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Funding Programmes
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If you are planning the development of innovative products, processes or even technical services, such development will provide your company with the chance to gain a competitive edge over the competition and pave the way for the positive growth of your company. Every one of these stages in development is generally associated with significant technical risks. Minimise these commercial and technical risks with non-repayable subsidies! We look forward to advising you on them.

Development process for funding

We can provide you with assistance from the initial idea through to market roll-out and beyond. With us at your side you can count on a well-structured development process and the certainty that your project will be implemented in accordance with the relevant guidelines. We can help you not just with the application for funds, but with the business management project controls as well.

A selection of current funding programmes is provided in the following. Our experts offer you the opportunity to get their advice on sources of funding at no obligation to you.

Your contact: Tobias Kübler, Director of Innovation Consulting

Central Innovation Programme SME

Funding priorities: The Central Innovation Programme SME (Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand - ZIM) is a nationwide funding programme for small and medium sized enterprises (SME) with business operations in Germany that want to develop new or significantly improve existing products, processes or technical services. As the cooperation partner of an SME, public and private non-profit research and technology organisations (RTO) are also eligible. Funding is available for individual projects and cooperation projects.
Eligibility: The programme is open to small and medium sized enterprises; companies with up to 500 employees are also eligible to submit applications. Applications for funding for cooperation projects with companies may also be submitted by research establishments in Germany if they are a cooperation partner of an applying company and their subproject is funded.
Deadlines: The final date for application submission is the end of 2019.

Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Environmental Foundation)

Funding priorities: Funding is provided for projects concerned with environmental protection, with a particular focus on small and medium sized enterprises. Fields of support include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Educational constructions
  • Biotechnology
  • Biocide-free sports vessels
  • Memorial and energy
  • Efficiency in the SME sector
  • Emission-reduced small heating systems
  • Energy efficiency / renewable energy
  • Natural sciences and technical education
  • Sustainable chemistry
  • Sustainable pharmacy
  • Sustainable lifestyles
  • Scholarship
  • Reduction of nitrogen emissions

Funding is available for individual projects and cooperation projects.
Eligibility: Eligible are individuals and corporate bodies governed by private and public law, whereby in the business sphere primarily small and medium sized firms are supported.
Deadlines: Applications can be submitted continuously

Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)

FNR funds research and development work on product lines, from initial production through to actual use and the ultimate disposal of renewable resources.
Funding priorities:

    • Biofuels derived from lignocellulose
    • Biotechnological production of liquid hydrocarbons for use as biofuel
    • Starch as a chemical-technical resource
    • Studies on aspects of the sustainability of biofuels
    • Microbiological processes in biogas plants
    • Current breeding strategies in the field of renewable resources
    • Exploitation of lignin as a raw material base
    • Bio-based polymers and bio-based natural fibre reinforced plastics
    • Cultivation of energy crops
    • Solid biofuels
    • ...

    Eligibility: Companies and research establishments


    As part of the High-tech Strategy 2020, the KMU-innovativ funding programme run by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is aimed at strengthening the potential for innovation among small and medium sized enterprises. Funding is open to high-risk industrial research projects and pre-competitive development projects which involve different technologies and have a practical orientation.
    Funding priorities:

      • Biotechnology
      • Medical technology
      • Information and communications technologies
      • Materials research
      • Photonics
      • Production technology
      • Technologies for resource and energy efficiency
      • Civil security reasearch

      Eligibility: Open to small and medium sized enterprises. Within the framework of collaborative research, universities, non-university research establishments and companies who do not fulfil the KMU criteria are also eligible to submit applications.
      Deadlines: Project outlines can be submitted at any time. The deadlines for the evaluation of project outlines are the 15th April and 15th October of each year.

      Federal calls for proposals/Federal funding programs

      The German federal ministries, such as the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, periodically issue new calls for proposals for funding on a wide range of priority topics.
      The calls for proposals normally have deadlines and are open to cooperation projects involving companies and research establishments.

      Funding from the federal states

      The individual federal states of Germany generally set their own funding priorities and therefore also run their own funding programmes. These programmes can be technology-specific, but there are also programmes which are not bound to a certain technology. Examples of federal state funding programmes include:

      • Bavarian technology support programme
      • Rheinland-Pfalz innovation and technology support programme for individual enterprises
      • Innovation vouchers for small and medium sized enterprises
      • Research, development and innovation, as well as knowledge and technology transfer (Hessen)
      • Funding of research, development and innovation (RDI)

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