Promoting innovation with a clear-cut profile
The Bavarian Research Foundation was founded in 1990 by the Bavarian state government, in order to boost Bavaria as a site for quality high-tech through efficient and flexible promotion of application-based research. The Research Foundation concentrates on forward-looking projects, the realization of which challenges science and commerce conjointly while assuring close and successful collaboration. The Foundation is able to provide approximately 20 million euros annually for this purpose
Fair rules on granting financial support
Two types of projects are funded: individual ventures and combined research; in addition, scholarships are provided for scientist exchange programs. The duration of the funding is limited, and the projects must be jointly carried out by science and industry. The goal is to create economic value from the research results of main focus areas such as life sciences, information and communication, microsystems engineering, materials science, energy and the environment, mechatronics, nanotechnology, and process and production engineering.
Application procedure - High quality of projects
Independent industrial companies, members of the professions, universities, non-university research institutes and universities of applied sciences, and members and establishments of Bavarian institutes of higher education who are authorised to carry out research and development programmes in Bavaria are entitled to submit applications. They must have their headquarters in Bavaria or be represented by branches here. Professional advice is given to all applicants. External experts and a scientific advisory board ensure that the Foundation’s committees select only the very best projects. Additional unexpected results occur in more than half of the projects, and the results of more than 85 percent are subsequently utilized by the industry.
Successful support concept
Up to now, around 680 projects have been funded and more than 400 scholarships have been granted. The obligatory co-financing by the business sector has more than doubled the issued foundation funds of approximately 487 million euros. As a result, industry and science have together funded future-directed research topics with a total contribution of approximately 1.082 million euros towards the advancement of innovation (as of 12/2012).
More information is available from
- Bayerische Forschungsstiftung
Tel. : +49/89 / 2102 86-3
Fax.: +49/89 / 2102 86-55