The Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM) is the program of choice for limited technical innovations from SMEs that are to be developed and brought to market in 1-2 years. Not well suited for software projects.
Maximum grant per company: EUR 135,000 – 270,00
Flat rate: + 100 % of personnel costs for companies, 85 % for research institutions.
Subsidy: 30-60 % of the costs + lump sum
Funding body: Federal Government -> BMWK -> AiF/Euronorm/VDI-VDE
Program budget: approx. 530 million euros per year
Funding topics: Development of innovative products, processes or technical services without restriction to specific technologies and sectors
Eligible to apply: SMEs and medium-sized companies with up to 1,000 employees
Formats: In-house (individual project), consortia (2 or more SMEs), networks (6 or more SMEs)
Application: single-stage, possible on an ongoing basis
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