Bpifrance-ZIM call: submit your innovation project with a German partner !

France and Germany launched a call for proposals for joint R&D projects. This call is aimed at SMEs, start-ups and ETIs with a strong international growth potential. These projects can also involve universities and research organisations. A unique opportunity to seize by 15th October 2020.

Collaborative projects with high potential for the international market

The consortium should include at least one company from each of the participating countries (SMEs, start-ups, midcaps). The consortium may also include organisations from other countries, including universities and research organisations.

Applicants are expected to develop ready-to-market solutions for products, technology-based services or methods which have strong potential for the French, German, European and/or international market.

The proposal should demonstrate  the added-value of the transnational collaboration : increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure, new fields of application, etc.

Bpifrance, the one-stop-shop in France

Only projects approved by both countries will be funded. The latter will be supported by Bpifrance on the French side and by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on the German side. The remaining costs will be covered by the project partners.

The financing of the French company will therefore meet the criteria of the Aide pour le développement de l’innovation (ADI), a Bpifrance mechanism. :

  • Consortium: two or more industrial partners (one French and one foreign company)
  • No country or partner accounting for more than 70 % of the total project budget
  • Eligible costs: Industrial research and experimental development (industrialization and
    commercialization costs are not eligible)
  • Funding amount: from 50 000 € up to 3 million € (submitted to financial analysis of the company
    and financial conditions)
  • Duration: maximum of 3 years
  • Funding: zero interest rate loan reimbursable in case of technical success, up to 65% of the
    eligible costs for an SME and up to 50% for midcap companies

Submit your innovation project 
with a German partner
by 15th October 2020

To be noted ⚠ French companies interested in international technological partnerships must imperatively contact Bpifrance at international.innoproject@bpifrance.fr to check their eligibility and to receive their application files accordingly.