Germany and Finland are pleased to announce a call for proposals for joint R&D projects focusing on developing innovative products, processes, or technology-based services in all technological and application areas which have strong market potential.

The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) will managed by Business Finland in Finland and by BMWi’s ZIM programme (Central Innovation Programme for SMEs) in Germany. Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki and fully owned by the Finnish Government. Business Finland and BMWi (Coordinator: AiF Projekt GmbH) will provide all necessary assistance to project partners during project proposal, evaluation and monitoring phase.

Submission deadline for grant proposals: 28 February 2021
For more information and access to the joint Proposal Application Form,
please visit International calls/Finland.


It is highly recommended that each interested partner (companies and research institutes) contact their local funding agency before starting to fill in a project application (in Germany: AiF Projekt GmbH, project management agency for BMWi).

To encourage partnerships between German and foreign companies, BMWi and several ministries and funding organizations from various countries have launched a number of bi- and multilateral funding agreements to support joint R&D projects. All project partners must submit a separate application to the relevant national funding scheme. German applicants, who are eligible for funding under ZIM, benefit from a 10% increase in funding when applying for a transnational cooperation project.