For the bilateral French-German Call for proposals, the German funding programme ZIM will be combined with the French programme ADI.
“ZIM” stands for Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand, which means “Central Innovation Programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)”. It is a funding programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy that aims to foster the innovative capacity of SMEs. It launches several thousand new projects every year all around Germany, making it the country’s largest innovation programme for SMEs. The ZIM is open to all technologies, topics and industries. Several bilateral agreements with other countries facilitate synchronised funding with foreign national programmes.
With the Aide pour le développement de l'innovation (ADI), Bpifrance intends to support joint French and German research and development projects (R&D projects) in order to develop innovative products, processes or technical services from all technology and application areas. Funding will be available for R&D projects in which new products, services or processes with high market potential are developed and subsequently transformed into marketable products. Bpifrance support the applicants in the phase of submission of project proposals, in the evaluation and in the implementation phase.
The French-German call for R&D cooperation projects will be open until 15 June 2021.