Application-oriented research and development; application for funding

The Bavarian Research Foundation provides grants to support application-oriented, technology-oriented research projects that are carried out in cooperation between science and industry.



  • The project must be associated with a considerable technical and economic risk and be characterized by a high degree of innovation.
  • The main parts of the project must be carried out in Bavaria. The involvement of non-Bavarian partners (usually without funding) is possible.
  • The applicants or project participants from the commercial sector must use an appropriate amount of their own or external funds that are not replaced by other public financial aid or reduced interest rates.
  • Projects that have already begun at the time of application are not eligible for funding.
  • Due to the non-profit purpose of the Bavarian Research Foundation, the project participants are obliged to make the results of the funded projects available to the public in a timely manner.
  • In principle, there is an obligation to grant licenses resulting from the funded project at standard market, non-discriminatory conditions.


Before submitting your application

  • Funding advice at the locations in Munich and Nuremberg
  • Ideally, submission of a non-binding project outline to clarify the basic eligibility of the project for funding
  • Possibility of submitting a draft application for a preliminary structural review


  • In writing to the office of the Bavarian Research Foundation
  • Electronic application form for postal or digital delivery or online application form using an ELSTER company account
  • Applications must contain the following information:
    • General information (including subject, applicant, participants, brief description, start date and duration)
    • Cost and financing plan
    • Detailed technical explanation of the project

Decision-making procedure

  • Review by external, non-Bavarian experts
    (evaluation criteria include relevance and originality, level of innovation, scientific and economic risk, coherence of the work program, appropriateness of the resources required, composition and competence of the consortium, feasibility and usability of the results)
  • Three-stage decision-making process in the committees of the Research Foundation (Scientific Advisory Board, Foundation Board, Foundation Council)
  • Issuance of the approval notice


Applications can be submitted at any time and are not subject to any deadlines. Projects are approved three times a year, in March/April, June/July and November/December.

Processing time

As a rule, a period of no more than six months elapses between submission of the application and approval.

Required documents

  • The following documents are required:

    • Detailed technical explanation of the project in accordance with the outline specified by the Research Foundation.
    • Evidence to secure funding (e.g. letters of intent or participation commitments from the companies)
    • Documents explaining or substantiating cost estimates (e.g. offers obtained)


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  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Förderantrag Bayerische Forschungsstiftung
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