EXIST Transfer of Research

EXIST Transfer of Research supports outstanding research oriented projects that involve expensive and high-risk resource development.

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Terms and conditions for EXIST research transfer

EXIST Transfer of Research has two phases of funding:
In the first phase, results of research that have the potential of becoming the basis of a start-up business are developed further. The objective is to carry out further resource development to clarify fundamental problems involved in converting academic findings into technical products and processes. The business concept based on these findings should be made into a business plan and the planned business start-up should be prepared systematically.

In the second phase of funding further resource development, measures to start business operations and meeting the prerequisites for external business financing are at the centre of interest.

What is the objective of Phase I of funding?

The objective of the first phase of funding of EXIST Transfer of Research is to carry out resource development to verify technical feasibility, to develop prototypes, to work out a business plan and finally to start up a business.

Who is supported in Phase I of funding?

Research teams at universities and research institutes (a maximum of three academics and technical assistants) and one person with managerial competence.

How is funding organised in Phase I?

Funds from EXIST Transfer of Research can finance personnel expenses/costs for up to four positions as well as expenses/costs on materials and equipment. Material and equipment expenses/costs may include, for example, commodities, consumables, investment goods, proprietary rights, market research as well as contract awarding and instances of coaching. Student assistants may also be financed. Expenses/costs relating to student assistants and materials/equipment are eligible for funding up to an amount of 250,000 euro.

Projects of research institutes such as the Fraunhofer Society (FhG), Helmholtz Association (HGF), Max Planck Society, Leibniz Association that are funded by both state/government sources may be funded up to 90%. Projects of universities and other research institutes may be funded up to 100%. The period of funding is generally up to 18 months. A period of funding of up to 36 months may be granted in the case of highly innovative as well as development proposals that are verified to be particularly time consuming and have the explicit consent of an expert jury.

In addition, the "Entrepreneur Team" seminar, which has proven itself in the EXIST Business Start-up Grant, will also be carried out for EXIST Transfer of Research projects.

For further information see Application Phase I of funding.

What is the objective of Phase II of funding?

This phase of funding deals with further resource development, measures to start business operations in the newly created technology venture as well as meeting the prerequisites for external business financing.

Who is supported in Phase II of funding?

Applicants are small technology oriented limited companies with an initial contribution of at least 25,000 euro that were raised during Phase I of funding. Essential specialists from Phase I of funding bring their knowledge and work force to the new venture and are represented by at least one person in the management of the new company. Entrepreneurs active in the company must own significantly more than 50% of the company shares.

How does funding work in Phase II of funding?

During phase II of funding, a non-repayable grant of up to 180,000 euro can be granted. This, however, may be at most 75% of the specific cost of the project.

As a prerequisite for receiving funding, the business makes its own means available and if applicable, equity capital in the ratio of 1:3 (up to 60,000 euro). Phase II of funding should generally not exceed a period of 18 months.

For further information please seeWeitere Informationen erhalten Sie unter Applying for Phase II of funding.


Funding applications

Information and documents for the application of funding phases I and II

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The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) funding programme, EXIST Transfer of Research, is co-financed by the European Social Fund. Relevant modifications that have to be considered for this grant can be found in the appendix of the notification of grant award and on the website of the European Social Fund.

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