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The Modernity Fund of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

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With the Modernity Fund, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is funding research projects aimed at an innovative application of BMVI-relevant data through the large-scale utilization and networking of these data. The Federal Ministry will provide approximately 150 million euros in funding for this purpose by 2020. It is open to companies, university and non-university research institutions as well as associations, municipalities and individuals.

Who can be supported?

Companies, universities and non-university research institutions, municipalities, associations and individuals, among others, can submit an application for . Federal and state institutions that pursue development and research tasks are also eligible to apply. Individual projects as well as collaborative projects are possible. Support through is particularly interesting for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as SMEs can receive an additional bonus within the framework of the support programme. On the other hand, applicants who are in insolvency proceedings and companies in difficulties under current EU law are not eligible for funding.

Previous projects have dealt, among other things, with the digital collection of environmental data, the early detection of danger spots in road traffic or the development of a portal for the use of open data. 

What are the objectives of
the funding programme?

With the Modernity Fund, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) wants to expand the areas of data-based applications, data governance and data access. Accordingly, the funding programme pursues the following objectives:

  • Conception
    of new solutions and further development of existing applications based on BMVI
  • Determination
    of implications and conditions for data access and data-based applications
  • Utilization
    of existing and future data

Conditions for funding

Within the framework of the funding programme, applicants must be willing to cooperate in event and networking formats and to participate in evaluating procedures. The communication and information work of the funding programme should also be supported, in the context of which the project results will be presented to the public.

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In the case
of a collaborative project, a coordinator must also be appointed to act as the
contact person for the project-executing agency and the granting
authority.  A written cooperation
agreement must also be drawn up in this case.

Procedure of the conveying

The funding procedure consists of two stages. In the first stage, project outlines must be submitted. First, the sketches are technically checked for their content. Those applicants who were positively evaluated in this first step will then be invited to submit a formal grant application. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) decides on a permit.

conditions of support

The amount and other conditions of funding depend on various factors. It is important, for example, whether the project deals with funding line 1, which deals with the preparation of project proposals and preliminary studies, or with funding line 2, which deals with applied research and experimental development. In general, the following funding conditions apply:

  • Projects
    of funding line 1 receive up to 100,000 euros, with a duration of up to one
  • Projects
    under funding line 2 will receive up to 2 million euros and run for up to three
  • In
    the case of commercial enterprises, up to 50% of the eligible costs are
    generally eligible.
  • In
    the case of universities and non-university research institutions, up to 100%
    of the eligible costs are even eligible for funding.
  • For
    research projects at universities, a project lump sum can also be granted,
    which amounts to up to 20% of the grant.
  • Small
    and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that meet the EU SME criteria can also
    receive a bonus.

In general, the funding amounts are comparable to the amounts that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can receive within the Horizont 2020 SME Instrument funding programme. In phase 2 of the Horizon 2020 SME sub-instrument, the funding amounts to between 500,000 euros and 2.5 million euros.

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