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, the building industry, medical technology, food science and agricultural science.
Facts and figures
Network of more than 100 industrial research associations from all sectors (industry and service sector) with 50,000 affiliated companies (above all SMEs)
Approx. 180 staff
Total budget: 5.1 million euros; 496 million euros of public funding for research projects on behalf of SMEs (2019)
The AiF promotes R&D for small and medium-sized enterprises in several ways:
- Organisation of joint industrial research for the benefit of entire 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 policymakers
In 2019, the AiF managed an annual research budget of 496 million euros allocated from public funds for research projects by SMEs. It is currently a partner of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi).