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Central Innovation Program - ZIM

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Zentrales Innovationsprogramm -ZIM
Policy objectives Plus
4.1. Direct funding to business R&D and innovation
Presentation of the measure:
The programme offers funding opportunities for a wide range of technical innovation projects. It supports the innovation and competitiveness in SMEs. Supported are research and development projects that lead to new products, technical services or better production processes.

Research and development projects include single projects (individual business) or projects undertaken as a cooperation project with several companies or projects undertaken with companies with research institutions.
For companies, the eligible project costs are limited to €380,000. The funding rate is between 25 and 55 percent. For research instutitions, the funding rate is of 100 percent and they can receive funding of up to €190,000.

SMEs and medium-sized companies with less than 500 employees and an annual turnover of less than €50m and based in Germany are supported by the programme.

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds
EU Structural Funds
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
It is too early to judge the success of the measure (e.g results of first call for proposals still not known).
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

It is too early to judge the success of the measure.

What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

It is too early to judge the success of the measure.

Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
Organisation(s) responsible