Attractiveness of the ZIM program for SMEs remains unbroken in 2020



In 2020, a new ZIM guideline was published with new funding conditions (including higher funding rates of up to 60%, eligible costs of up to €550,000 depending on project type and company size). Current figures from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) already show the first effects of the new guideline and that the ZIM program remains an important basis for funding risky and innovative R&D projects even during the Corona pandemic.

As a result, over €920 million in funding has already been approved as of 2020. Compared with the predecessor directive, which provided an average of around €540 million per year, this is a significant increase. Cooperation projects continue to be the most common project type in the ZIM-Programm, , accounting for over 80% of approved projects. The cross-industry relevance and attractiveness of the ZIM program is illustrated by the fact that more than 20 sectors benefit from this funding instrument.

Due to the current Corona pandemic, many companies are increasingly focusing on R&D activities in order to prepare their company for the future with innovative ideas. Therefore, there is currently a prolonged processing time for applications. Therefore, if you are also planning a ZIM project, please start the application process in time to avoid a delay of the project start. We will be happy to support you in the application process in order to enable a quick completion of the documents and higher chances of success for a successful application. Simply contact us without obligation.

Our Author

Jakob Kreutner


Senior Technical Consultant R&D