ZIM - central innovation programme SME

Contact person 
Henning Rode
Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
R&D cooperation (joint projects, PPP with research institutes)
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
ZIM - central innovation programme SME
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
SMEs only
What is the aim/objective? 
Support the innovativeness and competitiveness of SMEs.
Give an overview of the instrument 
ZIM comprises the following measures: - ZIM-SOLO: support of individual projects (firms). - ZIM-KOOP: consists of two sub-measures: support of cooperative projects (ZIM-Kooperationsprojekte) and support of cooperative networks (ZIM-Kooperationsnetzwerke; predecessor programme: ZIM-NEMO
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
Innovation support services and consulting services are eligible, such as: - Technical support (e.g. product sheets, standardisation issues), Technology transfer services (e.g. trade fair costs), Protective right consulting (e.g. patent application), Management consulting (e.g. marketing, business strategy), Education (e.g. training) Since the start of the programme in 2008, 27,750 applications have been submitted. 19,265 projects with a funding volume of €2.5b have been approved. 14,500 projects have been conducted by SMEs and 4,765 projects by research institutions in collaboration with firms.
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
Up to 10% for research operations, between 55 % and 75 %, co-financed by private sector maximum funding € 2m
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice?