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


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

The federal special-purpose assets created and managed by Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank support you financially in the following projects:

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

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

Projects are not eligible for:

  • which fall within the fields of basic or industrial research, or
  • which comply with the state of the art introduced on the market and in practice as well as organizational, sales or financing standards.

You may only start your measure to be funded after submitting 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 your application.

You must apply for funding in writing.

  • First, prepare a meaningful project outline with the help of the guidelines for sketch submitters and send it with the necessary documents to the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)
  • The BLE assesses your project professionally and, if it is classified as eligible for funding, invites you to submit a formal application to the Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank.
  • With the application request, the BLE provides you with 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 successful examination, you will receive a written confirmation of funding from Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank (approval notice).
  • Send your proof of use of the funds to Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank no later than six months after completion of your project.

Projects by small and medium-sized enterprises and research organisations that meet at least one of the following criteria are eligible:

  • The project is particularly in line with the Federal Government's objectives in the field of sustainable rural development and is suitable as an example.
  • The project is suitable for gaining experience with regard to the appropriateness of certain environmentally friendly, animal welfare or production technology processes or certain business or financing conditions. This includes projects to test new forms of farming, fishing or animal husbandry.  
  • The project is particularly aimed at diversifying sources of income for agricultural families. This includes the creation of livelihood alternatives 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

Further required documents are:

  • SME Declaration
  • 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 preliminary estimates/financing plans must be submitted for each project 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
  • Submission of the proof of use of the funding: no later than six months after completion of your project

Depends on the number 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

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

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