German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF)


The German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) was founded in 1954. As a registered non-profit association, the AiF promotes R&D in all industrial sectors on behalf of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The association is active at the national and European level.

The AiF is organised by industry and is particularly involved in increasing the competitive strength of SMEs by supporting the efficient application and advancement of R&D programmes. This includes a variety of fields of applied research, such as process control, building industry, medical technology, food science and agricultural science.

Facts and Figures

Network of 100 industrial research associations from all sectors (industry and service sector) with 50,000 affiliated companies (above all SMEs)

  • 175 staff (2015)

  • Total budget: 4.1 million euros (2015)

  • 525 million euros of public funding for research projects by SMEs (2015)

Organisational Details

The AiF promotes R&D for small and medium-sized enterprises in several ways:

  • Organisation of joint industrial research for the benefit of entire industrial sectors
  • Administration of programmes for governmental R&D support measures
  • Promotion of R&D through open innovation processes
  • Networking within and between industrial sectors and politics

Research Budget

Image Research Budget

In 2015, the AiF managed an annual budget of 525 million euros (2015) allocated from public funds for research projects by SMEs. It is currently a partner to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).



German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF)



Bayenthalgürtel 23

50968 Cologne



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+49 221 37680-0