WIPANO funding program: Launched in 2016 by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the WIPANO program is aimed at universities, non-university research institutes as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for the protection and commercialization of their intellectual property rights (IPRs). Now in its second edition, the BMWi continues to count on proficient tech transfer offices such as BayPAT to support these institutions and businesses en route to a patent and to promote the commercial application of their IPRs.
BayPAT advises and supports SMEs within the framework of the BMWi’s WIPANO funding program (as of January 1st 2020)
BayPAT advises SMEs on all matters regarding the protection and commercialization of their inventions. These services are within the framework of the BMWi’s WIPANO funding program.
Who can apply? (Excerpt from eligibility conditions)
Apart from academic research institutes, the WIPANO program is open to all industrial SMEs and self-employed individuals within all technical or scientific sectors. As a prerequisite, all commercial or professional activity must be carried out as a main occupation and business premises and branches have to be permanently maintained in Germany. SMEs must also meet the criteria of the EU directive (VO (EU) 651/2014 with Appendix 1 "SME definition"), i.e. less than 250 employees, an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million.
Importantly, the applicant must not have filed a patent application or utility model application within the past 3 years or been granted additional funding. Finally, the project must not have started when the grant application is submitted.
What is supported?
The funding roadmap to a commercialized patent consists of the following service packages (SPs):
- SP 1: General advice and detailed assessment regarding novelty (funding up to EUR 800)
- SP 2: Detailed assessment regarding commercial application (funding up to EUR 800)
- SP 3: Advice (regarding the strategy) and coordination of the patent application procedure (funding up to EUR 1,000)
- SP 4: Patent application (funding up to EUR 10,000)
- SP 5: Commercialization activities (funding up to EUR 4,000)
The maximum funding period is 24 months. Funding is provided in the form of partial financing as a non-repayable grant. The grant amounts to 50% of eligible expenditure with a maximum possible limit of EUR 16,600.
Applicants are advised to use the "easy-online" electronic application system.
BayPAT provides advice and support along the entire application process.