Intellectual Property Licensing Intermediares


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Single Market Programme (SMP) (2021-2027)

Programme Description

The Single Market Programme (SMP) covers the single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics. Specifically, the programme brings together aspects in order to streamline, exploit synergies and provide a better flexible, transparent, simplified and agile framework to finance activities aiming at a well-functioning sustainable internal market.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Intellectual Property Licensing Intermediares


The objective of this call for proposals is to promote the uptake of IP licensing intermediary services, especially those using modern digital tools (e.g. artificial intelligence). Those services should facilitate the licensing out of technologies or business cases owned by European start-ups and SMEs. The ultimate goal of the proposed services must be helping EU start-ups and SMEs to enter new foreign markets or to grow or to innovate faster.

Detailed Call Description

This call for proposals aims primarily at developing innovative IP licensing intermediary services. Call for proposals, IP refers to all intangible assets, including copyright, patent, trade mark, design right, plant variety right, geographic indication and semiconductor topographies, as well as trade secrets and know-how.

At least 75% of the proposed matching activities should refer to intangible assets owned by start-ups and SMEs operating in one of the 14 industrial ecosystems identified as priority for the EU policies, such as the Green Deal and the Digital Strategy. The proposed services can focus on only one or more of those ecosystems. The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions is highly encouraged.

Applicants must explain how they will cooperate with existing SME support structures (especially in relation to IP and research and innovation) during the implementation of the action, mainly through mapping available solutions developed under other EU programmes.
The intermediary services must be transnational under the conditions reflected in “Activities that can be funded section”. The intermediary services must be transnational, covering at least three EU Member States or SMP associated countries. Services for matching start-ups and SMEs established in eligible countries with companies established in third countries are also possible.

Activities that cannot be funded

  • Proposed intermediary services whose concept exists in the market for more than seven years.
  • Intermediary services in the context of stick licensing7 processes or Standard Essential Patents.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


Thematic Categories

  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness

Eligibility for Participation

  • Large Enterprises
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • non-EU countries:
      •  listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Single Market Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry
Industry and Technology Service
1421, Nicosia, Cyprus

Contact Person:
Spyros Triantaphyllidis
Telephone: 22867333

(Publish Date: 16/12/2021-for internal use only)

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