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This fact sheet by IPR Helpdesk helps in identifying the most relevant intellectual property (IP) aspects that applicants should take into account when writing proposals.

  • Posted on: 11.02.2015
  • Year of publication: 2015

Selected highly innovative, ambitious and passionate small- or medium-sized enterprises (SME) with global ambitions are given the unique opportunity to receive excellent business resources and mentorship as well as substantial funding within the SME Instrument, which is part of the Horizon 2020 programme.

In a highly competitive process, the European Commission (EC) identifies the most promising companies among some of the European SMEs to invest in and support as part of the SME Instrument. Selected companies could receive up to €2.5 million in funding, and world-class business support and mentorship.

This fact sheet helps in identifying the most relevant intellectual property (IP) aspects that applicants should take into account when writing proposals and drafting the business plans needed in the first two Phases. Indeed, in the SME Instrument as in any other funding scheme, identifying the IP is essential to demonstrate that your project is innovative and has a commercial impact. Sound IP management is also essential to attract investors during the commercialisation Phase.

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IP relevance in the SME Instrument

Document type: Practical advice/guide | Scientific field: H2020 | Related Topics: Research and innovation community | Geographical focus: EU Member States