Promoting research: the Federal Government’s aviation research programme
Since 1995, the Federal Government has promoted the research and technology development in the "LuFo" aviation research programme. The main focus of the current, fifth, edition of the programme includes strengthening the sector as a lead market for Industrie 4.0, and developing new digital products.
Facilitating financing: the Aircraft Equipment Programme
In order to strengthen the equipment and component supplier industry in the aviation sector and to safeguard its technological edge, the Economic Affairs Ministry provides loans to help fund development projects. This limits the development risks and delivers greater financial security. .
Strengthening international cooperation and networking
Innovation is not a one-way street. Aerospace technologies find their way into other sectors – and vice versa. With programmes like “Future Lab: Aviation Technology Transfer” and the Aerospace StartUp Night, the Economic Affairs Ministry promotes cross-sectoral technological networking. The aim is to highlight and leverage potential for innovation and synergies.
The Economic Affairs Ministry is actively involved in shaping the international environment for research, development and exports in the aerospace sector, working on this in national, European and international bodies. Also, the Economic Affairs Ministry backs the interests of Germany’s aviation industry in European research framework programmes like Clean Sky, SESAR, Horizon 2020.
Promoting the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institutional funding of more than €200 million goes towards the research work of the DLR each year.
Supporting German space flight projects
Via Germany's membership of ESA (the European Space Agency) and the National Programme for Space and Innovation, the Economic Affairs Ministry provides around a billion euros of funding each year.