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Apply for support for innovation in agriculture, forestry, wine and horticulture, fisheries and aquaculture


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

The federal assets set up and managed by the Agricultural Pension Bank provide financial support for the following projects:

  • Experimental development projects:
  • Projects in the field of experimental development of innovations, for example the conversion of knowledge of industrial or university research into new or improved products, processes or services
  • Market and practice introductions:
    • Conceptual planning and design of new products, processes or services
    • Studies on technical feasibility, for example on the development of commercially usable prototypes and pilot projects.

The procedure for applying for funding is two-stage, both for experimental development projects and for market and practice introductions. The subsequent use of demonstration or pilot projects deducts the revenue generated from it from the eligible costs.

Projects that are not supported are

  • which are to be assigned to the fields of basic or industrial research, or
  • which comply with the state of the art and organisational, commercial or financial standards introduced on the market and in practice.

You may not start your action until you have submitted an application. In the case of investments, the start of the project is the conclusion of supply and service contracts. You may provide planning services prior to the submission of an application.

You must apply for funding in writing.

  • First, use the sketch submitter guide to prepare a meaningful project sketch and send it to the Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food (BLE) with the necessary documentation.
  • The BLE evaluates your project professionally and, if it is deemed eligible, asks you to submit a formal application to the Agricultural Pension Bank.
  • With the application request, the BLE will inform you of the direct link to the electronic application system easy-online.
  • You can 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 examination, you will receive a written grant from the Agricultural Pension Bank (authorisation notice).
  • Send your proof of use of the grants to the Agricultural Pension Bank no later than six months after the completion of your project.

Eligible projects are of small and medium-sized enterprises and research institutions which fulfil at least one of the following characteristics:

  • The project is particularly in line with the Federal Government's objectives in the field of sustainable rural development and is suitable to act as an example.
  • The project is capable of gaining experience with regard to the appropriateness of certain environmentally friendly, animal-friendly or production-related processes or certain economic or financing conditions. This includes projects to test new forms of land management, fishing or animal husbandry.
  • The project is particularly aimed at diversifying the sources of income for agricultural families. This includes the creation of alternative savers for farmers and their family members in rural areas.

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

  • bract
  • objective
  • flow chart
  • schedule
  • Exploitation plan
  • Corporate
  • financing plan

Other required documents include:

  • SME Statement
  • Consent to the disclosure of the submitted documents to independent experts

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

  • Submission of the interim report to the Agricultural Pension Bank: at the latest four months after the end of a calendar year
  • Sending proof of use of the grants: no later than six months after the completion of your project

Depends on the volume of applications


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

Online procedure possible: yes

Written form required: Yes

Personal appearance required: No

Electronic form system "easy-Online" (for applications, offers and sketches)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

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