In particular, joint projects in the pre-competitive sector are funded that will strengthen the business performance of SMEs and make Germany a more attractive business location.
Consortia should consist of a limited, manageable number of applicants. These may involve other actors in the research project by placing orders. Multinational research partnerships, e.g., under the EUREKA European research initiative, will be received favourably.
There are two ways to obtain project funding:
1. Participate in a competition relating to a new research subject
There is normally one national call to tender for a specific subject in the form of a competition. The process has four phases:
- Phase 1 - Draw up and submit project outlines
- Phase 2 - Assess and select the best outlines for funding
with the participation of an independent jury
- Phase 3 - The competition winner submits an application
- Phase 4 - Applications are received, agreed and approved,
and the project commences
- Phase 5 - project execution
- Phase 6 - application
2. Submission of individual project drawings
Especially innovative and attractive proposals with close links to the funding priority can be considered as an individual project in exceptional cases. To this end, outlines can be submitted to the Project Management Agency. Once the Project Management Agency has inspected the outline and made any improvements, the proposal is assessed by qualified experts. If successful, the process flow is then as described in phases four to six above.