With a total of 640 million euros, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI – Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur) is funding the development of renewable fuels. The two-stage application procedure is now open.

Outlines can be submitted now via the easy-Online portal through to 2024. The deadlines for reviewing the outlines are 31.03. and 30.09. Accordingly, the first deadline in this year is set for 30 September 2021.

Research institutions, universities, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), industrial stakeholders and municipal enterprises are eligible to apply for funding for the application-oriented (further) development of the necessary technology solutions.

The funding guideline for measures to develop renewable fuels focuses on:

  • Application-oriented projects to achieve the necessary technological market maturity of electricity-based fuels or the market ramp-up of advanced biofuels
  • Integrated projects along the fuel production process: The aim here is to raise optimisation and efficiency potentials and thus achieve a cost reduction in the production of innovative fuels
  • Innovation clusters and innovation support services to support the networking and monitoring of development activities and the certification of novel processes for the production of alternative fuels

The funding guideline is part of a comprehensive overall funding concept for technology-open support of electricity-based fuels and advanced biofuels. In this way, a development platform for power-to-liquid fuels is also to be established as a research infrastructure. In addition, further funding guidelines are being developed to support the market ramp-up of renewable fuels. Approximately 1.5 billion euros are available for the entire funding package as part of the implementation of the Climate Protection Programme 2030 and the National Hydrogen Strategy for the period 2021 to 2024, of which around 640 million euros are to flow into research and development measures.

Submission of outlines via the easy-Online form (in German)

More information (in German) on the Funding Guideline for the Development of Renewable Fuels (PDF, in German)