NIP funding programme

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology will play an essential role in the future of mobility and energy supply. In order to guarantee the further development of these technologies, in 2006 government, industry and science began a strategic alliance called the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).

NIP is intended to speed up the process of market preparation of products based on this future-oriented technology. The total budget of NIP invested over a period of ten years until 2016 amounts to € 1.4 billion. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) provide half of this sum, while the balance is funded by participating industry.

Besides large-scale demonstration projects, NIP also focuses on research and development projects. The demonstration projects are grouped into comprehensive lighthouse projects and take place under real conditions. Project partners thus work together and more efficiently on issues and challenges, which they otherwise would have to face alone, and with considerable individual effort.

NIP is divided into four programme areas in order to advance in equal measure, numerous hydrogen and fuel cell technology product and application options, and to be able to address in a targeted way the market-specific challenges of market preparation. The particular programme areas are: “Transport and Hydrogen Infrastructure”, “Hydrogen Provision”, “Stationary Energy Supply”, and “Special Markets”. With an eye to series production of components, the explicit focus in all programme areas is on the strengthening of the supply industry.

Further Information about the Funding Programme (German only):
Nationales Innovationsprogramm Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie (PDF, 0.7 MB)
Nationaler Entwicklungsplan 3.0 zum NIP (PDF, 1.4 MB)


The activities within NIP secure jobs in Germany as a location for innovation and contribute to creating efficient and low-emission energy supply and consumption.

The goals are:

  • Accelerating market development through targeted support and promotion of hydrogen and fuel cell sectors in mobile, stationary and portable areas
  • Strengthening value chains and added value in Germany
  • Securing technological leadership and implementing the technology in Germany

As many industrial companies, medium-sized businesses, users and research institutions are to be included in the entire development process as possible, in order to be able to offer competitive cutting-edge technology to the worldwide market with a high proportion of value added from Germany.


For detailed information on funding conditions, please download the funding eligibility guidelines here (only available in German). In particular, this contains information on:

  • Aim of funding and legal basis
  • Object of funding
  • Funding recipients
  • Funding requirements
  • Type, scope and amount of funding
  • Other grant conditions