Content Navigation
Home | Slovak version
SIEA - Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency




SIEA realises support programmes for entrepreneurs, which were prepared in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic.

Innovation vouchers

Supporting direct cooperation between entrepreneurs and research and development organizations.

Within the frame of this pilot project, in 2013 enterprises were able to use the services of 43 research and development organizations. Several dozen small and medium-sized enterprises ordered these services. Since then, support through innovation vouchers for the success of the pilot project has been multiplied.

Subsidies for technological clusters

Rejuvenation of mutual cooperation, expert activities and presentations of industrial cluster organizations.

In the first year, State aid in the form of subsidies was given to six technological clusters. The intensity of aid amounts to 60% of eligible expenditure.

The competition “Innovative action of the year”

Promotion of specific innovative solutions of Slovak enterprises.

During the previous years of this competition, enterprises and organizations with hundreds of innovations applied to receive the Prize of the Minister of Economy. Experts choose the best solutions in the categories Product innovation, Technological innovation and Innovation in services. Winners in each category receive a financial prize. They also have the opportunity to come into the limelight.

International activities in innovations

Projects funded through the Operational Programme Central Europe, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, the International Visegrad Fund and Interreg Europe. SIEA is also a member of European Cluster Alliance (ECA).


Objective:To improve regional/national policy instruments seeking to intensify clusterisation processes (especially in KETs related sectors), fostering clusters' and business networks interregional cooperation, integration into innovative value chains and better employment for the implementation of smart specialization strategies.

The role of SIEA:
- To intensify interactions between universities, research, scientific organisation and SMEs, to support mutual networking of innovative subjects,
- Process relevant recommendations based on foreign experience for the Slovak state aid scheme,
- Identification of the most suitable cluster candidates for the award bronze and gold label according to ESCA methodology.

Other useful links:
More about ClusterFY


Objective: Establish and improve conditions for cooperation among clusters in countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

The role of SIEA: Analyze the potential of new industries, consider appropriate tools to start their development through cluster cooperation and inform on the possibilities of international cooperation of clusters through contact points and a virtual interactive platform.


Achieving Cluster Excellence

Objective: Strengthen the level of cluster management through international cluster benchmarking.

The role of SIEA: For the purpose of cluster benchmarking, SIEA experts verify the ability of clusters according to the methodology of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) and identify the most suitable candidates for the award "Gold Label".


Other useful links:

ACE leaflet 

Registration - European Cluster Cooperation 

Visegrad Innovate

Objective: Establish an independent framework for the development of innovations in the V4 countries through methods of critical analysis of innovation policies.

The role of SIEA: Participate in interdisciplinary research, innovative policies and preparation of tools and methods for improving innovation performance.


© 2018 Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency |
webdesign and CMS