Financial aid for SME innovation

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Small and medium-sized enterprises with innovative projects may be eligible for financial aid in the form of subsidies or repayable advances. The financial aid can cover a percentage of the eligible costs, which vary depending on the type of project, programme or activity.

Applications for aid must be submitted using the online assistant available on MyGuichet.lu. Luxinnovation can provide help to set up your projects.

Who is concerned?

The financial aid is intended for private enterprises and research organisations established in Luxembourg.

Prerequisites

Terms and conditions

Small and medium-sized enterprises have to meet the terms and conditions applicable to all types of aid for research, development and innovation.

Eligible costs

Costs associated with the following are eligible:

  • the acquisition, validation and defence of patents and other intangible assets (licences, know-how and other types of intellectual property);
  • the posting of highly qualified personnel from a research or knowledge dissemination organisation or from a large enterprise undertaking research, development and innovation tasks as part of a newly created role within the beneficiary company, without replacing other members of staff;
  • consultancy services provided by external consultants that are not permanent or recurrent in nature and do not form part of the company's normal business expenditure (regular tax or legal advisory services, advertising);
  • consultancy and support services for innovation (assistance and training in knowledge transfer, acquisition, protection and exploitation of intangible assets, use of standards and regulations, as well as offices, databases, libraries, market research, laboratories, quality labelling, testing and certification, with a view to developing more efficient products, processes or services).

How to proceed

Submitting the application

The application for financial aid for SME innovation is to be submitted using the online assistant available on MyGuichet.lu.

The person submitting the application (the applicants themselves or their representatives) must have a LuxTrust product (e.g. Token, Smartcard or Signing Stick) or an electronic identity card.

The application must be submitted before the commencement of the work.

How to create a business eSpace on MyGuichet.lu

There are 2 possible scenarios:

  1. The person submitting the application is a new user of MyGuichet.lu. They must:
    • first register on MyGuichet.lu; and
    • then create a business eSpace.
  2. The person submitting the application already has a private eSpace on MyGuichet.lu. They can directly create a business eSpace without having to register again.

Further information as well as tutorials in relation with the business eSpace are available in our dedicated help page.

Supporting documents

The application for aid must namely include the following information and documents:

  • the name and size of the company;
  • a description of the project or programme, of the activity or investment, and of the related works and its innovative nature, including its start and end dates;
  • a description of the economic valuation methods for the results of the project or programme, for the activity or the investment and the related operations, and its economic potential;
  • the location of the project or programme, activity or investment and related operations;
  • a list of the costs for the project or programme, activity or investment and related operations;
  • the type and amount of aid necessary for the project or programme, activity or investment and related operations;
  • any relevant piece of information that will allow the competent ministers to assess the qualities or specificities of the project or programme, activity or investment and related operations plus its incentive effect.

Each business which was established less than 3 years ago is required to provide a business plan.

Maximum amounts of financial aid

The amount of aid will be calculated on the basis of the eligible costs of the project and may not exceed the following cap:

 

 

Medium-sized enterprise or medium-sized private research institute

Small enterprise or small private research organisation

Innovation:

- costs in relation with advisory services

- costs in relation with the acquisition, validation and defence of patents and other intangible assets

- costs in relation with the posting of highly qualified staff





50 %





50 %

Costs in relation with advisory and support services regarding innovation*

100 %

100 %

* Provided the total amount of financial aid granted for these innovation advisory and support services does not exceed EUR 0.2 million per company or private research organisation over a period of 3 years.

Payment of the aid

The capital subsidy and repayable advance are paid out after the completion of the project, programme or activity.

However, one or more advance payments may be made as the investments are made.

The application for payment of the aid is to be submitted using the online assistant available on MyGuichet.lu. This can be done in 2 different ways:

  1. in a detailed manner, where each individual cost is reported: to be used if there are 10 invoices or less to be declared; or
  2. in a summarised manner, where the total per type of cost is reported: to be used if there are more than 10 invoices to be declared.

Details of the documents to be provided depending on the cost statement templates are available under "Pièces à joindre à la démarche en ligne MyGuichet.lu de demande de paiement".

The person submitting the payment application (the applicants themselves or their representatives) must have a LuxTrust product (e.g. Token, Smartcard or Signing Stick) or an electronic identity card (eID).

Online services and forms

Who to contact

General Directorate - Industry, New Technologies and Research (Financing and State Aid)

Luxinnovation

Related procedures and links

Procedures

General terms and conditions applicable to all financial aid for research, development and innovation Creating a business eSpace

Tutorials

Links

Legal references

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