About FVV

Our Mission

So what would we be without prime movers? In passenger and commercial vehicles as well as in ships, railways, aircraft and power plants, internal combustion engines, hybrids, turbomachines and fuel cells supply the energy a modern society needs. In the future, prime movers will continue to be essential to satisfy our mobility and energy needs. For this reason, it has always been and still is important for researchers to work tirelessly and passionately on even more efficient and cleaner technologies. The Forschungsvereinigung Verbrennungskraftmaschinen (Research Association for Combustion Engines) has been creating the FVV Prime Movers Network for more than 60 years now. In this globally unique network companies, research & technology performers and funding agencies have joined forces and have initiated more than 1,200 Industrial Collective Research (IGF) projects since the FVV was founded in 1956.

Collective Research | Collective Success

The FVV’s success story is closely linked with the Industrial Collective Research (IGF) programme – a funding mechanism that has been launched by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI) in parallel with the foundation of the FVV in order to strengthen the innovation power of SMEs. Collective Research is always conducted on a pre-competitive basis. This makes it possible to research key issues together in order to be able to master the ever growing demands in relation to materials, fuel efficiency and environmental compatibility. As such, the joint research coordinated by the FVV also helps to improve the competitive ability of its member companies.


Collective Research Networking

FVV research projects are financed by annual membership fees and public funds. One important source of funding is the AiF – the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations. In addition, the FVV Prime Movers Network includes many other national and international funding organisations that support the work of the FVV.


Promoting Young Researchers | Hans Dinger Award

Our research projects are stepping stones for academic talents. Young scientists who are often writing their final year project, their bachelor, master’s or PhD thesis as part of an FVV project are involved in almost every research activity of the association. Over the last 60 years, we have not only spent 500 million euros on research in 1,200 projects, but have also facilitated one doctoral thesis and four other scientific papers on average with each project. This corresponds to more than 1,000 doctorates and around 4,000 outstanding and practically trained engineers. Every two years, the FVV honours outstanding achievements with the Hans Dinger Award.

Prime Movers: 200 pages of passion and drive

24 portraits of leading people from industry and research, whose ideas are passionately committed to greater efficiency and fewer exhaust emissions.

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Research Association for Combustion Engines eV

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