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).
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 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.