Innovative Economy

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

The Innovative Economy Operational Programme 2007 - 2013 is one of the instruments for the implementation of the National Strategic Reference Framework 2007-2013 (NSRF).

The main goal of the programme is to develop the Polish economy with innovative enterprises as its backbone. This goal is associated with the objectives set in the EU’s fundamental medium-term strategic document, the Renewed Lisbon Strategy of 2005. 

The main priorities of the Lisbon Strategy are economic growth and employment, to be achieved in full compliance with the objectives of sustainable development and with Community Strategic Guidelines.

The IE OP was the subject of long negotiations with the European Commission, and of public consultations. On 2 October 2007, Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for Regional Policy signed the European Commission’s decision approving the Innovative Economy Operational Programme. On 30 October 2007, the Council of Ministers passed a resolution adopting the Innovative Economy Operational Programme.


The main goal of the IE OP is to develop the Polish economy with innovative enterprises as its backbone. This will be achieved through the implementation of the following objectives:

  • to make enterprises more innovative
  • to improve the competitiveness of Polish science
  • to strengthen the role of science in economic development
  • to increase the share of innovative products of the Polish economy in the international market
  • to create more permanent and better workplaces
  • to increase the use of information and communication technologies in the economy.


The IE OP supports highly innovative projects which have significant impact on the national economy. The Innovative Economy Operational Programme is to provide comprehensive support for innovative R&D projects undertaken by entrepreneurs in order to increase their competitiveness in the Single European Market and in international markets, and, consequently, to create more permanent and better jobs in innovative enterprises.

The research sector, which helps to improve the innovativeness and competitiveness of the Polish economy, will also benefit, as the programme will fund research that provides cutting-edge technologies for businesses.

In order to facilitate the development, transfer and implementation of new technological and organizational solutions by entrepreneurs, the programme will support initiatives concerning the business environment, especially those of supraregional importance. Support will also be provided to institutions of key importance for the entire economy, involved in promoting business innovation and entrepreneurship, including networks of such institutions, strong innovation centres and institutions which provide capital for the implementation of innovative projects.

These measures will be implemented under nine priorities of the IE OP. The following areas are to be supported under these priorities: research that may provide innovative solutions; conditions for the development of innovative research and for cooperation between the research and business sectors; companies with potential to commercialize innovative solutions; companies with innovative project concepts; promotion of Polish products and companies with potential on global markets; implementation of ICT solutions in the economy and administration.


  • Priority Axis 1 – Research and development of new technologies
  • Priority Axis 2 – R&D infrastructure
  • Priority Axis 3 – Capital for innovation
  • Priority Axis 4 – Investments in innovative undertakings
  • Priority Axis 5 – Diffusion of innovation
  • Priority Axis 6 – The Polish economy on the international market
  • Priority Axis 7 – Information Society – development of electronic administration
  • Priority Axis 8 – Information Society – increasing innovation in the economy
  • Priority Axis 9 – Technical assistance


The IE OP will be financed from EU funds (European Regional Development Fund – 85 %) and domestic funds (state budget and local self-government budgets – 15 %).

The amount for the entire Programme is euro 9 711 billion; Priority 1 “Research and development of new technologies”  and Priority 2 “R&D infrastructure” will each be supported by euro 1.3 billion.


The rules of IE OP allow to extend the catalogue of expenditure items eligible for co-financing from the European Regional Development Fund to include costs eligible under European Social Fund.


The Ministry of Regional Development is the IE OP Managing Authority (MA). In addition to the MA, the institutional framework includes the following Intermediate Bodies (IB):

  • Ministry of Economy – IB for Priorities 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Ministry of Science and Higher Education – IB for Priorities 1 and 2.
  • Ministry of Interior and Administration – IB for Priorities 7 and 8.

The above institutions will be responsible for the implementation of the respective priorities of the Programme.

For further information, please refer to Operational Programme Innovative Economy 2007 – 2013 and Detailed Description of the Priorities of Operational Programme Innovative Economy 2007 – 2013.

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