European Seminar State Aid for Research, Development and Innovation

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Legal Framework ● Avoiding Unlawful Aid ● Practical Examples Handling Diverse Income Streams at Higher Education Institutions in Light of State Aid Law

It is essential for Higher Education Institutions (HEI) andResearch Institutions to correctly apply State aid law.Being increasingly dependent on alternative financialresources such as EU Funds or other income sources andactivities, universities and research institutes need tocheck systematically, whether the State aid law regimeapplies for the planned activities and projects.

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Practical Approaches for Various State Aid Cases in RDI


In this practical seminar participants are confronted withvarious hands-on questions regarding State aid in RDI.Use the opportunity to discuss questions of licencing andIP or the usage of shared facilities with your fellowcolleagues from Europe. Take the chance to approachvarious State aid cases and questions such as thedistinction between technology transfer, knowledgetransfer and consultancy or projects related to severalarticles in the GBER.

Seminar will focus on:


  • Application the Union Framework for RDI in practice
  • Correct distingtion and recording of economic andnon-economic activities
  • Characteristins of easonable full costing scheme at Higher Education Institutions

What will you learn at this Practical Seminar?

  • The connection between State aid and the Horizon Framework Programmes
  • Coping with licences and intellectual property (IP) with regards to State aid
  • Strategies to avoid unlawful cross-subsidisation
  • Assessment of various constellations of cooperation with the private sector with regards to State aid
  • The impact of State aid regulations on financing RDI infrastructure and technology parks
  • Approaches to technology parks and cluster management
  • Preparation for a financial audits in RDI projects

Who is this seminar for?

Staff from

  • Higher Education and Research Institutions
  • National and regional ministries and agencies responsible for R&D&I
  • Research & technology centres, clusters and other bodies engaged in R&D activities
  • Start-up support services
  • Competition authorities
  • Companies and industry working in R&D&I
  • National and regional Audit Institutions

Working in departments such as:

  • EU and national funding
  • Legal Affairs
  • Research & Development, Technology Transfer, Valorisation
  • State aid and State aid control
  • Internal Audit
  • Finance and Accountancy
  • Controlling
  • Business Development
  • Competition Policy
  • External Affairs

Our expert
for this event:

Bernhard Michael von Wendland
Bernhard Michael von WendlandIndustrial R&I-Agenda und Business Intelligence, European Commission