Credits for the Improvement of Competitiveness

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Credits for the Improvement of Competitiveness are a tool of the Argentinean Technology Fund (FONTAR) which grants credits to companies producing goods and services so that they may improve their competitiveness.

The objective is to partially fund projects seeking to improve the competitiveness of companies producing goods and services of different activity branches, through “research, technological development or technological modernization projects”.

The financed projects are as follows:

  • Technology development at pilot and prototype scale. 
  • Production of knowledge applicable to a technological solution, the development of which reaches a laboratory scale or its equivalent.
  • Innovative development of new processes and products at pilot or prototype scale. 
  • Modification of productive processes which imply relevant efforts of engineering.
  • Modification or improvement of the technologies of products or processes, as compared to the ones being currently used by companies. 
  • Introduction of technologies for production management which maximize competitiveness. 
  • Technological developments necessary to advance from pilot stage to industrial stage. 
  • Acquisition of technology incorporated in new equipment for production and the engineering effort associated therewith. Said equipment must represent a technological evolution in relation to the existing equipment of the company. 
  • Incorporation of information and communication technologies to the process. 
  • Implementation of quality systems provided they be part of a broader project.

These credits are aimed at companies producing goods and services established as such at the time of submitting the application and established in the national territory, the billing of which shall not exceed ARS 300,000,000. Said companies shall operate in full compliance with national legislation which regulate their legal status and with the regulations of the pertaining controlling organisms.


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