the EPO is launching its call for proposals for its Academic Research Programme
(ARP). With this revamped scheme, now in its fifth edition, the
EPO will support collaborative research with scientific partner institutions,
which can benefit from a wider scope, bigger budget and longer duration. The ARP
foresees closer interaction between researchers and staff from across the EPO. Under
the programme, grants of up to EUR 150 000 will be awarded per research area in
relation to two streams (each with a grant envelope of €300 000).
The call for proposals is open until 15
October 2021. Proposals for research schemes may be submitted by individual
research institutes or by groups of institutes. In the case of a collaboration between
partner institutes, these institutes can be from anywhere in the world, as long
as the research scheme applicant (contracting partner) is based in any of the
European Patent Organisation’s 38 member states. There are no nationality
requirements for either the principal researcher or the co-researchers.
In the last four years the EPO ARP
has attracted 212 research project proposals. Of these proposals, 19 have been
awarded a grant. The results of the first eleven projects, with video
statements or podcast interviews with the researchers are now available.