The "Innovation Vouchers" funding program is intended to introduce small companies/handicraft enterprises to cooperation with research institutions and other companies/innovation partners. This is intended to strengthen their innovative strength for the challenges of the future.
Funding can be provided for the planning, development and implementation of new products, production processes or services or a significant improvement of existing products, production processes and services. The development of software is generally not eligible for funding.
Recipients of funding
Eligible applicants are small companies/craft enterprises in the commercial sector or the liberal professions which employ fewer than 50 people, whose annual turnover or annual balance sheet does not exceed EUR 10 million and which have a permanent establishment or branch in Bavaria, as well as start-ups with their registered office in Bavaria.
Only services provided by external research and development institutions are eligible for funding.
Type and scope
The funding is provided in the form of grants as part of project funding.
The aid intensity is 40 percent of the eligible costs, increased by 10 percentage points each time up to a maximum of 60 percent if the company is based in a "region with a special need for action", if a university or comparable non-university research institution is commissioned, and in the case of microenterprises with fewer than 10 employees.