Programm für Internationalisierung - Förderung der Netzwerkbildung
Grants for cross-border co-operation
This programme is aimed at business-orientated institutions that want to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in expanding and overcoming internationalisation barriers. We support projects that strengthen networking with attractive grants in order to improve long-term cross-border co-operation.
'Förderung der Netzwerkbildung' at a glance
Grants for supra-regional and cross-border networking projects
Up to 80% of the costs eligible for support
Strengthening the competitiveness of companies in Berlin
'Förderung der Netzwerkbildung' in detail
Who is eligible for support?
Applications may be submitted by business-related institutions with their own legal personality and internationally orientated networks with economic objectives and a registered office or place of business in the Federal State of Berlin.
What is supported?
- Networking projects in the region and beyond which specifically help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Berlin to expand and overcome internationalisation barriers and which support the establishment and development of sustainable international co-operation projects.
- Berlin-based companies are supported in networking with each other and with academia. The structural competitive disadvantages facing companies in Berlin are to be compensated for by initiating supra-regional and cross-border co-operation processes and by integrating regional value chains into international production processes.
- In line with the guiding principle of business development in Berlin, priority will be given to measures that are part of the clusters defined within the framework of the joint Berlin-Brandenburg innovation strategy. The clusters are of particular importance for structural change in Berlin. The projects should enable the establishment of strategic partnerships in order to close gaps in regional value chains and exploit potential in the sense of cross-innovation. On the whole, the position of the Federal State of Berlin as a location for business and innovation as well as that of its companies is to be improved. The network projects must therefore especially serve the economic interests of the Federal State of Berlin.
What kind of support is available?
- Non-repayable, earmarked grant by way of partial financing.
- Grants total up to 80% of the expenditure eligible for support. The funding amount is determined for each individual case.
Terms and conditions
- The project should have a term of between 1 and 3 years.
- No support is available if other public grants have been received for the same funding purpose (prohibition on cumulation).
How to apply
The application is submitted within the framework of a two-stage procedure (1. request for funding and 2. application for funding).
- First of all, you must submit a request for funding.
- In the event of a positive preliminary examination by IBB, your request for funding will be forwarded to the senate administration responsible for economic affairs which will determine if your project serves the interest of the Federal State.
- After confirmation of the federal state’s general interest in the project idea, you can submit the application for funding.
- Please submit your application to Investitionsbank Berlin no later than six weeks before the scheduled commencement of the measure.
- In order to apply, submit the completed application form along with the supporting documents. You can apply online using the application process provided on IBB’s customer portal. Alternatively, you can download your completed application form and send this by post or submit it in person.
Please contact us at the earliest possible date. Our Customer Centre will be pleased to answer detailed questions regarding the programme and assist you with your application.
Please note: Applications are accepted in German only.
Competitiveness of Berlin’s economy
The Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research is strengthening the international competitiveness of Berlin's economy and supports SMEs in opening up new markets abroad.