Power your business with the SME Fund
The Ideas Powered for business SME Fund is a €20 million grant scheme helping European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access their intellectual property rights.
A European Commission initiative, the SME Fund is implemented by the EUIPO to support businesses in developing their IP strategies and protecting their IP rights, at national, regional or EU level.
Each SME can be reimbursed up to a maximum of €1,500.
75% reimbursement on IP pre-diagnostic services (IP Scan)
Intellectual property (IP) experts will help you 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% reimbursement on trade mark and design basic application fees
Once you have decided which intellectual property rights you would like to protect at national, regional and EU level, you can get 50% off your basic application fees.
When to apply?
The SME Fund is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises based in the 27 EU Member States. If your enterprise fits the official EU definition of an SME, you can apply for support for the services described above during one of the five phases (windows) in 2021:
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
Only applications submitted within each of the five windows will be considered. You can apply for Service 1, Service 2 or a combination of both. Only one application can be made within each window and only one application per service is allowed. If you request a service in one window, you can still apply for another service in a subsequent window. The maximum reimbursement is limited to €1,500 per applicant, irrespective of how many applications are made. Grants are awarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
How to apply?
Follow our step-by-step guide, and the links provided for more information. If you need more information, please see the FAQ section below.
Follow our checklist to check your SME status and determine whether or not you’re eligible to apply.
Checklist for applicants
Before applying, please make sure you can answer “yes” to all the following questions:
|Is your company an established small and medium enterprise, based in the European Union?|
|Have you read the call for proposals before filling in the application form?|
|Do you know your company’s bank details and have a bank statement (sample) with the following details: company name as account holder; IBAN number (examples); and BIC/SWIFT code?|
|Do you have your company’s VAT certificate or national registration number certificat?|
|Do you know what service/s you plan to apply for (Service 1/Service 2 or both) as outlined in the call for proposals?|
|Do you know what IP rights (trade marks and/or designs) you plan to apply for (Service 2)|
|Do you fully understand that you cannot request these services if you have already received national or EU funding for the same services or part thereof?|
Submit your application and all supporting documentation to the SME Fund. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. NOTE: You can only apply for the SME Fund during the five designated windows in 2021.
After you apply
If successful, you’ll receive a grant decision signed by the EUIPO. Keep it safe – you will need it later! Unsuccessful applicants will be informed of the decision and the reasons for refusal.
On notification of a positive decision, you have 30 days to:
- Apply for an IP pre-diagnostic service. IP pre-diagnostic services are available via the national offices offering this service.
- Apply and pay for your trade mark and/or design. Applications for the registration of trade marks and designs can be made at the national intellectual property offices (national level), in the Benelux Office of Intellectual Property (covering Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg; regional level), or with us at the EUIPO (covering all the Member States of the EU).
Finally, once you've paid for the required services, submit your request for reimbursement using the link given in the grant decision. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your request.
Payment will be made within one month, subject to the approval of the information and documentation submitted. Beneficiaries will be notified by email accordingly
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