National organisations need to be involved in awareness-raising initiatives, such as campaigns, in order to ensure that the right messages and tools are developed at local level and that the deployment methods are tailored to the national public.

The EU Observatory regularly receives enquiries about potential financial support for national awareness-raising initiatives that are at risk due to lack of funding at national level or that need extra support if they are to be developed further or extended.

Some of these initiatives are fully aligned with the approach that EUIPO promotes through the Observatory and could thus be integrated into initiatives developed by the Observatory itself.

As EUIPO also has a mandate to support the activities undertaken by national authorities, the private sector and EU institutions in the fight against infringements of intellectual property rights, it has decided to set up an open and competitive scheme to support initiatives in this area.

Call for proposals

A call for proposals, aimed at supporting awareness-raising initiatives on the value and benefits of intellectual property (IP), and on the damage caused by infringements was published in January 2015 and closed on 31 March 2015. Involving stakeholders, multipliers and the media, while fostering ‘people-to-people' encounters, the open and competitive call aimed to familiarise EU citizens with IP and its value, as well as to inform them of the dangers of counterfeiting and piracy, show the impact of IP on their everyday lives, deconstruct myths and change attitudes towards IP and, in particular, towards counterfeiting and piracy, notably for younger generations.

Results of the call 2015

Out of a total number of 125 eligible projects received, 11 projects have been awarded under the 2015 call. The projects have a duration of 12 months and the total amount granted is EUR 498 452 (from a total available budget of EUR 500 000). The maximum grant amounts to EUR 50 000.

EUIPO's financial contribution is based on the principle of co-financing, with EUIPO contributing up to maximum 80% of the total eligible costs of each individual initiative.

Consult all documents, eligibility, selection and award criteria, as well as information on selected projects related to the call 2015..

More information for beneficiaries.

Projects supported

To ensure a better dissemination of information on ongoing projects and networking among project coordinators, all projects are detailed in this compendium on the basis of information provided by the applicants at the application stage. It reflects the state of the projects at the end of the selection stage, which means that data such as duration, coordinators or contact details may change during the lifetime of the project.

Successful candidates

Once the grant agreement is signed by both parties, beneficiaries will find all the documentation needed for the management and implementation of their projects in the relevant call page.

Data Protection

All personal data collected by the Office are processed in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EC) N°45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data.