5 steps towards the funding of innovative mobility projects
1. Draw up a project outline (definition of the project, partners, if applicable, financial planning)
Provide a brief outline of your research project on a maximum of fifteen pages. Please use the suggested structure for mFUND outlines and submit it via the Federal Government’s electronic application and tendering system (easy-Online). Use your project outline to clearly show the innovative ideas of your project and the resulting added value for society or the entrepreneurial exploitability of the results. Finally, integrate your funding schedule into the project outline.
Consider whether a partner could enrich your project regarding substance or methodology. We would be only too happy to support you in searching for project partners. Your project outline should be self-explanatory to ensure that it can be evaluated without further research.
2. Submit the project outline - easily and quickly
- Register using the Federal Government’s electronic application and tendering system (easy-Online) at https://foerderportal.bund.de/easyonline (available in German only)
- Follow the steps described to submit your project outline.
- You will be sent an electronic confirmation after the Ministry has received all your data and documents.
- If there is a positive appraisal of the project from a professional perspective, you will be requested by email to submit a formal funding application.
3. Submit a funding application (detailed financial planning, self-declarations)
If you passed the first professional review, you will be requested to provide more detailed information regarding the planned project. This includes a final funding schedule that will be mandatory if your project is approved. It must not differ by more than 10 percent from the rough plans submitted with the project outline.
For the final review of the project, you have to submit some self-declarations, proving for example that the project has not started yet or that, for collaborative partnerships, an agreement between the partners has been signed.
4. Prepare your documents for a credit risk assessment (does not normally apply to institutions of higher education, local/regional authorities and other public authorities)
For the initial funding, a comprehensive credit risk assessment is usually necessary to determine the private and financial reliability of the funding beneficiary. Please prepare the following documents for this review, if available:
- Annual account
- Annual report
- Extract from the commercial register
- Information from your bank
- Certificate of compliance by the tax office for granting public contracts or certificate of the occupational accident insurance fund
A note for start-up entrepreneurs: if your business idea is still at the start-up stage, this is explicitly welcomed by the mFUND. Please contact Division DG 21 so that we can assist you with any funding-related questions you may have.
5. Submit your funding application
As with the project outline, you can easily and quickly submit the formal funding application including all necessary data and documents via the Federal Government’s electronic application and tendering system (easy-Online) at https://foerderportal.bund.de/easyonline.
We will inform you about the selection result as soon as possible.
We wish you every success.
If you have any administrative questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Federal Agency for Administrative Services (free of charge):
Helpline: 04941 602-775, Monday to Friday from 09:00-12:00 hrs
Fax: 04941 602-81796
Email address: mFund-FL1@bav.bund.de
If you have any technical questions, please send an email to: mFUND@bmdv.bund.de