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Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

12/30/2020 – Press release – Promotion of innovation

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Today the “Guideline for the Federal Funding of Research and Technology Projects for the Production of Innovative Personal Protective Equipment” is published in the Federal Gazette and comes into force. As of today, research institutions and companies can submit funding applications for innovation projects in the field of personal protective equipment. The use of protective equipment is an essential part of the federal government’s strategy to permanently combat the corona pandemic in Germany. For example, FFP masks have found widespread use not only in the health sector, but also in the population, administration and economy to reduce the risk of infection. Protective equipment has always been of considerable importance in industry and trade as a measure in the field of occupational safety. Up to 40% of the workforce wear protective equipment. The aim of the new funding guideline is to provide incentives for increased innovation activity along the entire value chain of protective equipment in order to strengthen the international competitiveness of German companies and to help maintain production capacities in Germany Afford. With this funding measure, we want to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular, as well as encourage and strengthen cooperation with other companies in the industry and scientific institutions Services Contribution to the efficiency of the National Health Protection Reserve (NRGS) Standardization, testing and certification procedures A total of 163 million euros is available in funding for the period up to 2025. For commercial companies, funding in the form of a non-repayable grant can amount to 15 to 50% of the total eligible costs, depending on the market proximity of the solutions to be developed. For SMEs as well as universities, research and scientific institutions, the project-related expenses eligible for funding are eligible for a higher percentage in individual cases (up to 80 or up to 100%). More information on this and other programs of the Federal Government to promote the expansion of production capacities for personal Protective equipment in Germany can be found at: www.bmwi.de/Redaktion/DE/Coronavirus/Fragmente/arbeitsstab-produktion.html

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