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Co-Financing Innovative Projects in SMEs from EU Structural Funds: The Case of Pomerania Region in Poland


  • Anna Golejewska

    (University of Gdansk, Poland)


The aim of the article is to analyse use of the EU Structural Funds for innovative projects in SMEs from Pomerania Regional Operational Programme 2007-2013. In the analysis we use the data from the Pomerania Development Agency Inc. In the first section we described conditions and rules of grants awarding. The next section contains short description of firms in Pomerania region and the analysis of granted projects. The results of the analysis confirmed significant diversity of total values of projects, awarded grants and branches. The majority of innovative projects has been implemented in manufacturing, only a small part of them in high-technology sectors. The value of accepted projects was connected with the size of applying firms. Only a small part of projects concerns investment in R&D activity. Most of them focus on implementation activity. With regard to the number of projects, the majority has been implemented using own funds. The results show high concentration of projects in Tri-City Agglomeration and adjacent districts. Almost all the projects have been implemented in the same districts as head offices of the firms. In most cases, firms apply single-handed. They rather carefully cooperate with external partners in implementing projects, which may result from misgivings that the partners will not meet their engagement and the project would not be completed. Although creation of new jobs is not a criterion of awarded grants, the co-financed innovative projects have contributed to employment growth in Pomerania’s SMEs.

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  • Anna Golejewska, 2013. "Co-Financing Innovative Projects in SMEs from EU Structural Funds: The Case of Pomerania Region in Poland," Active Citizenship by Knowledge Management & Innovation: Proceedings of the Management, Knowledge and Learning International Conference 2013, ToKnowPress.
  • Handle: RePEc:tkp:mklp13:419-425

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