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Our ZIM networks

Working with small and medium-sized companies, we have always paid special attention to the cooperation between industry and research. Since 2019 we have a very special instrument at our disposal for this purpose: an international cooperation network, which we develop and manage within the framework of the Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM).

What is ZIM?

ZIM – the Central Innovation Program for SMEs – is a nationwide support program of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWK). It is the largest German support instrument for small and medium-sized enterprises. The aim of the program is to strengthen the innovative power and competitiveness of the companies and thus support them in their growth. In this way, ZIM aims to help secure existing jobs and create new ones.

Why is it beneficial to participate in a ZIM network?

Through our ZIM network we have the opportunity to support a wide variety of R&D projects. In doing so, we bring together companies and research institutions that are looking for solutions to the same problems – but often do not know where to find the right partners. In 2019, for example, our network manager Marc Köppen succeeded in bringing together 14 companies and research institutions from Germany and France in a bio-packaging network, jointly working on the development of innovative packaging solutions from sustainable raw materials.

In Sept. 2019 Euverion started to establish the ZIM network Biopack&Transport. Currently the participating companies and research institutes from Germany and France are focusing on the topic of intelligent transport packaging. Relevant climate data and geodata are collected, another goal is to reduce the active climate impact. The aim is to enable new forms of transportation.

Who can participate?

Within a ZIM network it is possible to cooperate with one or more companies or research institutions in research and development projects. Companies are eligible for funding. The grants do not have to be repaid. The funding is given for R&D projects that lead to new products, processes or technical services. The program is open to all industries, topics and technologies. The prerequisite is that the projects have a high level of innovation and good market opportunities.

What is being funded?

ZIM offers three types of funding:

  • Individual projects: You can carry out individual research and development projects – with your own staff or with the help of qualified third parties.
  • Cooperation projects: You can carry out research and development projects together with one or more companies or research institutions.
  • Cooperation networks: You can carry out technological innovations in a network with at least six independent medium-sized companies eligible for ZIM funding.

The website of the Central Innovation Program for SMEs provides information on the funding conditions.

What do we do for you?

As a partner in our network the advantage for you is that we take care of all the organizational tasks:

  • We bring you together with like-minded entrepreneurs and researchers.
  • We ensure that the exchange of ideas results in concrete research projects – whether it is the implementation of new business ideas or a long-awaited project realisation.
  • We get your joint projects off the ground and also take care of the funding applications – from preparation to ongoing support and project completion.
  • We regularly organize networking events that give partner companies the opportunity to get to know each other better, identify common topics and initiate concrete projects.


Who are your contact persons?

Dr. Marc Köppen
Dr. Marc Köppen
Michael Anders
Michael Anders