Research and innovation funding

From the project idea all the way to innovation: Your key to success

Bava­ria is a lea­ding cent­re of rese­arch and tech­no­lo­gy – not only wit­hin Ger­ma­ny, but also on a European sca­le. It has achie­ved this sta­tus pri­ma­ri­ly due to the scores of highly-skilled uni­ver­si­ties, busi­nes­ses and orga­ni­sa­ti­ons who are stri­ving to break new ground in the field of rese­arch and inno­va­ti­on (R&I). In order to sustain and build on this lea­ding posi­ti­on, Bava­ria offers a num­ber of fun­ding and sup­port pro­gram­mes.

The Bava­ri­an Rese­arch and Inno­va­ti­on Agency’s goal is to pro­vi­de the region’s key play­ers with the best pos­si­ble sup­port when it comes to tur­ning their ide­as into a rea­li­ty. To achie­ve this, we allo­ca­te fun­ding and pro­vi­de advice and sup­port regar­ding app­li­ca­ti­ons for natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal (pri­ma­ri­ly European) pro­gram­mes.

Identifying the ideal funding programme

Each R&I pro­ject is uni­que and has its own set of under­ly­ing cir­cum­s­tan­ces. For each plan­ned pro­ject, we seek out the ide­al fun­ding tool and advi­se app­li­cants on the rele­vant terms and con­di­ti­ons, pro­vi­ded that at least one of the par­ti­ci­pants is from Bava­ria.

As a pro­ject admi­nis­tra­tor and fun­ding body, we are respon­si­ble for issuing funds from pro­gram­mes for uni­ver­si­ties and busi­nes­ses in Bava­ria. Orga­ni­sa­ti­ons from out­si­de of Bava­ria may also bene­fit from this fun­ding but the app­li­ca­ti­on must always be sub­mit­ted by an orga­ni­sa­ti­on wit­hin Bava­ria (e.g. for the BayIn­tAn fun­ding pro­gram­me).
We help sta­ke­hol­ders from sci­ence and busi­ness to access a ran­ge of fun­ding pro­gram­mes on a natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal sca­le. In Ger­ma­ny, this inclu­des pro­gram­mes offe­red by orga­ni­sa­ti­ons such as the Ger­man Rese­arch Foun­da­ti­on (Deut­sche For­schungs­ge­mein­schaft or DFG) and the Ger­man Federal Minis­try of Edu­ca­ti­on and Rese­arch (known as the BMBF), the WIPANO fun­ding cam­pai­gn by the Ger­man Federal Minis­try for Eco­no­mic Affairs and Ener­gy (known as the BMWi) and its Cen­tral Inno­va­ti­on Pro­gram­me for SMEs (known as ZIM for short). To be eli­gi­ble for our sup­port with natio­nal pro­gram­mes, our “cli­ents” must have a regis­te­red office in Ger­ma­ny.

On a European level, we focus on Hori­zon 2020, the EU’s frame­work pro­gram­me for rese­arch and inno­va­ti­on. Howe­ver, we also work with smal­ler pro­gram­mes, such as calls under ERA-Net (a cam­pai­gn that aims to impro­ve coope­ra­ti­on bet­ween European rese­arch orga­ni­sa­ti­ons) and calls in the EU’s COSME pro­gram­me for impro­ving the com­pe­ti­tiveness of small and medium-sized enter­pri­ses. Cross-border regio­nal pro­jec­ts are sup­por­ted by pro­gram­mes such as INTERREG, a decen­tra­li­sed instru­ment wit­hin the EU’s struc­tu­ral and invest­ment poli­cy.

We advi­se poten­ti­al app­li­cants on the oppor­tu­nities avail­ab­le under the­se pro­gram­mes and sup­port the app­li­ca­ti­on pro­cess if they wish to work with a part­ner from Bava­ria.

Small and medium-sized enter­pri­ses (SMEs) are key pil­lars of tech­no­lo­gi­cal pro­gress. Howe­ver, they do not always have the finan­ci­al and orga­ni­sa­tio­nal resour­ces nee­ded to turn inno­va­ti­ve ide­as into rea­li­ty and ensu­re that their deve­lop­ments are legal­ly pro­tec­ted.

Spe­cial fun­ding pro­gram­mes for SMEs help to impro­ve this situa­ti­on.

The EU has set up a num­ber of fun­ding pro­gram­mes that are tailor-made to the needs of SMEs:

  • Hori­zon 2020 – SME Instru­ment: Gea­red towards highly-innovative small and medium-sized enter­pri­ses. We pro­vi­de Bava­ri­an SMEs with sup­port in pre­pa­ring their app­li­ca­ti­ons for the SME Instru­ment. If your pro­ject is suc­cess­ful in recei­ving fun­ding, your SME is also ent­it­led to recei­ve sup­port from Bay­FOR and Bay­ern Inno­va­tiv as key account mana­gers (KAMs). After a detail­ed need ana­ly­sis, the KAM gets in touch with a skil­led busi­ness coach, who pro­vi­des the SME with free advice. The KAM super­vi­ses the coope­ra­ti­on bet­ween the SME and the busi­ness coach, making sure that ever­ything runs pro­fes­sio­nal­ly.
  • Other rele­vant fun­ding pro­gram­mes for SMEs inclu­de EUREKA Euro­stars, COSME and IraS­ME.

Fur­ther­mo­re, our part­ner Bay­ern Inno­va­tiv pro­vi­des Bava­ri­an SMEs with advice on inno­va­ti­on manage­ment and use the “IMP3rove” tool to ana­ly­se the company’s inno­va­ti­on stra­te­gy.

As part of the WIPANO pro­gram­me (which stands for “know­ledge and tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer through patents and stan­dards” in Ger­man), the Baye­ri­sche Patent­al­li­anz GmbH offers advice to SMEs from or based in Bava­ria and helps them to patent and mar­ket their inven­ti­ons.

Project initiation and application submission

Every fun­ding pro­gram­me has its own ent­ry requi­re­ments as well its own spe­ci­fic app­li­ca­ti­on pro­cess.

Pro­vi­ded that a Bava­ri­an part­ner is invol­ved in the pro­ject, we offer the fol­lo­wing sup­port ser­vices:

We sup­port app­li­cants in pre­pa­ring their grant app­li­ca­ti­ons, hel­ping both with admi­nis­tra­ti­on and con­tent.

Fur­ther­mo­re, we also employ our net­work to build up rese­arch con­sor­tia and pro­vi­de them with effec­tive sup­port in sear­ching for pro­ject part­ners on a Bava­ri­an, natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal level.

By crea­ting a net­work bet­ween sci­ence and indus­try, we can match rese­arch orga­ni­sa­ti­ons and uni­ver­si­ties with sui­ta­ble part­ners from the indus­try.

When dealing with EU fun­ding pro­gram­mes, our ser­vices also inclu­de pre­pa­ring con­trac­ts bet­ween the European Com­mis­si­on and the pro­ject part­ners, and pro­vi­ding inten­si­ve sup­port for pro­ject imple­men­ta­ti­on.

Implementation of R&I projects

We sup­port busi­nes­ses and rese­arch orga­ni­sa­ti­ons with the imple­men­ta­ti­on of their R&I pro­jec­ts (rese­arch & inno­va­ti­on) – pro­vi­ded that they are being coor­di­na­ted in Bava­ria. Our ser­vices ran­ge from pro­ject manage­ment through to the dis­se­mi­na­ti­on of rese­arch results and public rela­ti­ons activi­ties.

We are com­mit­ted to help mana­ge regio­nal, natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal fun­ded net­works made up of rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ves from sci­ence and busi­ness.