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SMP COSME – Intellectual Property Licensing Intermediaries – 2021

The Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) under the Single Market Programme (SMP) 2021-2027 aims to promote growth and to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises in the European Union and beyond.

800,000 euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions European Economic Area, European Union

Associated countries and countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature are equally eligible to the grant

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To promote the uptake of IP licensing intermediary services, especially those using modern digital tools (e.g. artificial intelligence)
  • To facilitate the licensing out of technologies or business cases owned by European start-ups and SMEs

Among financed actions

  • Mapping available solutions developed in the context of Horizon 2020, COSME (Enterprise Europe Network and clusters) and the digital hubs, and explain how the proposed intermediary services complement the existing offer
  • Developing strategies to identify “demand” for innovative solutions. This may include demand by entities operating for profit but also demand by entities that do not operate for profit, i.e. public institutions, communities, etc.
  • Interviewing medium and large companies on their challenges to identify their innovation needs and defining matching services accordingly
  • Using AI to squat the innovation landscape (including patent databases), to look for projects that would fit the identified needs
  • Establishing a pool of medium and large companies that may demand innovative solutions
  • Supporting start-ups and SMEs to prepare their business case properly and assisting them through the licensing process
  • Developing IT & AI tools to “match” enterprises, which include EU funded projects, for example Horizon Results Platform, clusters, Enterprise Europe Network and digital hubs
  • Providing related complementary services to the parties involved (e.g. creating, maintaining and expanding a pool of stakeholders who would buy or license innovative solutions; and advisory services for start-ups and SMEs)
  • Developing and using tools for exchange of knowledge between the start-up or the SME and the potential partner in a “safe” environment based on standard non-disclosure agreements, etc.
  • Compiling feedback on the market barriers and challenges and identification of good practices

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: between 12 and 18 months


  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • The intermediary services must be transnational, covering at least three EU Member States or SMP associated countries

Amount of the grant: between 125,000 and 200,000 euro

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