The AiF: Innovative strength for SMEs
There are around 1,500 hidden champions in Germany. What makes these medium-sized companies secret world market leaders? Current studies show that they have a significantly higher innovation orientation than their competitors. This is precisely where the AiF comes in: The task and goal of the AiF is to sustainably promote the innovative capacity of SMEs.
The AiF network: Success factor for cooperation
The key to successful innovation activities in SMEs is cooperation: Competences and know-how complement each other, the risk is spread over many shoulders. The AiF has a unique infrastructure at its disposal to support such collaborations in the long term.
The precompetitive IGF builds a bridge between basic research and economic application and offers SMEs access to the latest scientific findings. The funding of sector-wide joint industrial research (IGF) projects aims to compensate for the structural disadvantages of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the field of research.