Promotion of resource protection and efficiency

In order not to ignore natural resources as essential production factors in industry and thus as the basis of our prosperity from subsidies, there is now DigiRess in Hesse. The funding program "Digital Applications to Increase Resource Efficiency in Circular Production Processes" (DigiRess) is intended to stimulate projects by companies in the field of digitization that contribute to better protection and more efficient use of resources. A careful and at the same time efficient use of natural resources will therefore be a key competence of sustainable societies. DigiRess is announced by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV).

Eligible to apply are:

  • Mainly to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Large companies (joint projects with SMEs)
  • Universities and non-university research institutions (association partners)

What is funded?

  • Digital optimization of production processes
  • Digital optimization of product design
  • Digital business models for resource-efficient and circular value creation.

Projects that cannot be assigned to one of the above priorities still have a chance of being approved. The basic requirement is that the projects correspond to the goals of GigiRess.

Scope of funding:

Eligible companies receive grants of 50 % for personnel costs, costs for instruments, equipment and buildings and land if used for the project, contract research and costs for knowledge and licenses/patents and overheads.

The grants are granted as non-repayable grants.

Link to the call for funding

Why work with a grant advisor?

Most companies do not have the time to deal with the funding programs and their guidelines. Comparing the guidelines with the project ideas is usually not part of the planning. Later in the implementation phase, no project manager will normally be happy to compare every adjustment to the project with the submitted applications and report them accordingly. Conversely, however, every entrepreneur would like to win the non-repayable grants for themselves!

It is therefore the task of a funding advisor:

  • Identify funding programs
  • Assess eligibility
  • to create applications
  • Responsible for administrative management throughout the project
  • Notify the sponsor of any adjustments
  • Ensuring that all formal conditions are met and the grants are paid

legal entitlement to funding

There is almost no legal entitlement to any funding that is applied for. An exception here is the Innovation Promotion Act of the Federal Republic of Germany. There is a legal entitlement to a subsidy of up to €1 million per year. Funding is primarily provided for personnel costs that have been pursued in an activity that can be defined as innovative.


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