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How did SMEs cope with the Corona crisis? How does the AiF support SMEs in making contributions to solving the major challenges of our time? What ideas does politics have to strengthen SMEs with an affinity for research? The AiF annual magazine ZOOM 2020/2021 answers these and other questions in a spotlight-like manner.
The pre-competitive Industrial Collective Research (Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung - IGF) organised by the AiF (Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen - German Federation of Industrial Research Associations) and the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) both support the research and innovation activities of SMEs, they stimulate cooperation between the partners in the innovation system and promote transfer so that scientifically obtained research results can quickly be transferred into innovative products and processes. The high number of applications in both programmes over the years proves both the accuracy of fit and the effectiveness of these funding instruments for SMEs.
Politics at your fingertips
The AiF is intensively involved in the dialogue between politics, companies with an affinity for research and science. For example, at IGF matchings members of the German Bundestag (MdB) can talk directly with SME entrepreneurs and representatives of AiF research associations in their region about the successful implementation of IGF projects.
The Mechanical Engineering Research Federation (Forschungskuratorium Maschinenbau – FKM) and the industrial research association FVV actively support this discussion format [→p. 9].
In summer 2021, Judith Binzer (FKM | DFAM) and the AiF Management welcomed the FDP Federal Chairman and current Finance Minister Christian Lindner and other members of the former FDP parliamentary group to the Rittal Innovation Center in Haiger.
Dietmar Goericke (Managing Director FKM/FVV) accompanied the Hydrogen Innovation Officer Dr Stefan Kaufmann (CDU) to the FKFS Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart.
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