IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

R&D programmes as a support tool for innovation activities of SMEs in the Czech Republic


  • Lukáš Procházka

    () (University of Economics, Prague)


The article presents results of a survey focused on participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Czech funding programmes aimed on research and development (R&D) activities. There are some disadvantages of the programmes, such as their definition based on the top-down approach. This fact may cause a disparity between real needs of enterprises and the outputs a funding authority wants enterprises to deliver in order to enhance their innovativeness and competitiveness. Although the level of fitness to the needs of SMEs is crucial for evaluation of R&D programmes, few research has been pursued in this field. The article aims to fill the research gap by surveying motivation and benefits SMEs find in participation in R&D programmes. It identifies 3 strongest, as well as weakest motivators. The article also discovers that despite its raising popularity, the open innovation concepts do not provide sufficient motivation and benefits for application for R&D funding.

Suggested Citation

  • Lukáš Procházka, 2010. "R&D programmes as a support tool for innovation activities of SMEs in the Czech Republic," Acta Universitatis Bohemiae Meridionales, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, vol. 13(3), pages 25-30.
  • Handle: RePEc:boh:actaub:v:13:y:2010:i:3:p:25-30

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:boh:actaub:v:13:y:2010:i:3:p:25-30. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Tereza Š ástková). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.