The EPO offers grants for academic research
150000 - 600000 EUR
The EPO has launched a call for proposals under its Academic Research Programme.
With a revamped scheme, the EPO will award grants totalling €600 000 for research into the new frontiers of innovation and digital technologies for IP.
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).
Stream A: The new frontiers of innovation (one research area)
• Research area 1: From university research to innovation ecosystems
This stream calls for projects focussing on the impact of academic research on industrial innovation and the economy. Universities and public research organisations are key actors of today's innovation ecosystems and a major source of scientific breakthroughs with disruptive potential for the economy.
Stream B: Digital technologies for IP (two research areas)
• Research area 2: Artificial intelligence for IP training and education
This stream concerns three interrelated lines of research touching upon methodologies, communication channels and formats that can support IP training and education for the future. They will guide the design of EPO educational programmes while also contributing to IP training and education worldwide.
• Research area 3: Artificial intelligence in the domain of patents
Patents present intriguing challenges in relation to natural language processing and computer vision, particularly with regard to the diagrams therein. The EPO is therefore interested (i) in raising awareness of the useful of patents as a data source for AI and machine learning; and (ii) supporting research that can add value to the EPO's own projects and tools related to AI and patent processing.
Researchers working in the field in IP, economics, technology transfer, innovation management, entrepreneurship, data analytics, data science, computer science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, education psychology and distance learning are invited to apply now!
The call for proposals is open until 15 October 2021.