There are many funding programs that support the development and implementation of XR ideas. We are happy to help you find the right program and look forward to answering questions to

Bavarian Funding Programmes

The goal of Bavarian politics is to offer innovative minds working in Bavaria – in research and industry as well as in the cultural and creative industries – the best possible framework conditions in accordance with their respective goals. This also includes a broad range of support services and assistance in applying for funding. Here is an overview of funding opportunities that may be of interest to the XR sector:

Specific Corona Support Programmes

The Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy (StMWi) has compiled important information and links for affected companies in the following. 

There is a rapid emergency aid programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The application form for this is here.

The StMWi has also set up its own hotline for questions about the corona virus: 089 2162-2101 (Mon-Thu: 07:30 – 17:00, Fri: 07:30 – 16:00) 


Other funding programmes:

Promotion of solo self-employed artists without their own permanent establishment: "Künstlerhilfsprogramm Plus" (Artists' Aid Programme Plus)

The Artists' Aid Programme of the Ministry of Art is to be increased by 50 million euros and thus expanded into an "Artists' Aid Programme Plus". A total of 140 million euros have now been earmarked for the programme. The Artists' Aid Programme Plus is now to provide immediate financial assistance to self-employed artists without their own business premises and to those who earn most of their living from gainful artistic activity and who have run into financial difficulties as a result of the Corona pandemic and the resulting loss of income. Membership of the artists' social security fund is therefore no longer a must. The addressees of the programme must have their main residence in Bavaria. The extended programme thus also covers those artists who for various reasons cannot become members of the KSK, such as selectively employed actors and actresses. Support is planned for up to three consecutive months between May and September 2020. Depending on the loss of earnings, the assistance will amount to up to 1,000 euros per month. The online application for the extended programme will be available next week on the website of the Ministry of Arts. "With the extension of the Artists-in-Residence Programme to the Artists-in-Residence Programme Plus, we are sending a signal of appreciation for our artists. We have taken feedback seriously, taken action and can now offer support to even more artists," says Sibler.


FAQs and further links on cultural life during the Corona pandemic and on aid programmes:

Content is King – Funding of Creative XR Content

Info – Event on Tuesday, 15.09.2020 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom: Julius Windhorst, Funding Officer at FilmFernsehFonds Bayern is available to answer questions on the second funding round of the "Extended Realities" program. Registration & further information on the event

Producers in Bavaria can apply for funding from the FFF Bayern for the following contents: 

  • 360 degree films and narrative VR Experiences 
    1. 5 dates per year 
    2. project development funding as a conditionally repayable, interest-free loan of up to 70% of the project development costs, up to a maximum of 25. 000 Euro 
    3. production funding as a conditionally repayable, interest-free loan of up to 60% of the eligible production costs, up to a maximum of 75. 000 Euro.000/span>>
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    5. Contact person is Saskia Wagner
      089 – 544 602 – 19


  • XR Games
    1. 3 events per year 
    2. >concept development support as a grant up to 20. 000 euros as a conditionally repayable, interest-bearing loan of up to 80% of the eligible production costs, up to a maximum of 80 percent of the eligible production costs. 000 euros;
    3. production funding as a conditionally repayable, interest-bearing loan of up to 50% of the eligible production costs, up to a maximum of 500 euros. 000 €
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      Contacts are
      Joannis Xenakis, for concept development and prototype development (AR/MR/VR)

      joannis.xenakis@fff-bayern. de
      089 – 544 602 – 48 
      Dr. Michaela Haberlander

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      089 – 544 602 – 15


XR Start-Ups

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Anyone who would like to start up in the media sector can apply on two dates a year at the Media Lab Bavern @ Medien.Bayern GmbH for the “Rundum- Sorglos“ Paket zur GrÃŒndung”. This includes a prototyping budget of 40.000 Euro, plus another 10.000 Euro for consulting and media services, a place in the coworking space, contacts, coaching and lots of fun. You can get an application reminder here:


