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SMP – Intellectual Property Licensing Intermediares – 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. The Single Market Programme aims at improving the functioning of the internal market, the competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises, and consumers' protection.

800,000 euro

Appeal framework

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

Countries associated to the COSME part of the Single Market Programme and countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature are eligible for 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)


Priority 1 – Increase the visibility of such services among the relevant communities (clusters, sector, SME associations etc.)

Priority 2 – Increase the turnover of the supported start-ups

Priority 3 – Refined business models of the support start-ups

Among financed actions 

  • 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 Artificial Intelligence (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

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)
  • Amount of the grant: 125,000 and 200,000 euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 50% of the total eligible costs

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