German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF)
The German Federation of Industrial Research Associations was founded in 1954 . As a registered nonprofit association, the AiF promotes research and development (R&D) in all industrial sectors in favour of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The association acts at Federal as well as European level.
The AiF is organised by industry and is particularly involved in increasing the competitive strength of SMEs by supporting the efficient usage and advancement of R&D programmes. This includes a variety of applied research fields, e.g. process control, building industry, medical technology, food science and agricultural science.
Facts and Figures???aural:Bildanfang??????aural:Bildende???
Network of 100 industrial research associations from all sectors (industry and service sector) with 50,000 affiliated companies (above all SMEs)???aural:Bildanfang??????aural:Bildende???
675 million euros of public funding
for research projects by SMEs (2011)
AiF promotes R&D for small and medium-sized enterprises in several ways:
- Organisation of industrial collective research for the benefit of entire industrial sectors
- Executive management of programmes for governmental R&D-support measures
- Promotion of R&D through open innovation processes
- Networking within and between industrial sectors and politics
As a programme manager of public funds, AiF oversaw in 2011 an annual budget of 675 million euros in public funds for research projects by SMEs. Currently, it is a partner to the Federal Ministries of Economics and Technology (BMWi).
Phone: +49 221 376 80 - 0