Smart and confident use of data for production

Within the framework of a German-Austrian cooperation, the funding of a lead project "Smart and sovereign use of data for production" is planned.

This lead project is to address the following key issues:

  • Identification, extraction and organization of production relevant data
  • Increased flexibility and efficiency in production by processing production-relevant data
  • Ensuring security and availability of production-relevant data.

In particular, it should also be possible to develop concepts that clarify the need for, and the technological and economic benefits of the GAIA-X open platform (

Both sides intend to support this project with €2.5 Mio. each, subject to the availability of the corresponding budgetary funds.

Funding for this international cooperation project is provided on the basis of the "Development of Digital Technologies" (in German only) funding framework, whose framework regulations apply. Funding will be provided for a strategic project in the special form of "international cooperation projects" with generally three to five partners in accordance with No. 7.2 of the funding framework. In deviation from the funding framework, the project duration may be up to 48 months.

Both sides draw up a joint bilateral project description and submit it to their respective countries by the cut-off date. The basis for this description of the lead project is the template for bilateral project description.

The BILATERAL PROPOSAL GUIDE provides information on the exact procedure.

For those interested in Austrian funding, the FFG provides information here.

For German applicants, the application procedure has two stages:

Step 1: - completed

The call is completed. The submitted sketches are now being evaluated.
(The German sub-consortium will submit the bilateral project description as a project outline by 12 noon on August 20, 2020. This is done via the online outline tool pt-outline. This bilateral project description is binding for the entire consortium! In terms of the usual funding rules, this is already the overall project description. It serves as a basis for all further steps).

Step 2:

After a positive evaluation, the German partners will be invited to submit a proposal. Formal project proposals must be submitted via the online funding portal easy-online by the deadline of October 20, 2020. To this end, each German project partner must also write and submit a sub-project description of its specific role and tasks on the basis of the bilateral project description. 


  • Kick-off event (web conference), The presentations from this webinar can be viewed here
    May 19, 2020,
  • Deadline for the international consortium at FFG and DLR-PT
    August 20, 2020, 12:00 noon
  • Presence jury meeting with hearing for the applications
    September 22, 2020
    if necessary additionally 21 September 2020, a very large number of applications should be received.

    - Option: in case of continuing travel restrictions based on the COVID19 virus, an online jury meeting will be held alternatively on the same date.

  • Invitation of the German partners for formal application
    September 28, 2020
  • Submission of the funding documents of the German project partners
    until 20 October 2020
  • Possible project start
    from March 01, 2021
  • An interim evaluation of the lead project is planned after the first half of the project duration.