R&D grants provide financial support for research and development (R&D) initiatives by companies and organizations. They often originate from government agencies, state governments or foundations and aim to promote the development of innovative solutions and technologies.

What is funded?

The grants are aimed at projects that develop innovative products, services or processes. They cover costs such as personnel, materials and equipment and promote cooperation and the exchange of knowledge at the European level.

Who benefits?

From basic research to technology-oriented start-ups: Funding varies depending on the contribution towards knowledge gain and the project’s distance from the market. Young, innovative companies and tech-savvy start-ups can also benefit in particular.

How does the funding work?

Non-repayable grants are the main instrument, whereby the funding can be up to 100%.

Examples of R&D grants

The most important programme at the EU level is the Horizon 2021-2027 programme, which aims to promote research and innovation in Europe. The Horizon Europe programme is the largest research and innovation programme and plays an important role in strengthening the European research landscape. There are also R&D grants as part of Next Generation EU, which are intended to strengthen innovative projects, new technologies and Europe’s competitiveness.

Germany has various funding programmes that provide financial support to companies and organizations. One well-known funding programme is the Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM), which is aimed specifically at small and medium-sized enterprises. It offers grants for innovative research and development projects to strengthen the competitiveness of companies. Other funding programmes focus on specific sectors or fields of technology.

These include Digitalbonus Bayern, ERDF/JTF programme NRW 2021-2027, GRW and ELR/”Spitze auf dem Land”.


1st Stage: Submission of a brief description (sketch)

  • Project idea development – We support you in developing innovative and promising project ideas that meet the requirements of the R&D funding programmes.
  • Creating a compelling outline – Our team will help you to create a concise and convincing brief description of your project that will attract the attention of funding institutions.
  • Correspondence with funding institutions – We take care of communication with the funding institutions on your behalf. This includes clarifying questions that may arise during the assessment and providing additional information if necessary.

2nd Stage: Submission of the full application

  • Selected applicants will be asked to prepare a detailed funding application. This contains a comprehensive description of the research or development project, including a detailed description of the objectives, milestones, methods, schedule, budget and expected results.
  • Our experts will check your application for completeness and correctness of all formal aspects. We make sure that all required documents, signatures and attachments are in order.
  • Evaluation, inquiries and decision: Your application will be reviewed and evaluated by experts. Based on this evaluation, the funding institution decides whether the project is selected for funding.

After approval: Project implementation & reporting

  • Project start: If the decision is positive, we will support you through to the official funding approval and ensure a successful start to the project.
  • Interim reports: Regular reporting can be demanding. We prepare detailed reports on progress and milestones achieved.
  • Communication with funding bodies: We ensure continuous communication with the funding institutions by submitting interim reports in their desired format and schedule to strengthen the relationship of trust.
  • Project completion: Towards the end, we support you in preparing a comprehensive final report that reflects all project results and the use of funds.
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