2) Start?grant – Bavarian program

Technology-oriented company start-ups (max. 2 years old) in the field of digitization with a particularly future-oriented, innovative business model can be eligible for a grant for a maximum of 50% of the rent and personnel, the costs for the market launch of the product and for research and development for a period of one year up to an amount of 36. 000 application. Please note: whoever would like to apply for the EXIST-FöEXIST-Fö{a>nbsp;}program, please note that the EXIST application must be submitted before the start of the grant! Otherwise there is a risk that your EXIST application will be rejected. Application documents, deadlines and requirements:”> >/a> >/p>

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3) BayStartUP – Consulting and Networks

Start Ups receive help from BayStartUP to develop entrepreneurial skills and learn how to manage successfully in the market. BayStartUP also offers a comprehensive overview of Bavaria’s start-up scene and networking with exciting business and investor contacts.

SME Funding

<XR applications in SMEs with the digital bonus

Small and medium-sized commercial enterprises that have a business location in the Free State of Bavaria can receive a subsidy of up to 10. 000; or up to 50,000; for the following measures in their operating assets: development, introduction or improvement of products, services and processes, through ICT hardware, ICT software, as well as migration and porting of IT systems and IT applications and the introduction or improvement of IT security.

  • Application at 10 a.m. on the first working day of the month, whereby a Saturday does not count as a working day.
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  • The digital bonus Standard is a subsidy of up to 10. 000 euros with an R&D reimbursement of up to 50 percent of the R&D expenses for small companies and up to 30 percent for medium-sized companies. <The Digital Bonus Plus is a subsidy of up to 50,000 euros for measures with a special innovation content with a funding rate of up to 50 percent of the eligible expenses for small companies and up to 30 percent of the eligible expenses for medium-sized companies: https://www.digitalbonus. bavaria/application/


Strengthening the innovative strength of SMEs through cooperation with research institutions and other companies/innovation partners with the innovation voucher


  • SMEs and handicraft enterprises in trade and industry or the liberal professions and founders of a new business with business premises or a branch office in Bavaria can apply for grants of up to 30 % from the Project Management Agency Bavaria (PTB), Am Tullnaupark 8, 90402 Nuremberg . 000; for innovations >/strong> apply for the innovation voucher Standard requires the existence of a technical innovation as well as the technical competence of the R&D service provider. It supports the planning, development and implementation of new products, production processes or services or the substantial improvement of existing products, production processes and services in the field of technical or technological innovations. <The Innovation Voucher Special also requires a positive vote by an independent expert, the expected creation of new jobs in Bavaria within the framework of economic exploitation and the commissioning of a university or research institute. or comparable research institution (e.g. university, university of applied research, federal and state funded non-university research institution). It provides the possibility to carry out projects with an increased financial requirement, which require highly specialized support (university, research institution). In principle, 40% of the funding is reimbursed. The eligible expenses must amount to at least 4,000 euros and may amount to a maximum of 30,000 euros or less. Further information:
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    Contact person : Phone 0800-0268724*
    reachable from Mo. – Thu. from 9:00 – 17:00 and Fr. 9:00 – 15:00.

Research & Development: Innovation through Cooperation

<Co-operations for application-oriented research and development can be applied for by several companies or companies with research institutions in the funding programme "Information and Communication Technology". VDI/VDE IT GmbH can also apply for generous sums for joint application-oriented research and development.

Prerequisites and contact: www.iuk-bavaria. de


Förderwegweiser des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Wirtschaft, Energie und Technologie (StMWi)

Further general Fö Further general funding programmes such as equity participations by Bayern Kapital GmbH or Bayerische Beteiligungsgemeinschaft and the SME loan programme can be found in the Guide to Funding of the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology:



Bavarian Research Foundation

<Commercial enterprises, members of the liberal professions, non-university research institutes, universities and universities of applied sciences/universities of applied sciences, as well as members or institutions of higher education entitled to carry out F&E projects, with their registered office, operating facilities, and the number of employees; The members or establishments of universities entitled to carry out R&D projects, with their registered office, operating facilities or branch office in Bavaria, may be involved in projects for the solution of cross-company R&D tasks which are carried out in close cooperation between one (or more) companies and one (or more) partner(s) from science (institutions for research and knowledge dissemination within the meaning of Art. 2 No. 83 AGVO) (joint projects) should apply for grants from the Bavarian Research Foundation in the following amounts:

