Innovative drive technologies for mobile applications; application for funding

The Free State of Bavaria supports cooperation projects in the field of innovative drive technologies for mobile applications, provided that they can be assigned to industrial research or experimental development.



In the future, innovative drive technologies for mobile applications will increasingly contribute to reducing dependence on petroleum, to lowering immission pollution, especially in cities, and to reducing CO2 pollution. There is an outstanding interest of the Free State of Bavaria in the development of alternative climate-friendly drive concepts. This offers great opportunities for securing and expanding the innovation leadership of Bavarian companies and contributes to long-term growth as well as to maintaining and increasing employment in Bavaria. In accordance with the priorities set by the German government and the EU, sustainable mobility is an essential component for a growth- and technology-oriented economy in Bavaria.

The funding is addressed to industry-led pre-competitive collaborative projects that focus on innovative developments in the field of "Innovative drive technologies for mobile applications". The funding is aimed at industry-led collaborative projects for the research and development of new or improved technologies and/or processes for innovative products. The collaborative projects are designed as multi-year projects with several partners, covering as wide as possible parts of a value chain and/or technology chain. As a rule, the projects are scheduled to run for three years, although other durations are also possible.


The funding is intended to support companies in research and development projects in the field of innovative drive technologies for mobile applications and to accelerate the use of these forward-looking technologies in ground, water and air transport.

In addition, feasibility studies in advance of industrial research or experimental development projects can be funded in justified exceptional cases.

Funding covers the following topics and issues in particular:

  • Engine technology, in particular hydrogen and electric engines
  • High-efficiency transmission technology
  • Energy and thermal management
  • Hybrid technology (fuel cell)
  • Tank and storage technologies, in particular battery technology (solid-state battery).

Grant recipients

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).

Eligible costs

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 costs (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 % of the eligible costs of the project or feasibility study in the case of industrial research,
  • up to 25 % of the eligible costs of the project or feasibility study in the case of experimental development.

The aid intensity is determined for each individual beneficiary in the case of collaborative projects; the maximum aid intensity for the collaborative project is 50 %.

If different project activities are attributable to both industrial research and experimental development, the aid rate will be determined on a pro rata basis.


  • The implementation of the project must be associated with a significant technical and economic risk.
  • The project must be characterized by a high degree of innovation, i.e. the technologies, products and services to be developed must go beyond the state of the art in science and technology.
  • The main parts of the project must be carried out in Bavaria.
  • Funding will not be provided for projects that have already been started before the project management organization receives a verifiable application or that are being carried out primarily on behalf of third parties not involved in the collaborative project.
  • At least one of the partners significantly involved in the project must already have specific research and development capacities and relevant technical experience, in the case of companies also in the area of production, at the time of application.
  • Applicants or project participants must demonstrably use an appropriate amount of their own or external funds for the financing of the project, which are not financed by other public aid or interest subsidies.
  • Cumulation with funds of the European Union or with other state aid is only possible under the conditions of Art. 8 General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER).
  • Companies in difficulty pursuant to Art. 1 para. 4 lit. c) in conjunction with Art. 2 No. 18 GBER are not eligible for support. This applies in particular to applicants for whose assets insolvency proceedings have been filed or opened. The same shall apply to applicants and, if the applicant is a legal entity, to its legal representatives who have submitted or are obliged to submit an affidavit pursuant to Section 807 of the German Code of Civil Procedure (ZPO) or Section 284 of the German Fiscal Code (AO).
  • An enterprise which has not complied with a recovery order issued on the basis of a previous Commission decision establishing the unlawfulness and incompatibility of aid with the common market may not be granted aid under these funding principles.
  • The publication of the approval of projects shall be made in accordance with Art. 9 para. 1 lit. c) GBER in connection with Annex III GBER.


  • Outlines and applications for grants are to be sent to the project management organization.
  • Applications must be submitted in writing and electronically. The access data for this can be obtained from the project management organization. Further information is provided on the Internet platform for electronic application (ELAN) of the State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy (see "Online procedure").
  • The project executing agency, in the name of and on behalf of the Free State of Bavaria, reviews the outlines and applications, makes a recommendation for the funding decision, if necessary also with the involvement of expert consultants, and handles the processing of the funding, the processing of payment requests, the review of the interim reports, the proof of use and the utilization reports as well as the handling of correspondence with the applicants. The project executing agency is entitled to obtain explanations from the applicants regarding the applications and the processing of the funding. The project management organization is obligated to maintain confidentiality.
  • The granting authority is the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology. The granting authority issues the notice of award and disburses the funding. The calls for funds and the proof of use must be submitted to the project management organization, which forwards them to the granting authority.
  • Pursuant to Art. 91 BayHO, the Bavarian Supreme Audit Office is entitled to conduct additional audits at the grant recipients.

Special notes

Early contact with the project sponsor is recommended. Funding is provided without legal entitlement within the framework of the available budgetary resources



Required documents

  • detailed project description including exploitation plan

Online procedures

  • Elektronische Antragstellung (ELAN)

    The funding proposal can be entered electronically on the platform and released for review and further processing. The application must then be printed out, signed and sent to the named recipient. Access data is provided by Projektträger Bayern.


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