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Funding Programs

The Ministry of Food, Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection (MLR) and the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector (UM) have launched funding programs concerning various topics and for a variety of target audiences in the realm of bioeconomy.

Ideenwettbewerb 2023
  • Deadline: May 19th, 2023

Ideenwettbewerb Bioökonomie 2023

Sponsor Minister Peter Hauk MdL announces the “Ideenwettbewerb Bioökonomie 2023” (EN: Bioeconomy Idea Competition 2023). The competition is seeking innovations along the agriculture, food, or wood value chains.
The focus is not only limited to products, but also the development of products or processes, as well as services and business models. More specifically, the state wants to recognize bioeconomic innovations that meaningfully contribute to the climate neutrality of Baden-Württemberg.
Winners will receive 10,000 Euro at an award ceremony on the 20th of November, 2023.

Spitze auf dem Land! Technologieführer
  • Applications closed

Spitze auf dem Land! - Technologieführer (ELR)

Objective: “Spitze auf dem Land! Technologieführer (ELR)” (At the Forefront! – Leader in Technology) aligns itself toward innovation-oriented enterprises that have the potential to contribute to the technology leadership of Baden-Württemberg. There is a special focus on future-oriented enterprises that are advancing innovations for a circularly oriented economy or are in the realm of bioeconomy.
Target Audiences: Small and medium-sized enterprises in rural municipalities according to the Regional Development Plan (Landesentwicklungsplan) Baden-Württemberg.

BIPL - Innovation&Invest
  • Deadline: BIPL BW - Innovation September 15th, 2022

Bioökonomie Innovations- und Investitionsprogramm für den Ländlichen Raum (BIPL-BW)

(EN: Bioeconomy Innovation and Investment Program for Rural Development)
Objective: Under two funding lines, the Ministry of Food, Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection will support enterprises while they achieve their sustainable and innovative potential. R&D as well as investment projects are encouraged, particularly the construction of innovative production lines through investment grants. These measures shall achieve effective contributions to Baden-Württemberg’s sustainability and climate protection goals as well as ecological modernization of the economy, especially in the field of rural development.
Target Audiences: Small and medium-sized enterprises, or large enterprises as partners in combination with universities and research institutions, and associations.

Network Push Pins
  • Deadline: October 4th, 2022


Objective: The new funding program ‘Netzwerkinitiativen zur Weiterentwicklung der Leitregion Nachhaltige Bioökonomie Baden-Württemberg’ (EN: Network initiatives for the development of Baden-Württemberg as a leading region of sustainable bioeconomy) supports topic-specific network initiatives that want to contribute to the implementation and continuing development of the circular economy of Baden-Württemberg. It shall support the dissemination and use of knowledge concerning the cultivation and utilization of resources from regional agricultural and forestry industries and enable the transition of the economy.
The funding line “Fachinitiativen” (Subject initiatives) aims at the development of guidelines and concepts, as well as feasibility studies for the implementation of bioeconomical value networks.
The funding line “Clusterinitiativen” (Cluster Initiatives) aims at the development of feasibility studies and concepts concerning the construction of new networks and clusters, with the goal of initiating long-term, structured collaboration.
The funding line “Bildungs- und Informationsinitiativen” (Education and Information Initiatives) aims at the development of guidelines, concepts and learning material for consultation, education or higher education in bioeconomy, or selected topics of the bioeconomy.

Footprints made of leaves
  • DEADLINE: August 1st, 2022

Nachhaltige Bioökonomie als Innovationsmotor für den Ländlichen Raum

(EN: Sustainable Bioeconomy as a Driver of Innovation for Rural Development)
Objective: The Ministry of Food, Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection promotes applied research and development in the following focus areas: the efficient and sustainable production and provision of regional biomass, consumer-oriented product and process innovations along the food value chain, intelligent raw material and material flow management, new materials from wood, lignocellulosic crops and agricultural side streams as well as innovative concepts for the continued development of biogas plants.
Target Audiences: Universities and non-university-based research institutions as partners in combination with commercial industries such as societies, associations, civic cooperatives, non-governmental organizations.

