Financial funding

The IVLV supports projects of pre-competitive industrial community research on foods, related products and related packaging technology. Research topics are defined directly from the member companies according to the bottom-up principle. Proposals can be submitted in workshops and meetings of the IVLV working groups as well as in the theme exchange. Promising topics are developed to proposals, in cooperation with research centers, for which direct or public funding can be applied for.

Directly funded by IVLV

Projects on urgent issues and those which concern multiple members can be funded directly by the IVLV according to the available resources. Proposals are defined in the workshops and meetings of the IVLV Working Groups. It is also possible to extend preliminary research in order to increase compound projects. A short description (about 5 DinA4 pages) with the following content is required for the application for funding:

  • Situation/Problem
  • Aim of research
  • Approach of solution
  • Economic significance
  • Plan for financing

In addition, an industry committee consisting of sufficient companies, who will actively support the project, is to be appointed with contact persons and a potential committee spokesperson. All participating companies are expected to have an IVLV membership or a willingness to contribute an IVLV grant amounting to two years’ membership. The transfer of contributions from individual companies by an industrial association is possible.

Brief descriptions of the projects must be made available to the IVLV office by October 31 of the current year at the latest. The IVLV board decides on the allocation of direct IVLV funding, taking into account the membership vote in December. In the case of particularly urgent questions and depending on the funds available, funding decisions are also possible on other dates.

Publicly funded by BMWi

The IVLV, as a member association of the AiF, is entitled to apply for public funding in the IGF (Industrial Community Research) program of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. The BMWi is promoting projects which are application-oriented and pre-competitive and will furthermore improve the competitive situation of small and medium-sized enterprises on a sustained basis.

For the application for IGF funding, a research proposal must be drawn up according to the funding guidelines of the AiF (German). Guideline, guide and advisory questionnaire should be studied before the application process. The application for funding should be formulated in a comprehensible manner without special thematic expertise and answer the following questions:

  • Where is the problem that needs solution for the industry?
  • What is the scientific and technical approach for the solution? (Hypothesis)
  • What is the approach of achieving the R&D target?
  • How can the expected results be implemented for KMU and how are the results transferred?

With the commencement of a project, an accompanying committee (pgA) from industry representatives has to be compiled. It must include sufficient (at least 7) companies, of which at least 5 or half kmU. A representative from the industry will be appointed as the future industrial spokesman for the project accompanying committee. All representatives of industry in the pgA have the possibility to control the project, to advise and support the research institutes, as well as to benefit directly from the transfer of the results to the industry. The IVLV membership or the willingness to perform an IVLV grant contribution of two years’ membership is expected from all companies participating in the new project. The transfer of contributions from individual companies by an industrial association is possible.

Applications for funding from the BMWI in the IGF program can be submitted to the IVLV office throughout the year. These are formally checked by the office and initially assessed internally by IVLV according to the following criteria:

  • Industry relevance, especially for SMEs This must be proven by large pre-competitive industrial interests supported by a sufficient number of IVLV member companies or, in exceptional cases, sponsoring companies. It is important for the active cooperation of the companies, the early transfer of results as well as securing the IGF-related expenses of the IVLV by the economy.
  • Scientific quality
    This is initially assessed internally by members of the IVLV Advisory Board according to the IGF assessment criteria and in a circular procedure. If necessary, there is then the possibility of revision.

High-quality applications are submitted to the AiF, where they are assessed in the thematically structured expert groups. In order to avoid delays due to the AiF assessment process, IGF applications should be submitted in full to the IVLV office not later than 4 months before the meeting dates of the expert group.