conference were: Network of National Contact Points, Enterprise Europe Network, Climate – KIC, Masovian Unit for EU Programmes Implementation, Top 500 Innovators Association, Polish Confederation Lewiatan, the Polish Clusters Employers’ Association.