The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports innovative projects and ideas in research through targeted, mostly research-oriented funding programmes to promote the development of new ideas and technologies. The support of the BMBF clearly differs from the supported granted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in that the BMBF consciously combines science and industry with the aim of generating practical solutions for current issues and of enabling the development of innovative products and services.

The individual programmes of the BMBF are usually coordinated by project management organisations. The BMBF project management organisations are your most important contacts regarding BMBF project funding.

Tow of the main objectives of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy are strengthening small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and promoting new technologies and innovations to preserve the competitiveness of the German economy. The BMWi therefore supports companies, particularly SMEs, by creating innovation-friendly basic conditions and promoting market-oriented activities in research, development and innovation. In terms of a continuous and effective knowledge and technology transfer, the BMWi also promotes cooperation of the business sector with universities and research institutions.

A central instrument for implementing these objectives is supporting projects that are open to all technologies and sectors with a special emphasis on cooperation between SMEs and research institutions. Two essential programmes funded by the BMWi are the Central Innovation Programme for Medium-Sized Companies (ZIM) and the Cooperative Industrial Research (IGF) programme.

The research funding of the BMEL is closely linked with the future issues of climate protection, renewable raw materials and food for the world population. A main objective is to preserve natural resources through sustainable agricultural production. At the same time, prospects need to be created for rural areas. The safety of food and a healthy diet are also central research topics. Approximately 400 million euros are allocated annually for the research funding of the BMEL.



The BMUB requires a scientific basis for the preparation of its political decisions. The consulting and research needs arising from the BMU's departmental tasks are described in the mid-term research framework, defined annually in the departmental research plan (formerly: UFOPLAN). The departmental research plan is determined by the priorities and objectives of environmental policy. It provides a basis for decisions for the preparation, review, further development and implementation of environmental policies and environmental measures.



Further Information, Advice and Support?

Do you need support searching for a suitable funding programme, with the proposal or project management?

The federal government’s funding advisory service is the initial point of contact for all questions concerning research and innovation funding. Potential applicants are informed about the federal government's research structure, the support programmes and their contacts and current funding priorities and initiatives.

For internal university support and individual advice for your questions regarding national research funding - from the project idea to the application to project management - please contact  Dr. Anne Clausen, Tel: 0441/ 798-4333.



Dr. Anne CLausen

Tel: 0441/798-4333


Federal funding database (only available in German)

Funding information (only available in German)