  • up to 100 % of eligible costs in the case of strategically important and profitable fundamental research which is not linked to the industrial and commercial objectives of a specific undertaking; pft,
  • up to 50 % of eligible costs in the case of industrial research,
  • up to 25 % of eligible costs in the case of experimental development and
  • up to 50 % of eligible costs in the case of feasibility studies.
  • information processing and information systems,
  • software development and software engineering,
  • development of key components for communication systems, including microelectronics,
  • innovative applications (e.g. e.g. multimedia, intelligent home technology, motor vehicles, traffic, navigation).
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  • Conceptual design of mechatronic components and systems,
  • Development of innovative production and assembly concepts for mechatronic components and systems,
  • Development of computer-aided methods and tools for virtual design and design optimization,
  • Development of high-performance components and systems,
  • Development of high-performance components and systems,
  • Development of computer-aided methods and tools for virtual design and design optimization
  • Development of powerful methods of added layer manufacturing and real-time emulation of controls,
  • Highest level integration of electronics, actuators and sensors and the development of suitable packaging and interconnection technology
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>em>process and production technology: Optimization of value-added and business processes, especially in the areas of

  • innovative automation and process technologies,
  • production chains and manufacturing technologies,
  • new planning and simulation technologies,
  • knowledge-based models and systems.



Heimat Digital

<Counties, independent cities, foundations and associations can apply for up to 300,000 euros over a period of 3 years for Heimat projects that fulfil the following requirements:

Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt)

Annual call for proposals 2020 for consortium projects at BIDT

The Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt) has set itself the goal of conducting internationally outstanding interdisciplinary research on the digitization of business and society. Research at bidt takes place in particular in the form of interdisciplinary consortium projects, which are usually conducted by three academic partners over a period of three years. For this purpose, project funds flow to the participating institutions, which can cover up to 75% of the costs of a full-time staff member involved. 

Detailed information on the call for proposals 

Information on the currently funded projects of the bidt can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding the call for proposals, please contact



Prof. Dr. Carolin Wienrich from the XR Hub Würzburg, working group Human-Technology-Systems at the Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg advises potential applicants and information seekers. Email: carolin.wienrich (at)


Federal Funding Programmes

The various points of contact can also be found at the federal level, from start-up funding to research funding to the promotion of creative content and even innovative business models.

EXIST founder’s grant

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EXIST Research transfer

In the case of phase II, a non-repayable grant of up to 180,000 euros, but no more than 75% of the specific costs of the project, can be awarded. Prerequisite are the company's own funds and, if applicable, equity capital in a ratio of 1:3 (up to 60,000 Euro).

BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research)

"Interactive Systems in Virtual and Real Spaces – Innovative Technologies for the Digital Society

The deadline for applications is 29 July 2020 at 12 noon (CEST)

The purpose of the call is to promote innovative research and development projects in the field of human-technology interaction.

Consortia from commercial enterprises, universities, non-university research institutions and civil society actors are eligible to apply. The submission of proposals by start-ups, SMEs and medium-sized companies is expressly welcomed. 



The basis for calculating the grants to commercial companies is the eligible project-related costs. As a rule, up to 50% of these costs can be covered by government grants. 

Grants for universities, research and science establishments and similar institutions not engaged in commercial activities will be calculated on the basis of the eligible project-related expenditure (in the case of the Helmholtz centres and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft on the basis of the eligible project-related costs), which can be funded up to 100% on an individual basis in accordance with the regulations governing state aid.

In the case of non-economic research projects at universities and university hospitals, a lump-sum grant of 20% will be awarded in addition to the eligible expenditure.

Funding will be provided for a period of three years in which two module stages will be implemented.


