About FVV

Financial Sponsors and Fellows

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. It is the supporting organization of the industrial collective research backed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). As part of the association’s increasing international cooperation we are networking actions with various national institutions of partner countries – in the framework of the European COllective Research NETworking – CORNET or in direct cooperation.

We are a member association of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) and of the Mechanical Engineering Research Federation (FKM) managed by the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association VDMA. Together with fellow industry associations we form a strong network for industrial collective research on modern combustion engines.
Harald Gustmann, FVV Project Administration & Finance

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

Pre-competitive Industrial Collective Research (IGF) takes place in close partnership with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). In order to succeed in the international innovation race, companies - especially SMEs - need institutions whose research and development (R&D) work is specifically geared to their needs and whose results can be transferred and implemented quickly and effectively. Financial support from the Ministry through the IGF funding programme gives companies access to hands-on research at a pre-competitive level. As part of the IGF, the BMWK currently provides around 169 million euros for outstanding research projects and networking between medium-sized companies and research institutions. Over the next few years, the funding volume is set to rise to at least 200 million euros per year.


German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF)

The German Federation of Industrial Research Associations "Otto von Guericke" eV is an independent, self-financed industrial organisation. It aims at initiating applied research and development for small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as at qualifying the new generation of academics as well as specialists in innovative fields and at organising the exchange and distribution of scientifc knowledge. The AiF has an excellent infrastructure for the transfer of knowledge to companies: Several thousand research projects are managed annually with around 100 research associations from a wide variety of industrial sectors and fields of technology. With more than 1,200 integrated research and technology (RTD) performers, the AiF spans a network across Germany that generates knowledge for innovation. Last but not least, it promotes transnational collective Research projects.


COllective Research NETworking

CORNET is a network of ministries and funding agencies that combine their existing funding schemes to increase competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). In this way CORNET supports new funding organisations worldwide to introduce pilot actions and schemes for pre-competitive Collective Research.


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports companies in developing and implementing innovative business ideas. Turning good ideas quickly into innovative products and services is the goal of the Ministry’s New High-tech Strategy - Innovations for Germany. For many urgent questions and challenges of the future, there are already innovative solutions today. In some fields, however, further research and development is needed - be it on sustainable urban development, environmentally friendly energy or the digital society. This is where the New High-tech Strategy comes in: It looks at the entire innovation process - from the creative idea to the implementation of new products and services. The focus is on research topics of particular relevance to society as well as growth and prosperity.


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Research & Technology Performers

The scientific heart of the FVV beats at the research institutions. They carry out the research projects with the support of the project coordinators and user committees. From RWTH Aachen University to ETH Zurich: Our projects are traditionally performed by researchers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and more recently also from other European countries and Japan.


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