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Apply for innovation funding for projects in agriculture and forestry, viticulture and horticulture, fisheries and aquaculture.


To finance innovative projects in agriculture and forestry, viticulture and horticulture as well as fisheries and aquaculture, you can apply for innovation support as a small or medium-sized enterprise as well as a research institution.

The federal special-purpose fund formed and administered by Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank provides you with financial support for the following projects:

  • Experimental development projects:
  • Projects in the field of experimental development of innovations, for example, the implementation of findings from industrial or university research into new or improved products, processes or services
  • Market and practical launches:
    • conceptual planning and design of new products, processes or services
    • Technical feasibility studies, for example, to develop commercially viable prototypes and pilot projects.

The procedure for applying for funding is two-stage, both for experimental development projects and for market and practical launches. In the case of subsequent use of demonstration or pilot projects, the revenue generated from these projects is deducted from the eligible costs.

Projects are not eligible for funding,

  • which are to be assigned to the areas of basic or industrial research or
  • which correspond to the state of the art in the market and in practice, as well as to organizational, marketing or financing standards.

You may not start your measure to be funded until you have submitted your application. In the case of investments, the start of the project is deemed to be the conclusion of supply and service contracts. You may provide planning services before submitting an application.

Eligible projects are those of small and medium-sized enterprises and research institutions that meet at least one of the following characteristics:

  • The project is particularly in line with the objectives of the Federal Government in the field of sustainable rural development and is suitable to serve as an example.
  • The project is suitable for gaining experience with regard to the expediency of certain environmentally friendly, animal welfare-friendly or production-technical procedures or certain business management or financing conditions. This also includes projects to test new forms of land management, fisheries or animal husbandry.
  • The project serves in particular to diversify the sources of income for agricultural families. This includes the creation of alternative sources of income for farmers and their family members in rural areas.

Complete and meaningful project outline of the innovative project, consisting of:

  • Cover sheet
  • Objective
  • Work plan
  • Schedule
  • Exploitation plan
  • Company data
  • Financing plan

Further required documents are:

  • SME declaration
  • Consent to the forwarding of the submitted documents to independent experts

Note: If your project is planned as a joint project with several project partners, separate preliminary calculations/financing plans must be submitted for each partner in addition to the joint project outline.

  • Submission of the interim report to Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank: no later than four months after the end of a calendar year.
  • Submitting the proof of use of the grant funds: no later than six months after completion of your project

Dependent on the volume of applications


  • Application for a grant on an expenditure basis and.
  • Application for grant on cost basis (access via easy-online)

Online procedure possible: Yes

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: No

You must apply for funding in writing.

  • First, prepare a meaningful project outline with the help of the guide for outline submitters and send it with the required documents to the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE).
  • The BLE will evaluate your project professionally and, if it is deemed worthy of funding, will invite you to submit a formal application to Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank.
  • With the application request, the BLE will provide you with the direct link to the electronic application system easy-online.
  • You now submit a formal application via easy-online.
  • The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) decides on the final eligibility of your project. After a successful review, Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank will send you a written confirmation of funding (notice of approval).
  • Send your proof of use of the grant funds to Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank no later than six months after completion of your project.

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

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