The European Patent Office will award grants totalling €600 000 for research into the new frontiers of innovation and digital technologies for IP.
Apply for research grants under the ARP 2021 by 15 October 2021
The EPO recognises the importance of high-quality research on patent-related intellectual property (IP) matters to inform policymakers and facilitate sound business decisions in a context where intangible assets, innovation and IP rights have become pivotal in the economy. With our Academic Research Programme (EPO ARP), launched in 2017, we seek in particular to encourage more academic IP research and to promote the dissemination of research results.
In order to facilitate effective research collaboration, we support collaborative research schemes in which scientific partner institutions team up to work on projects with a broader scope, bigger budget and longer duration, and with the potential to involve a range of EPO departments.
This year, the EPO ARP comprises two main streams:
Stream A: The new frontiers of innovation (one research area)
Stream B: Digital technologies for IP (two research areas).
Each stream focuses on a clearly defined research area supported by the respective EPO departments.
Under EPO ARP researchers can benefit from:
collaborative research schemes involving relevant EPO departments
research schemes built up of a consistent set of sub-projects
the possibility to involve scientific partner research institutions
more time to carry out the research
an attractive grant package of up to EUR 150 000 per scheme
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