Updated 04. 2010
The 2007 - 2013 Innovation Strategy of the Slovak Republic promotes national innovation, a knowledge economy and economic growth. It is published on the Ministry of the Economy website in the Innovation section.
The priorities of the Innovation Strategy are:
- High quality infrastructure and an effective system for developing innovations
- High quality human resources
- Effective instruments for innovation
The following organisations operate within the framework of the national innovation system and regional innovation strategies:
The aim of the Innovation Fund is to support the sustainable development of intellectual values in the areas of science, research and development, thereby accelerating the development of innovation in Slovakia. It is managed by the Ministry of the Economy in accordance with the Act on Non-Investment Funds.
The transfer of new scientific ideas to the commercial sphere is made possible by science parks or innovation centres. These can put ideas into practice rapidly through research collaboration with the private sector. Science parks include a business incubator to support the setting up of new firms.
There is a network of 16 incubators in operation in Slovakia, which assist new and developing businesses to overcome obstacles so that they can start doing business successfully.
Alongside innovation, access to R&D is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage innovation.
The Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency offers a system for preparing and assessing innovative projects supported by public and EU funds. It also supports the creation and operation of an innovation information system.
The Operational Programme 'Competitiveness and Economic Growth' covers innovation and the enhancement of competitiveness. The Programme focuses on projects that involve transferring new technologies and innovative processes and products. The managing authority of the Operational Programme 'Competitiveness and Economic Growth' is:
You can find a detailed description of the administrative procedures to follow when applying for State assistance under the Operational Programme 'Competitiveness and Economic Growth' in Trade Journal (Obchodný vestník) no. 58A of 25 March 2008 (p. 142-203).
The Innovation Fund provides repayable financial assistance for applied research, development and innovation, and for the use and protection of patents and industrial and utility models. The financial assistance must be repaid at the latest four years after it was provided.
The Slovak Ministry of the Economy announces the "Innovation of the Year 2009" competition.
The competition is organised in four categories:
- Product innovation,
- Technological innovation,
- Service innovations (non-technological process),
- International cooperation.