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Research networks

Research networks

Do you want to develop innovative and digital processes, products or services but lack the necessary personnel resources or expertise?

Then we look forward to being your research partner! You know what the software has to do. We know how it can accomplish it. We work together to define and realize the project.

Advantages for your company:

  • Competent and reliable research partner with years of convincing experience in state-of-the-art research in the field of software and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Expert support for your project through government research grants
  • Expert technical expertise provided by our scientists
  • Personal support through a point-of-contact in all project phases


  • “Getting to know one another” workshop for jointly analyzing the issue to be resolv

  • Advice on the available opportunities for cooperation

  • Technical and administrative support in creating the application for joint projects

  • Competent partner during the entire project

Funding at a glance

You can find information and an overview of government funding programs in the funding database operated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. 

The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy also offers a wide range of funding opportunities for various target groups and industries. In addition, the European Union offers numerous funding opportunities that can be discovered through the EURAXESS search portal. Tenders sorted by topic can be identified via the Funding Platform. A current overview of active open calls within the framework of Horizon 2020 is available via the European Commission Funding & Tender Opportunities portal.

Thanks to our years of experience in the area of alliance research, we are in a position to support you and your company with your funded research project.

Special funding programs for small-to-medium enterprises


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Funding volume for SMEs: No restrictions

Funding level for SMEs: Up to 50 %

Application timeframe: Two deadlines
(April 15 and October 15)

Required fields of research: Bio-economy, electronics and autonomous driving, super computing, research into public safety, medical technology, information and communications technologies, interactive technologies for health and quality of life, materials research, photonics and quantum technologies, production technologies, resource efficiency and climate protection, human-technology interaction

Focal points: Excellence and degree of innovation, high degree of research and high utility opportunities

Project language: German

Iuk Bayern

Bavarian R&D funding program for information and communications technologies (STMWi)

Funding volume for SMEs: Dependent on the individual open call

Funding level for SMEs: Up to 50 %

Application timeframe: Dependent on the individual open call

Required fields of research: Hardware and software engineering, data and knowledge management, human-machine communications, real-time systems, embedded systems, data networks for intelligent infrastructures (energy, mobility…), automation and intelligent production, communications networks, technical IT services, IT security, cross-sectional topics such as reliability, robustness, quality assurance processes, quantum technology etc.

Focal points: Execution associated with significant technical and economic risks, high degree of innovation, implementation and realization in Bavaria

Project language: German


Central innovation program for SMEs (BMWi)

Funding volume for SMEs: Max. 450,000 €

Funding level for SMEs: 30 – 55 %

Application timeframe: Any time

Required fields of research: No requirements

Focal points: Challenging, market-oriented R&D projects with a high degree of innovation and solid market chances

Language: German


Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)

Funding volume for SMEs: Not limited; for start-ups not older than three years, a limit of 100,000 € applies

Funding level for SMEs: Up to 50 %, start-ups up to 75 %

Application timeframe: Two deadlines per year
(April 15 and October 15)

Required fields of research: Automated information processing, digital assistants, computer vision/image comprehension, voice and text comprehension, data-driven systems, data engineering, basic issues related to intelligent systems
Focal points: High-risk industrial R&D with significant degree of innovativeness in the field of AI; clear added value compared to established methods

Language: German

EU Funding & Tenders Portal

Open Calls - Project-related EU funding for SMEs

Funding volume for SMEs: Vary

Funding level for SMEs: Vary

Application timeframe: New open calls are announced on an on-going basis

Required fields of research: No set fields; defined by the respective project
Focal points: Innovative technical solutions

Language: English

Further Information

[Translate to English:] Whitepaper Open Calls
Open Calls - Funding for SMEs made easy
Download pdf - german

Research allowance

In Germany, research and development expenses are tax deductable as of 2020 within the framework of the so-called research allowance. “The goal is to strengthen the innovation environment in Germany and stimulate research activity within small-to-medium enterprises in particular.” Further information is available Research Grant Certification Center (BSFZ).

  • All companies are eligible to apply, regardless of their size
  • Funding of all topics from research to product and process development
  • Funding independent of project start (completed, ongoing, future projects)
  • Funding of actual instead of planned costs

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