Experts from SMM Legal provide conceptual and operational assistance for the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) in the organisation of nine innovative R&D projects supporting the objectives of the European Green Deal. The team engaged in the assignment includes, among others, Mateusz Stańczyk (advocate), Monika Adamczak (attorney-at-law), and Marek Bojara (advocate).
“The implementation of each project requires us to carefully prepare the process of research contracting and innovation financing”, explains Mateusz Stańczyk, who supports the customer in this respect. “Aside from understanding the rules of law and the constantly evolving political and regulatory environment, we need to be aware of and consider the specific nature of the industry on a case-by-case basis”, he continues.
The purpose of the NCBR projects is to create innovative solutions aligned with the objectives of circular low-carbon economy. The programmes are not only aimed at introducing new technologies in the Polish economy, but most of all, they pursue the strategy of the European Green Deal, which is expected to make the European Union completely climate-neutral by 2050.
“What is unique about our collaboration is that we help the client carry out problem-driven research activities across multiple projects and various disciplines, while keeping them operationally consistent”, explains Mateusz Stańczyk.
The support provided by SMM Legal’s lawyers includes project preparation, starting from the legal arrangements, to drafting of tender documentation, to negotiating the terms of the tender with the market. Our experts, Monika Adamczak and Mateusz Stańczyk, assisted the Client in adjusting the model conceptually to the requirements of the public procurement law and State aid, and currently Mateusz Stańczyk and Marek Bojara provide ongoing operational support at the stage of design and implementation of subsequent tenders.
“In our consulting services, we leverage the best global practice in managing the R&D financing process as well as our previous experience with this particular Client”, says Mateusz Stańczyk.
What adds to the difficulty of the services is that the projects involve very diverse industries, from creating a technology to promulgate the prefabrication of energy-efficient green residential buildings to the concept of ‘green transformation’ of district heating systems.
The following projects have been announced so far:
- Electrical energy storage
- Treatment plant of the future
- Innovative biogas plant
- Heating plant of the future
- Energy- and process-efficient construction
“The European Union forces us to develop green technologies. In this respect, we will soon face legal, technological and political changes”, summarises Mateusz Stańczyk. “We monitor them on an ongoing basis and we help our Clients respond to the future needs already today”, he adds.