Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Third-party funded research

Grant research is publicly funded collaborative projects between science and industry that aim to generate new scientific or technical knowledge or improve existing knowledge standards and technologies. Topic-specific and open-topic funding programs support the implementation of research and innovation projects. The results benefit both research and industry and are made available to the general public.

Funding programs

Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM) Link

  • Nationwide funding program open to all technologies and industries
  • Project Management Agency on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI) is AiF Projekt GmbH (F&E Cooperation) and VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (Innovation networks)

KMU-innovativ Link (page in German)

  • Funding initiative to support cutting-edge research in German SMEs in 10 designated technology fields
  • Project Management Agency on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) are Jülich and VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH

Good reasons for research cooperation

There are many good reasons for companies to enter into collaborations with the university, including if your company:

  • does not have the appropriate know-how in a particular field or does not have its own R&D department
  • is researching and developing innovative technologies, processes or materials
  • is interested in additional funding for innovation development
  • would like to position itself as an attractive employer for students or graduates and build strategic partnerships with researchers

Are you interested in a research collaboration? 

Humboldt-Universität supports researchers and companies in finding project partners, initiating collaborations, and managing projects. In doing so, we cooperate transdisciplinarily with external partners in all research areas.

HU researchers can find more information in the intranet: Link (page in German)