Guidelines under:




Prof. Dr. Carolin Wienrich from the XR Hub Würzburg, working group Human-Technology-Systems at the Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg advises potential applicants and information seekers. Email: carolin.wienrich (at)

DFG (German Research Foundation)

<The extensive DFG research programmes can be found here:

Innovation program for business models and pioneering solutions

<The BMWi promotes market-oriented non-technical innovations. </SMEs and cooperating, non-economically active German research institutions such as (art) universities can apply for grants for non-technical innovations for the following projects at the VDI/VDE IT project management agency:

  • Individual or cooperative experimental projects in the innovative early phase with the character of feasibility tests (maximum 12 months);
  • Complex individual and cooperative projects for the maturation of innovations, including extensive market tests and pilot listing on the market (maximum 12 months);
  • Complex individual and cooperative projects for the maturation of innovations, including extensive market tests and pilot listing on the market (maximum 12 months);
  • Complex individual and cooperative projects for the maturation of innovations, including extensive market tests and pilot listing on the market (maximum 12 months) (max. 24 months);
  • > comprehensive innovation networks consisting of at least five independent companies eligible to apply for the IGP, which jointly develop and implement comprehensive innovation topics. (Phase 1: maximum 9 months, Phase 2: maximum 18 months)
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The amount of the financial resources for project costs and expenses depends on the defined funding, which varies according to the project form and the type of applicant. </A first call for proposals has been launched at the end of 2019; it addresses digital and data-driven business models and pioneering solutions. </A second call for proposals is planned for the second quarter of 2020, which will focus particularly on innovations in the cultural and creative industries.

A third call will probably address innovations with a particularly high social impact ratio. The IGP is designed as a pilot project.

About 25 million euros will be available over four years.

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Contact: Hotline: 030 310078-360,

Dr. Claudia Ritter, Dr. Julian Stubbe, Marc Lefèvre

Development of digital technologies (Framework Programme)

<According to special research on this webpage; html public and private universities, non-university research institutions and other institutions with an interest in R&D as well as commercial enterprises with their headquarters, a branch office or permanent establishment in Germany and public institutions and associations can apply for grants; for pre-competitive R&D projects with a lighthouse character in the cooperation between science and industry (collaborative research), which contribute significantly to further increasing German competitiveness and to using efficiency and value creation potentials of digital technologies in Germany and in the European domestic market. The R&D ratio is between 25 and 50 percent of the total costs eligible for funding, depending on the market. </The spectrum of topics covers the following technologies, applications and ecosystems:

  • 3D technologies as the basis for the creation of virtual digital images and the visualization of digital 3D models, for situation assessment (and for the development of new products) and for the development of new products and services. (e.g. recognition of gestures) and environment recognition as well as for AR/VR applications (Augmented/Mixed/Virtual/Cross Reality), for example in assistance and dialogue systems. 0”)
    – Intelligent living environment
    – Application of service robotics: in industry, agriculture and construction (Field Robotics), in the consumer sector, in health care and nursing
    – Mobility applications
    – Healthcare applications to better understand diseases and to better target therapies
    – Building and Living BIM (Building Information Modeling) applications for the virtualization and simulation of processes in construction and for the life-cycle management of building objects. >nbsp;
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Games funding from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

<Companies that develop digital games or interactive content and have a registered office, business premises or branch office in Germany can receive up to 200,000 euros as a grant at a maximum funding rate of 50% (higher for start-ups and SMEs) for the development of a prototype or for production. Further information can be found on the page on de minimis aid.

The deadline for submissions was 30.08.2019. A submission within the framework of de minimis aid is currently not possible. A large-volume production funding on the basis of a culture test is also planned, for which a funding guideline will probably be published after the federal budget for 2020 comes into force. https://www.bmvi. en/DE/Themes/Digitales/Computerspielefoerderung.html

The BMVI department DG 21 (Open Data, Modernit?tsfonds) is at your disposal for organisational, technical and business management questions: Further funding can be found in the federal government’s funding database:


EU Programmes

There are also different approaches to support at EU level.

