In its search to encourage more academic research on the role of patents in the European economy – as well as to promote the dissemination of research results – the European Patent Office is providing financial support for rigorous research projects that set out to produce empirical evidence with relevant implications for policy makers and business in Europe.

The first annual call for projects is offering a total of €300 000 in patent research grants. Selected projects will be granted between €20 000 and €100 000 each.

The EPO may also offer assistance on a case-by-case basis, for example by sharing internal expertise or helping to organise project-specific workshops.

Selection criteria

The grants will be awarded to a limited number of well-defined projects addressing a specific question within the 6 thematic areas listed below which span various disciplinary fields including economics, IP management, IP law and data sciences. Interdisciplinary projects will also be considered.

  1. The European patent system’s impact on trade and investment in Europe
  2. Patent services and intermediaries in Europe
  3. IP business models and patent valuation methods
  4. Patents for SMEs and universities in Europe
  5. Patents and climate change mitigation technologies
  6. Advanced use of PATSTAT and patent analytics.

Project proposals must be submitted in English.

The call for projects is open to individuals and research teams based in a member state of the European Patent Organisation. In the case of cross-organisational co-operation, the proposal must be submitted and the project led by an individual or research team based in a member state of the European Patent Organisation.

Selection process

The proposals will be peer-reviewed by external experts specialising in the relevant research area. The grants will be awarded by the Programme’s Scientific Committee chaired by the EPO Chief Economist by the end of July 2017.

Research proposals will be rated according to the following criteria:

  • originality and innovativeness of the research question
  • potential policy/business implications
  • clarity and quality of the proposed methodology
  • ability of the applicant to successfully complete the project
  • relevance of the proposed budget

How to apply

Project proposals – in English – must be submitted using the template available for download in the top-right corner of this page https://www.epo.org/learning-events/materials/academic-research-programme.html

The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 June 2017.

Queries and completed applications should be sent to ARP@epo.org.

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