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The Bavarian Research Foundation was established in 1990. It aims to promote research, especially between science and industry, and to rapidly exploit scientific findings by enterprises. Two types of projects are funded: i) cooperation projects, and ii) research groups; in addition, scholarships are provided for scientist exchange programmes. The funding duration is limited, and the projects must be jointly carried out by science and industry.
Funding focuses on the following fields: life sciences, information and communication technologies, micro sytems, material sciences, energy and environment, mechatronics, nano technology, and process engineering.
Up to 2016, about 820 projects have been funded and about 467 scholarships have been granted. The obligatory co-financing by the business sector has more than doubled the issued foundation funds of approximately 542 million euros. As a result, industry and science have together funded future-directed research topics with a total contribution of approximately 1.204 billion euros towards the advancement of innovation (as of 12/2016). Each project is monitored on the basis of annual reports as well as a survey conducted 1-2 years after completion of the project. A recent overall evaluation of around 200 projects completed over the past years indicates that the program has been successful: e.g. more than 50% of the projects led to patents. In addition, 80% of the respondents stressed that their projects would not have been feasible without the funding provided by the Bavarian Research Foundation.
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