Wettbewerb RegioWIN: Wettbewerb zur zukunftsfähigen Regionalentwicklung

RegioWIN 2030 (EFRE)

Objective: RegioWIN aligns itself with actors from local public authorities, economy, and science in the regions and anyone that feels responsible for or is involved in the development of their area.

The Ministry of Finance, Labor and Tourism, together in cooperation with the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and the Ministry of Food, Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection, have launched the “Regionale Wettwebwerbsfähigkeit durch Innovation und Nachhaltigkeit – RegionWIN 2030” (EN: Regional Competitiveness through Innovation and Sustainability – RegioWIN 2030”) competition. The duration of the competition will be the European Regional Development Fund’s (ERDF/DE: EFRE) funding phase of 2021-2027. The goal is to optimize utilization of regional and local competencies in the framework of bottom-up processes.
“RegionWIN 2030” aims to improve the competitiveness of the region through innovation and sustainability to contribute to futureproof regional development.

Wettbewerb RegioWIN: Wettbewerb zur zukunftsfähigen Regionalentwicklung
  • Projektauswahl abgeschlossen


As a state with a strong industrial sector and a focus on economic activity in the field of systems engineering, Baden-Württemberg requires a secure, sustainable supply of high tech raw materials such as rare earth metals. An innovative and biological technology such as biomining may just be the answer.
Biomining makes even deposits of small volumes of raw materials accessible and allows raw materials to be extracted from industrial waste materials such as metal slag or e-waste. In this way, sustainable biomining contributes to the conservation of resources and the protection of the environment.
The Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector funded technological and market feasibility studies, as well as other short feasibility studies into this important field.


Bioeconomy funding programme - Biorefineries for the recovery of raw materials from waste and wastewater: "Bio-Ab-Cycling"

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, together with the EU Commission, is funding the construction and implementation of five modular biorefineries as part of the ERDF funding programme "Bio-Economy Bio-Ab-Cycling".

In a sustainable bioeconomy, wastewater and waste treatment plants become important suppliers of raw materials. The aim is to obtain raw materials for products from waste and wastewater, which are then returned to the economic cycle and put to economic use.

Ressourceneffiziente Technologien ReTech-BW – Start of the call for entries
  • DEADLINE: MAY 31st 2021

Ressourceneffiziente Technologien (ReTech)

(EN: Resource Efficient Technologies)
Objective: The Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection, and the Energy Sector promotes measures that increase the resource and energy efficiency of production companies, improve the acquisition and supply of raw materials, and conserve natural resources. This process should support especially commendable and innovative solutions that lead to significant increases in efficiency.
Target Audiences: Enterprises of all sizes with a seat in Baden-Württemberg.

Gewinner des Wettbewerbs „Klimaschutz mit System“
  • DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15th 2021

Klimaschutz mit System - Investition und Bewusstseinsbildung (KMS)

(EN: Climate Protection with System Investment and Raising Awareness (KMS))
Objective: Many municipalities, cities, and counties as well as enterprises in Baden-Württemberg are committed to climate protection. The Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection, and the Energy Sector supports municipalities and counties that aim to contribute to climate protection on a systematic basis. That means the program promotes the implementation of municipal climate protection projects based on existing municipal climate protection concepts or based on the European Energy Award (EEA).
Target Audiences: Municipalities, cities, counties, administrative unions, local public enterprises.

More Information

Other funding opportunities for practice-oriented bioeconomical approaches via open-topic funding programs are available through participating ministries.
To the funding programs of the Ministry of Food, Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection (MLR):

Förderungen im ländlichen Raum
Fördermaßnahmen für Waldbesitzer
To the funding programs of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector (UM):

Förderungen im Bereich Ressourceneffizienz und Umwelttechnik

Other national or European bioeconomy funding programs:

Förderdatenbank auf Bioö
Förderdatenbank der BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH
Ausschreibungen und Förderungen der Umwelttechnik BW
Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (English)
Förderprogramm Nachwachsende Rohstoffe der FNR

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