Support for Research and Innovation

Germany possesses a varied scientific landscape. The R&D departments of the companies, colleges and non-university research institutions are the driving forces of scientific and technological performance capability and thus engines of growth and prosperity.

Support programmes make it possible for public funds to have a direct effect on research and innovation policy. With this instrument, one can react directly to current questions, new developments and challenges. For this there exist various support and/or technical programmes of the German federal government, the individual federal states and the European Commission.

Innovation Support from Mecklenburg Vorpommern

Supporting of Research, Development and Innovation from 2007 to 2013

The aim of the technology policy of the federal state is to create the general conditions that make it possible for companies and research institutions to successfully realise commercially relevant research, development and innovation projects.

In the funding period from 2007 to 2013, 155 million Euros are available for commercially relevant research and technological development. The directive for the promotion of research, development and innovation contains the following main focuses for funding:

  • Subsidies for research and development projects (R&D projects)
    - single-company projects and/or as R&D joint project
  • Subsidies for research and development projects (R&D projects)
  • Subsidies for commercial property right activities by small and medium-sized companies (SMC)
  • Subsidies for the supporting of young innovative companies
  • Subsidies for process and operational innovations in the service providing sector
  • Subsidies for innovation consultancy services and innovation supporting services
  • Subsidies for the loaning of highly qualified personnel from a research institution or a major company to a SMC

Promotion of Research, Development and Innovation from 2014 to 2020

From 2014 to 2020, the federal state of Mecklenburg Vorpommern is concentrating its promotion of research and development on six fields of technology: mobility, energy, mechanical engineering, information and communication technology, nutrition and health. More information on the new directive will be given once it has been drafted.

Federal Government Support

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) aims support at small and medium-sized companies. For example, it supports research und development, facilitates collaborations with science and promotes innovation consulting in companies.

Central Innovation Program SME (ZIM)

One of the important promoting programs of the German federal government for medium-sized companies is the Central Innovation Program SME (ZIM). It is a nation-wide support programme open to different technologies and industries, which financially supports market-oriented technological research and development projects of small and medium-sized businesses. Important for receiving the promise of a subsidy from ZIM are the amount of innovation and good market sale opportunities for the subsidised R&D projects. An application can be made at any time until 31.12.2014 and is relatively uncomplicated.

Subsidy Opportunities:

  • ZIM single projects
    single-company R&D projects of companies
  • ZIM cooperation projects
    R&D cooperation projects between companies and by companies with research facilities
  • ZIM cooperation networks
    Cooperation networks as unit of network management and R&D projects

You can find details of the funding conditions and the application process here.

Funding Data Bank

In addition to the Central Innovation Programme (ZIM) there are other funding programmes of the German federal government in the field of technology, research und development. The funding data bank of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology acts as a central source of information for this. It gives a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the funding programmes of the German federal government, the states and the European Union.

European Commission

The 7th research framework programme of the European Union will still be running until the end of 2013. The research framework programmes provide the thematic, administrative and financial framework for this and supplement the national research support.

From 2014, the new framework programme for research and innovation, "Horizon 2020" will be following the 7th EU research framework programme (FRP). Horizon 2020 will combine all the support programmes of the European Commission that are relevant to research and innovation. The EU research framework programme HORIZON 2020 (2014–2020) is being prepared in consultation between the European Parliament, European Commission and the European Council as representation of the member states.

You can find further information here.

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