The FNR’s “Renewable Resources” funding program is an important and helpful program for German agriculture and forestry and for downstream companies in the bioeconomy.

  • Maximum grant per company: Usual amounts 300,000 euros.

  • Flat rate: 100% of the personnel costs

  • Subsidy: approx. 30-50 %

  • Funding provider: Federal Government -> FNR (Agency for Renewable Resources)

  • Program budget: approx. 80 million euros.

  • Funding topics: Research, development and demonstration projects: Sustainable production of renewable resources, raw material and residual material preparation and processing, bio-based products and bioenergy sources, see below

  • Eligible to apply: SMEs and large companies

  • Formats: In-house and consortia

  • Application: Two-stage, consecutive or on notices

  • Requirements: The project meets the objectives of the funding program, there is considerable federal interest, see guidelines for details.

  • Difficulty level: Medium

Funding priorities

Funding priorities of the “Renewable raw materials” funding program:

  • Breeding to improve the yield and quality characteristics of raw material plants
  • Sustainable material flow management for the optimal supply of biogenic resources
  • Concepts for sustainable production and utilization of renewable raw materials with special consideration of the resource water
  • Strengthening sustainable forestry to safeguard forest functions
  • Development of innovative conversion processes based on renewable raw materials
  • Decentralized production of recyclable materials in aquatic systems
  • Optimizing the use of biogenic waste materials and tapping recycling potential
  • Development of sustainable heat supply concepts as well as construction and insulation materials for buildings
  • Processing biogenic raw materials into intermediate and especially end products
  • Development of technologies and systems for bioenergy production and use
  • Flexible and efficient bioenergy plants for the production of renewable energy sources (electricity, heat and mobility).