Innovative and sustainable: the small project for SMEs and start-ups
Innovation and sustainability go hand in hand. The FFG Basic Program Small Project offers tailor-made funding opportunities for small research and development projects of start-ups.
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Project type: Small project
Submission: possible on an ongoing basis
Target group: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups can apply for this funding on an ongoing basis and without subject restrictions.
Selection by: Ongoing assessment by FFG
Scope of funding: Up to a maximum of 60% of the eligible costs. For medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), 35% applies and with cooperation up to a maximum of 50%. For small enterprises (SMEs) this is 45% and with cooperation up to a maximum of 60%.
Min. / max. Promotion: See guidelines / maximum € 90,000
Min. / max. Runtime: 1 – 18 months
Availability from: 01.04.2020 – ongoing
What is the small-scale project about?
The small-scale project promotes smaller experimental development projects that include process, product and service developments – including digital solutions. It also offers space for cooperative projects to strengthen collaboration between companies and research institutions.
The main aim of the small-scale project is to give small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups the opportunity to carry out low-volume projects efficiently and quickly. The funding is aimed at broadening the research and innovation base in this crucial sector and supporting start-ups.
Why use the small-scale project?
Combined funding offers such as Project.Start and Market.Start loans enable companies to successfully implement innovative activities and solutions to problems. With a focus on climate and environmental protection as well as digitalization in the healthcare sector, the small-scale project supports a large number of innovation projects.
Call dates and main topics
Submissions for the small project can be made at any time and there are no restrictions on the topic. Companies can participate with projects from all technology fields and industries, including topics such as digitalization, climate, environment, mobility, energy, circular economy, eco-technologies and sustainability.
There are various cooperation opportunities for companies, including research collaborations and corporate collaborations. These enable broader cooperation between companies and research institutions in order to further strengthen innovation.