Via the WIPANO funding program of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) SMEs can obtain a subsidy of up to 50 % on PROvendis services under certain pre-conditions.

Pre-conditions for a WIPANO subsidy

Eligibly are SMEs, and freelancers with technical and scientific occupations that

  • have their main place of business in Germany 
  • fulfil the criteria of a valid SME Definition according to the applicable EU Directive.

(Key criteria are that less than 250 employees are employed in your company, the annual turnover does not exceed EUR 50 million and that the balance sheet total does not exceed a maximum of EUR 43 million.)

The preconditions for a possible subsidy are that your company

  • has not applied for a patent or a registered utility model during the past 3 years.
  • has not ceased business operations, at the time that the subsidy is granted.
  • has not started with a project, and has also not entered into any contractual relations for the preparation of this project. Especially the conclusion of service contracts is viewed as the start of the project.
WIPANO application

For making an application, the electronic form System "easy-online" can be used. In addition, all application documents must be provided with a legally binding signature, whereby the original is sent per mail to the responsible project sponsor in Jülich.

Information on the WIPANO subsidies

If the application is approved, then up to 50 percent of those expenditures that are eligible are financed on a pro rata basis and in the form of a non-repayable subsidy.

Service package 1: Consultation and detailed examination regarding novelty of the invention  € 800,00
Service package 2: Detailed examination regarding monetary exploitation€ 800,00
Service package 3. (Strategy) Consulting and coordination for the patent application€ 1.000,00
Service package 4: Patent application (official charges and costs for patent solicitor) € 10.000,00
Service package 5: Activities for an exploitation of the invention€ 4.000,00


With the exception of service package 4, a transfer of subsidy amounts of a service package that have not been completely used up is possible under certain circumstances.

All services, for which your company would like to claim the subsidy, must be carried out by a qualified Service provider, such as PROvendis GmbH. All invoices must, in the first instance, be paid by you. An interim settlement is not possible. Vouchers for cash payments are not acceptable for a Settlement.

It is mandatory to carry out service packages 1, 2 and 4, if and when the examination of the invention comes to the result that a patent application is promising. Service package 3 must also be carried out, in the event of a foreign patent application.

The subsidy period is limited to 24 months, during which all subsidy-relevant services must have been carried out. The funding program runs from 01.01.2020 to 31.12.2023. Applications can be submitted at until 30.06.2023.

PROvendis supports you on all service packages, within the framework of the WIPANO development assistance programme and during the application process.

Do feel free to contact us, without any obligation.

Dr. Andreas Voigt
+49 208 9410540