German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF)

The German Federation of Industrial Research Associations – AiF in short – is an umbrella organization of 84 industrial research associations with approx. 135,000 businesses, mostly SMEs, as members, 1,200 associated research institutes. The AiF thus connects enterprises, research and government as well as providing a meeting ground for representatives of business and research.

AiF Projekt GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AiF and on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), AiF Projekt GmbH is responsible for managing the cooperative projects within ZIM, the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs.

Partnerships with the Brazilian funding organization EMBRAPII are established within the international network IraSME and by bilateral calls for proposals to promote joint research projects. Further collaborations with Brazilian institutions are intended.


Felix Rotter

Coordinator International Cooperation