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Intellectual Property (IP) Prediagnostic and improving access to Patent Protection for Innovative EU SMEs

12 July 2018


Call summary and aims

The overall objective of this call for proposals is to facilitate and promote the use of intellectual property by innovative European SMEs, by allowing a selected number of innovative European SMEs to benefit from one or more support actions.

The specific objective of this call for proposals is to ensure the provision of administrative and reimbursement services that are necessary in relation to the implementation of the support actions to be offered to the companies.

These support actions, the provision of which is not subject to this call, will in particular:

  • provide "IP pre-diagnostics" to innovative SMEs, such as the ones holding the Seal of Excellence (in countries where there are not enough SoE holders other selection methods, identified at national level, may be used).
  • help these innovative SMEs to apply for European patents, accessing IP attorneys services in relation to these applications.

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of this action is estimated at EUR 4.300.000.

The maximum grant amount per project will be EUR 4.300.000 including the full amount of financing all three types of support actions (the contribution to third parties).

EASME expects to fund one proposal.

The grant is limited to a maximum reimbursement rate of 95% of eligible costs.

EASME reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available.