AiF`s activities are based on several pillars

  • Collective research for the benefit of entire industrial sectors –“Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung“ (IGF) – Industrial Collective Research – plus three IGF-variants:
    • Leading Technologies for SMEs: Projects of greater scale concerning future technologies and increasing the competitiveness of an entire business sector
    • CORNET which promotes transnational cooperative research projects and
    • PLUS which permits projects of greater scale consisting or several individual parts.
  • Governmental R&D programmes to raise the innovativeness of individual enterprises: ZIM cooperation as one module of the ZIM programme (Central Innovation Programme) focuses on R&D cooperation between SMEs and between SMEs and research institutes.
  • International activities to strengthen the capability of SMEs to succeed in increasingly internationalized markets: e.g. membership in organizations such as the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) to help SMEs benefit from European R&D programmes.


Membership of KoWi

EU Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations

Koordinierungsstelle EG der Wissenschaftsorganisationen (KoWi)

Membership of EARTO