The ZIM collaborative networks serve the dual role of funding network management services and the development of projects of a particular network. They comprise at least six small and medium-sized companies. Other partners can also participate (e.g. research institutions, higher education institutes, large companies and other bodies such as associations). There is no restriction to any particular field of technology or sector.
The companies involved in the network receive funding. The grant is issued to the network management institution (i.e. companies are funded indirectly) for the funding network management services. Where development projects are concerned, participating companies and research institutions receive the grant directly. The companies make their own contributions to the respective project costs.
Eligible applicants for network management funding include the external network management institution authorised by the participating companies, or a research institution involved in the network.
The same requirements as for individual or collaborative projects apply to beneficiaries of the development projects generated from the networks.
Contact information can be found on the site of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.