Funding Opportunities

The Capital Region offers attractive funding opportunities for all phases of corporate development - from start-up to growth financing in a wide variety of funding programs and calls. Financial incentives range from public loans, guarantees and equity capital to direct grants for investment and innovation projects.

Here you will find a small overview of the most common funding programmes:

 

Berlin
All programs for Berlin are listed in the Business Support Guide.

Innovation Assistant

  • Focus on personnel costs.
  • Target on improving the knowledge base of companies
  • with benefits of grants of up to 50% of personnel costs (2 university graduates, within 2 years after graduation), max. 20,000 € for one year.

Transfer BONUS

  • Focus on R&D projects/ cooperation projects.
  • Target on knowledge and technology transfer
  • with benefits of grants of up to 100% for a research contract - max. 3.000 € (first variant) grants of up to 70% for a research contract - max. 15,000 € (standard variant) or 45,000 € (digitalisation variant).

Start-upBONUS

  • Focus on innovative start-ups with a company age of max. 12 months.
  • Target on increasing the number of start-ups
  • with 50% funding of the start-up costs up to a maximum of EUR 50,000, financing of almost all costs of the start-up phase.

Coaching Bonus

  • Focus on coaching projects.
  • Target on Enabling enterprises and founders to master entrepreneurial challenges
  • with benefits of grants up to 80% of the coach´s daily rate (max. daily rate of 1,000 €; max. aggregate sum of 20 coaching days).

Pro FIT - early phase financing

  • Focus on R&D projects/ cooperation projects.
  • Target on knowledge and technology transfer
  • with benefits of total financing (loan and/ or grants) up to 500,000 € (early phase 1 and 2); early phase 1: grants/ loan of up to 50% of expenses; max. 200,000 €.

Pro FIT project financing

  • Focus on R&D projects/ cooperation projects.
  • Target on promotion of research, innovation and technologies
  • with benefits of grants up to 400,000 €, interest reduced loans up to 1 million €.
  • in Brandenburg: Grant per project is limited to max. 3 million € grant (and 3 million € loan)

 

Brandenburg
All programs for Brandenburg are listed in the Economic Support Guide.

Brandenburgischer Innovationsgutschein (BIG)

  • Focus on R&D projects/ cooperation projects.
  • Target on knowledge and technology transfer
  • with benefits of grants of up to 100% for a research contract - max. 5.000 € (little BIG transfer) grants of up to 50% for a research contract - max. 15,000 € (big BIG transfer) or 100,000 € (BIG R&D), max. 50,000 € each for the Consulting and Training module and max. 500,000 € for the Implementation module (digitisation project).

Brandenburger Innovationsfachkräfte

  • Promotion of scholarships for university studies with final thesis (basis innovative KMU task), part-time employment of working students in the KMU, new employment of university graduates and/or advancement training as innovation assistants
  • Project-related grant

Gründung Innovativ

  • Eligible to apply are innovative founders, freelancers and SMEs in the first 3 years after founding or taking over with registered office or place of business in the state of Brandenburg.
  • Subsidy from 25,000 € to max. 100,000 €.

 

Bund
A first impression can be received at the webpage of the funding advisory service (in German).

WIPANO

  • Focus on examination, advice and patent exploitation activities.
  • Target on patenting & exploitation promotion
  • with benefits of grants of up to 50% and up to 16,575 € (applicant must have not applied to a patent in the last 5 years)

ZIM

  • Focus on R&D projects/ cooperation projects.
  • Target on boosting the innovative strength and competitiveness of enterprises
  • with benefits of costs eligible for funding of up to 380,000 €; support rates of between 25% and 55%.

KMU-Innovativ

  • Focus on R&D projects.
  • Target on solving problems in highly relevant and sophisticated way to strengthen the innovative and competitiveness
  • with benefits of 50% of own costs with a project for 3 years. Application period is always the 15th of April and October.

GRW

  • Focus on Investment in fixed assets, labour costs.
  • Target on Investment projects to create and secure permanent jobs
  • with benefits (from the states) of subsidies for investments in fixed or intangible assets or labour cost up to 30%.

 

There are also EU-level funding programmes for innovation and cooperation such as Horizon 2020 and Photonics21.

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