The Central Innovation Programme SME (ZIM) is an initiative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and supports innovation activities by SMEs, including industry-science collaborations and technology transfer. ZIM is not limited to a particular industry or technology field. Criteria for financial support through ZIM are the innovation content and commercialisation potential of a project. SMEs can conduct project R&I in-house or collaborate with a university or research institute. ZIM also supports the creation of innovation networks across firm boundaries. The redefined ZIM guidelines have been published on 15 April 2015 and applications can be submitted continuously until 31 December 2019.
ZIM - Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand
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