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


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

The special purpose assets of the Confederation, formed and managed by the Agricultural Pension Bank, support you financially in 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 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 practical introductions. In the subsequent use of demonstration or pilot projects, the revenue generated from them shall be deducted from the eligible costs.

Projects that are not eligible for funding are:

  • which are to be assigned to the fields of basic or industrial research, or
  • which correspond to 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 supported after the application has been submitted. In the case of investments, the commencement of the project shall 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 Institute for Agriculture and Food (BLE)
  • The BLE evaluates your project professionally and, if it is classified as eligible, invites you to submit a formal application to the Agricultural Pension Bank.
  • With the application request, the BLE will provide 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 funding confirmation from the Agricultural Pension Bank (approval notice).
  • Send your proof of use of the subsidies to the Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank no later than six months after completion of your project.

Projects by small and medium-sized enterprises and research organisations which fulfil at least one of the following characteristics shall be eligible:

  • The project is particularly in line with the Federal Government's goals in the field of sustainable rural development and is suitable for acting as an example.
  • The project is suitable for gaining experience with regard to the expediency of certain environmentally friendly, animal welfare or production processes or certain economic or financial 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 employment 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
  • Recovery plan
  • Corporate
  • Financing plan

Other required documents are:

  • SME Declaration
  • Consent to the transfer of the submitted documents to independent experts

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

  • Submission of the interim report to the Agricultural Pension Bank: 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 necessary: No

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

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