Innovation vouchers NRW

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is helping small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to financially implement innovations despite the prevailing corona pandemic. It doesn't matter which industry you are in, only the size of the company is of interest and the degree of maturity of the project! This is how SMEs can thanks to Mittelstand Innovativ & Digital (MID) vouchers for development by universities or research institutes. The support is clearly designed to complete a product for the profit maximization of your company.

The program relies on implementation-oriented activities on the research side and is currently expanding the program for the important step towards the digitization of all types of companies. Projects are currently being supported until June 1st, 2021, such as the development of an app required for digital marketing. However, the focus here is on back-end developments, such as creating the necessary videos or building a database. The innovation voucher can be used to bring the familiar into the digital age, but also to have a prototype developed.

An overview of the possibilities:

  • Use for research and development as well as testing of prototypes
  • Technology analyzes to sharpen the view for its development
  • Implementation of concrete digitization projects
  • Commissioning of external institutes
  • Further development of innovative projects up to market launch
  • Supervision by external innovators
  • development of algorithms
  • Content creation including implementation
  • Use of new communication interfaces (e.g. chatbots)

Tools & Techniques

All companies based in North Rhine-Westphalia with fewer than 250 employees and annual sales of less than 50 million euros can apply for a voucher. The application must be made online, but the original must be sent to the funding agency for verification.

The scope of the funding depends on the project, the status of the project and the size of the company.

Digitization: up to 15.000,00 €

Analysis: up to 15.000,00 €

Innovation: up to 40.000,00 €

The change, especially in the manufacturing sector, presents companies with new challenges that you don't have to face alone. It is often students or young graduates who introduce innovations into traditional companies. This form of funding offered in NRW helps to approach this information exchange, which does not take place as planned between universities and companies, in a targeted manner. Only those who take the innovations and ideas of tomorrow into account will be able to keep up with change in the long term. A goal can be to use machine learning to enable plants to make autonomous decisions, control and forecast. It is important to take a number of factors into account and, under certain circumstances, to turn the machine park completely upside down.


If you would like to take advantage of such an opportunity, I can only advise you to do so. If you need support, please feel free to contact me. I will find the right funding program for your project!