The research, development and testing of modern materials and new process technologies are to be supported. In particular, this measure is intended to tap the technical and innovative potential of material and material-producing and processing companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, to solve the problems facing them. According to the priorities set by the federal government and the EU, new materials represent an essential key technology for a growth and technology-oriented economy in Bavaria.
The funding covers the following topics and issues in particular:
- Materials for energy technology, in particular for storage technology and energy-saving applications,
- lightweight materials,
- Composite materials and material composites,
- Substitution of resource-limited materials and processes for recycling,
- modeling and simulation of material and material properties as well as processing procedures,
- functionalized surfaces and functional materials,
- innovative material-related process and process technologies for the production of chemical base materials, for the manufacture, processing and functionalization of materials, and for the production of semi-finished products, components and parts.
Recipients of funding
Eligible applicants are
- Companies with headquarters or branch offices in the Free State of Bavaria,
- non-university research institutions as well as state universities and institutions of state universities in Bavaria,
- other applicants with their registered office or branch office in the Free State of Bavaria who have the technical qualifications and sufficient capacity to successfully complete the tasks described in the project.
The research, development and innovation (R&D&I) projects must be carried out in close cooperation between several companies from the commercial sector or between such companies and research institutions. Several partners along the value chain should cooperate. Preference will be given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The following are eligible for funding
- Personnel costs (flat rates),
- Costs for instruments and equipment,
- costs for contract research, technical knowledge and for patents acquired directly or under license from third parties, as well as costs for consulting and equivalent services used exclusively for the research and development project,
- other operating expenses (materials, supplies, etc.) incurred directly as a result of the research and development activity.
Type and scope
The funding is provided in the form of grants as part of project funding.
The aid intensity is
- Up to 50 percent of the eligible costs of the project or feasibility study in the case of industrial research,
- up to 25 percent of the eligible costs of the project or feasibility study in the case of experimental development.
In the case of collaborative projects, the aid intensity is determined for each individual beneficiary; the maximum aid intensity for the collaborative project is 50 percent. In addition, up to 15 percentage points may be granted to industrial project partners if the conditions of Article 25(6)(b) of the GBER are met.
If different project activities can be assigned to both industrial research and experimental development, the funding rate will be determined on a pro rata basis.