13 November - 14 November 2018 | Management Center Europe, Brussels

Please contact Gaël Langosch if you want to receive information.



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In the last years the European Commission adopted some rules that should facilitate the granting of aid measures by Member States in support of research, development and innovation (R&D&I) activities.

The R&D&I State aid Framework sets out the rules under which Member States can grant State aid to companies to carry out R&D&I activities. Moreover, the scope of measures that no longer need to be notified to the Commission for prior approval has been widened under the new General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). These new rules will help Member States reach the targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, while at the same time limiting distortions in the Single Market.

R&D&I projects might suffer from insufficient access to finance (due to asymmetric information) or from coordination problems among firms. Therefore, State aid for R&D&I can be compatible with the internal market where it can be expected to alleviate a market failure in promoting the execution of an important project of common interest.


This intensive 2-day training is an advanced training for officials, professionals and beneficiaries who have knowledge of State Aid and implementing/advising various funding for smart growth projects.

  • Concept and regulatory Framework:
    • EU and Member State support for R&D
    • Concept of State Aid for R&D&I
    • General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) provisions on R&D&I
    • Framework on R&D&I
  • Special sessions on:
    • Non-economic research vs economic research
    • Collaborative research between research organisations and undertakings
    • Identification of market failure and determination of necessity and proportionality of state aid and use of repayable advances
    • Design of claw-back mechanisms in the funding of research infrastructures
  • Case studies from Member States on
    • How to identify innovative SMEs and choose an appropriate funding instruments
    • How to encourage the cooperation between research organisations and undertakings
    • How to  fund research infrastructure
  • Interactive Discussion round and exchange of views


The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and discussion on practical problems. You will have ample opportunities to present your own problematic issues and discuss them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.

Do you want to get sure, that our experts will cover the topics most interesting for you? Just send us your cases and questions in advance. We will forward them to our speakers who will include your issues in the programme and answer them during the training.

All information concerning your problems and cases will be treated confidentially.


Training participants will receive a free copy of Phedon Nicolaides' book 'State Aid Uncovered', a compilation of all State Aid Uncovered articles from 2017.  

Target Group

Lawyers and funding experts responsible for compliance with State aid law of R&D&I projects, working at:

  • State Aid Monitoring Office
  • Departments responsible for R&D&I Funding in the Ministries (of Education, Research, Innovation, technology) and their implementing agencies
  • Departments responsible for R&D&I funding in the regional authorities
  • Managing Authorities and Intermediate bodies responsible for Operational Programmes in the areas of RDI
  • National Research Centres
  • Research centres
  • Universities
  • Clusters and other research associations
  • Lawyers
  • Consultants


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