XR4all – Promotion of innovation

Two more calls: Until 30.04. and 31.07., outstanding XR research teams consisting of SMEs, research institutions and academia can be awarded up to 50.000 Euros; for the development of new XR solutions for the development of new XR solutions (e. g. Plugins for game engines, low-level components based on open APIs, standards and frameworks like SolAR, or other XR applications) on the XR Developer Platform. The solutions are to be published in the XR Solutions Catalogue. The Höchstsumme of €50.000 can be obtained in two phases: Projects receive 10,000 euros for phase 1 and 40,000 euros for phase two. Prerequisites are as follows:

  1. phase 1 – concept validation (2 months): Projects in this phase must extend and validate their concept from a business and technical point of view. The financing for this phase is €10,000 as a lump sum. Only those projects that have submitted the required results for this phase on time and whose quality has been sufficiently assessed will receive funding. On the basis of an evaluation at the end of the first phase, only the best evaluated projects will be admitted to the second phase and will therefore be able to develop the proposed solution. We expect to fund up to 50 projects in phase 1, of which up to 25 projects will then be admitted to phase 2. Each of these projects will enter the first phase after the selection after each of the 4 deadlines.

  2. phase 2 – development and integration (4 months): Projects accepted in this phase commit to develop a working version of the proposed solution, a tested, minimally feasible product. In addition, the working version of the solution or a version with limited functionality will be advertised in the XR solutions catalogue. The funding for this phase is €40,000 as a lump sum. Only those projects that have submitted the required results for this phase in due time and have been evaluated for sufficient quality will receive funding.

The total funding to be granted by XR4ALL is €1,500,000.

Participation in the XR4All network is also helpful to find out which projects will be funded in the Horizon Europe program in the next 5-10 years.

MEDIA – Creative content

<Independent European producers can apply to the European Union's Creative Europe MEDIA Programme for 160 degree films and narrative VR experiences under the call for proposals "Development Single Project":


institutions and companies from the European cultural and creative sector and the audiovisual industry can participate in the project; can also apply to the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme under the call „Bridging Culture and Audiovisual Content through Digital“ apply for funding for innovative use of digital technologies for projects: example:

  • which enables new forms of creative activity at the interface between different cultural and creative sectors, including the audiovisual sector, and through the use of innovative technologies (including VR); which implement innovative cross-sectoral approaches and instruments to facilitate the access, dissemination, promotion and/or monetization of culture and creativity, including cultural heritage </Projects must involve at least three partners from three countries participating in the Creative Europe programme, with a diverse range of expertise from different cultural and creative sectors.
  • The results of supported projects should be made public through a public workshop and the assessment of the impact of the measure. </Grant: at least 300,000 euros. Deadline for submission: 14.05.2020, 17.00 hrs. Here you can find the guidelines and further documents:
  • contact person: Ingeborg Degener and Ewa Szurogajlo from the Creative Europe Desk Munich >br />
    089-544 063-30

    Examples of funded projects:
  • „The Link“ from INVR.Space from Berlin,
  • „Offre immersive d’exposition et d’expérience VR“ by Gedeon Programmes from France, an immersive exhibition on the theme of Pompeii at the Grand Palais in Paris, supplemented by an audiovisual VR project
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Horizon Europe 2021-2027 – Research funding

In future, we will publish relevant calls in the new framework programme at this point.

To be noted: XR will be found there under “Interactive Technologies”.

Assistance with EU applications and support in the search for project partners through the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFor)

<Anyone wishing to apply for an EU programme should first seek advice from the strong BayFOR/strong on what needs to be considered and how the chances of success can be increased. </Contact person: Bayerische Forschungsallianz GmbH (BayFOR) Bayerische Forschungsallianz GmbH (BayFOR) Bayerische Forschungsallianz GmbH (BayFOR) Bayerische Forschungsallianz GmbH (BayFOR) Bayerische Forschungsallianz GmbH (BayFOR) org

Munich site Tel.: +49 (0)89 9901888-0

Nürnberg site Tel. : +49 (0)911 50715-900

The BayFOR as Enterprise Europe Network Partner also helps to find project partners. This requires information about the context:

  • Is this a European project?
  • Is it a bilateral cooperation e.g. for technology transfer?
  • Who is looking for the companies? What is the role of the companies in the projects for?
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    Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) GmbH Prinzregentenstraß; e 52
    80538 Munich

    Telephone  +49 (0)89 – 9901 888 – 171
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