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Factsheet for measure CZ-2020-14/2711 Updated – measures in Czechia

Program Czech Rise Up – Smart solutions to combat COVID-19

Program Czech Rise Up – Chytrá opatření proti COVID-19

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 02 April 2020 – 15 May 2020
Context COVID-19, Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/Innovation
Author Aleš Kroupa (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs)
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 17 November 2022)

Background information

The recipient of support can only be an entrepreneur or a research organisation that is listed as research organisation (according to § 33a of act no. 130/2002 Coll., on the support of research, experimental development and innovation from public funds, as amended.

Companies applying for the scheme must: * have no arrears to the state; delay in paying arrears or a settlement agreement; arrears are considered to be settled arrears for the past calendar year; * have no arrears due to the wage claims of its employees for the past calendar year; * cannot be a commercial company in which the public official, or a person controlled by them, owns a share representing at least 25% of the shareholder's participation in the company (according to act no. 159/2006 Coll., on conflicts of interest).

Content of measure

The Ministry of Industry and Trade announced the call 'The Czech Rise Up - Smart measures against Covid-19'. The objective of the programme is to support the rapid deployment of technologies and solutions, both medical and non-medical, that will assure an effective combat of COVID-19 pandemic. The programme covers operating costs of companies that plan to introduce new solutions and products against COVID-19, need to expand current production or change production focus towards manufacturing of protective equipment.

The programme sees expansion of capacities or introduction of new protective equipment solutions such as respirators and ventilators as a priority group of activities (activity A). In the second and third group of the programme (activity B and C), the funded activities are targeted at the development of medical and non-medical solutions that can help combat COVID-19 infection, including projects that can prevent further virus spread and also mitigate the consequences of the pandemic.

The subsidy is provided in the form of de minimis aid, that is the maximum amount of support is €200,000. The amount of state funds' participation in the eligible expenditure of the project ranges between 50–90% of the total costs, depending on the activity.

Duration of the programme: maximum 2 years or until the financial allocation has been exhausted.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

06 September 2022

On September 6, 2022, the 3rd version of the subsidy program Czech Rise Up 3.0 - Research into medical solutions in the age of digitization was announced. In the second and third group of the programme (activity B and C), the funded activities are targeted at the development of medical and non-medical solutions that can help combat COVID-19 infection, including projects that can prevent further virus spread and also mitigate the consequences of the pandemic.

Use of measure

Two hundred proposals were admitted in the first call. 65 projects have been supported.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions

Very quick reaction from Ministry of Industry and Trade has been appreciated by the enterpreneurs (based on the survey made among 400 enterpreneurs between 19–24 March 2020).


  • 31 October 2022: Czech Rise Up Programme - Smart measures against COVID19 (


Eurofound (2022), Program Czech Rise Up – Smart solutions to combat COVID-19, measure CZ-2020-14/2711 (measures in Czechia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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