The Bavarian Research Foundation promotes application-oriented research and development. The funding is intended to enable or accelerate the implementation of research and development results in new products, processes and technologies.
Funding is largely open to all technologies. The funding priorities are in the fields of life sciences, information and communication technologies, microsystems technology, materials science, energy and the environment, mechatronics, nanotechnology as well as process and production technology. Eligible for funding are projects that are carried out in close cooperation between one (or more) company and one (or more) partner(s) from the scientific community (joint projects). As a rule, the Research Foundation supports projects in the field of industrial research.
Recipients of funding
Eligible applicants are independent commercial enterprises, members of the liberal professions, universities, non-university research institutes and universities of applied sciences, as well as members and institutions of universities that are authorized to carry out research and development projects. All eligible applicants must have a registered office, a permanent establishment or a branch in Bavaria. Funding will only be granted to recipients who also have their registered office, a permanent establishment or a branch office in Bavaria at the time the funding is disbursed.
Type and amount
Funding is provided in the form of grants as part of project funding. It amounts to up to 50% of the eligible costs in the case of industrial research. Preference will be given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as defined by the EU that are involved in the projects.
The following costs are eligible for funding:
- Personnel costs (researchers, technicians and other personnel, insofar as they are deployed for the project) in the amount of the actual costs, up to the maximum amounts currently applicable at the Bavarian Research Foundation
- Costs for instruments and equipment (special direct costs), if applicable in the amount of the pro rata depreciation of the project
- To a small extent, costs for contract work used exclusively for the research and development project (external services)
- Additional other operating costs (including for materials, consumables and the like) that arise directly from research and development activities
- Additional overhead costs up to 10% of the total of the above costs
Universities as well as members and institutions of universities and their equivalent organizational units are funded on an expenditure basis. Non-university research institutions can be funded on a cost basis.