The EXIST Transfer of Research programme is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF).


EXIST Transfer of Research supports outstanding research-based start-up projects that involve complex and risky development work.

The funding programme consists of two funding phases

In the first funding phase, research results that have the potential to form the basis for setting up a company are to be further developed. The aim is to carry out the development work to clarify fundamental questions of translating scientific results into technical products and processes, to develop the business idea based on this idea into a business plan and to prepare the planned company foundation in a targeted manner.

In funding phase I, personnel costs can be financed for a maximum of four staff positions as well as material costs (consumer goods, consumables, capital goods, industrial property rights, market research and the awarding of contracts and coaching measures). Student assistants can also be financed. The costs for student assistants and material costs are generally eligible up to a total of € 250,000. The funding period is generally up to 18 months.
In the second funding phase, the focus is on further development work, measures to start business activities and the creation of the conditions for external corporate financing.