International R&D cooperation

As the project management agency of the BMWK, we oversee the funding of ZIM cooperation projects. These can also be carried out with foreign companies and research institutions. Our coordination office for international cooperation offers extensive advisory and support services for applicants and project partners who are currently receiving funding.

In order to facilitate cooperation with foreign cooperation partners, partnerships with ministries and agencies in various countries are being established and expanded in order to open up national funding programs. The project partners are supported according to the funding guidelines of the respective country - the German companies according to the current ZIM guideline, which provides for up to 10 % higher funding rates for transnational cooperation.

Bilateral and multilateral agreements ensure coordinated procedures for the assessment and approval of R&D projects among the participating countries. We provide comprehensive advice on this. In the interest of an unbureaucratic and quick assessment process, we are in regular contact with the respective partners. This is how we lead R&D cooperation projects to decision-making.

You can find an overview of all participating countries and regions as well as current and planned bilateral tenders for transnational cooperation on


IraSME is a network of ministries and funding agencies to jointly support transnational projects by companies in national / regional funding programs. The coordination is carried out by the AiF Projekt GmbH, supported by the BMWK. Two rounds of calls for proposals take place each year with a closing date for March and September. An overview of all participating countries and regions as well as current and planned bilateral calls for transnational cooperation can be found on


EUREKA supports and assists companies and scientific institutions in the implementation of cross-border and market-oriented research collaborations on innovative topics. We are currently working with Israel in the EUREKA network. Additional partners are always welcome. You can find more information on the network at

Contact Person

international cooperation

Georg Nagel

+49 30 48163-526

Success Stories

The ZIM website presents exemplary results of successful transnational R&D cooperations whose German cooperation partners have been funded in ZIM.