SME Fund - The Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund (EUIPO)
Official information sourcehttps://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/online-services/sme-fund
The Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund is a 20 million Euro grant scheme created to help European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access their intellectual property rights.
Supported by the European Commission and the EUIPO, the Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund is aimed at businesses that wish to develop their IP strategies and protect their IP rights, at national, regional or EU level.
Covering IP pre-diagnostic services (IP scan) and/or trade mark and design applications, the Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund can help you power your business.
Each SME can be reimbursed up to a maximum of EUR 1 500.
75% off IP pre-diagnostic services (IP scan)*
Professional IP auditors will help you to identify the value of your intellectual property assets. This can help you learn how to shape your IP business strategy now - and in the future.
50% off trade mark and designapplication fees
Once you have decided what intellectual property rights you would like to protect at a national, regional and EU level, you can get 50% off your basic application fees.
* IP pre-diagnostic services under this scheme are only available through participating national and regional IP offices of the EU.
Before applying, you should check the list to ensure that the IP office in your Member State offers this service.
Am I eligible?
The SME Fund is aimed directly at small and medium-sized enterprises based in the 27 EU Member States, distributed in five phases (windows) during 2021. If your enterprise fits the official EU definition of a SME, you can apply for support for the services described above.
The application windows will open according to the following timetable:
11 January 2021 - 31 January 2021
1 March 2021 - 31 March 2021
1 May 2021 - 31 May 2021
1 July 2021 - 31 July 2021
1 Sept. 2021 - 30 Sept. 2021
Applications made outside each of the five designated time periods will not be considered. Only one application can be made for service 1 or service 2 or a combination of both, always with a maximum reimbursement of EUR 1 500 per applicant. If you request one services in one window, you can apply for the other service in a subsequent window. Grants will be awarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.