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Factsheet for measure CZ-2020-14/399 Updated – measures in Czechia

Czech Rise Up Programme 1.0 and 2.0 – Smart solutions to combat COVID-19

Program Czech Rise Up 1.0 a 2.0 – Chytrá opatření proti COVID-19

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 02 April 2020 – 17 December 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/Innovation
Author Renata Kyzlinková (RILSA)
Measure added 08 April 2020 (updated 27 May 2021)

Background information

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

Content of measure

The priority group of activities supported financially from the programme consists of the expansion of capacities or the introduction of new protective equipment solutions such as respirators and ventilators. The Czech 'Rise Up' programme is complemented by the 'Tech against COVID-19 programme' which has already been approved by the government.

In the second and third group of the programme, the funded activities are targeted at the deployment of medical and non-medical solutions that can help contrasting the COVID-19 infection, including measures to mitigate the impact of further virus spread and also address the consequences of this situation.

The beneficiary may be a business entity. The subsidy is provided in the form of de minimis, i.e. the maximum amount of support is around €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 program: max two years or until the financial allocation has been exhausted.


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

16 November 2020

Czech Rise Up 2.0

The program supports the projects that aim to introduce a new and hitherto non-existent medical solutions in practice, which can help fight against COVID-19 infection.

As in the first Czech Rise Up call, the beneficiaries may be business entities and research organizations. The total financial amount available in the call is CZK 100,000,000 (€3,822, 630 approx.). The maximum amount of the subsidy for one applicant for one project is CZK 10,000,000 (€382,263 approx.) and the support rate is set at 75% of the eligible project expenditures.

Requests for support were received during the period 18 November 2020 - 17 December 2020.

16 July 2020

The Ministry of Industry and Trade is preparing a follow-up call: Czech Rise Up 2.0. The idea behind is again to support smart technological solutions against coronavirus.

Use of measure

Czech Rise Up (support for new technological solutions): On 13 November 2020, 64 projects were supported with a total subsidy of CZK 161.9 million and CZK 26.8 million were paid out.


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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
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Consulted
Form Not applicable Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


no involvement

Views and reactions

The program was designed on the basis of a flash needs analysis, which took place between 19 and 24. March 2020 as part of a large online survey involving almost four hundred entrepreneurs.


  • 02 April 2020: Program Czech Rise Up – Smart solutions to combat COVID 19 (


Eurofound (2020), Czech Rise Up Programme 1.0 and 2.0 – Smart solutions to combat COVID-19, measure CZ-2020-14/399 (measures in Czechia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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