For research projects that the university implements in conjunction with or on behalf of small and medium-sized enterprises, the programmes of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in particular, with the project coordination agency, the AiF (Federation of Industrial Research Associations), and the "Entrepreneurial Regions" programme run by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which only applies to the new federal states, offer many promising funding possibilities. → KMU-Förderung des Bundes
Furthermore, there are numerous research programmes that have been developed on an inter-agency basis such as the Energy Research Programme and the Sustainability Programme IKT as well as many research programmes run by the individual ministries, that primarily publish topic-related calls for tender, for which candidates must apply by a fixed deadline.
The Federal Government publishes funding rules for its funding programmes, generally with a fixed deadline by which applications must be submitted, whilst in a few cases applications may be submitted at any time. The deadlines are published on the pages of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which is responsible for coordinating research funding.