Companies seeking funding must meet the following requirements:
The technological and business potential to successfully carry out a project and implement the results must be available (qualified technical personnel, new hires with necessary technological know-how or contractually regulated temporary personnel admissions during the R&D phase).
Depending on the funding program, the company must have completed its start-up phase. For example, ZIM is aimed at companies that are already established in the market.
If an own contribution is required, this must be financed independently.
Companies in financial difficulties (insolvency or impending insolvency) are excluded from funding. The project-executing agency carries out a credit check in principle.
An orderly accounting system must be maintained. The project sponsorship may carry out spot checks.
The applicant must be able to ensure the continued smooth operation of the company despite the R&D project (this also applies to the management). For start-ups, depending on the funding program, separate rules may apply (establishment of a business model).