Individual Strategic Projects

Individual projects are aimed at driving outstanding new technologies and solutions from which one might anticipate long-term strategic impacts in the ICT sector. These varied projects adopt a forward-looking approach and are particularly significant for the German economy.

International cooperation projects

The BMWK supports a limited number of bilateral cooperation projects with selected partner countries in the European and international arena. The aim is, on the one hand, to transfer technological developments to foreign application areas and markets and, on the other hand, to use the specific competences of research institutions and companies from the respective partner country in current funding areas for joint activities.


AUTONOMICS was about future-oriented approaches for the development of a new generation of intelligent tools and systems that are able to network themselves, recognize situations, adapt to changing operating conditions and interact with users and other objects.

Autonomics for industry 4.0

The technology programme "AUTONOMICS for Industry 4.0" has dovetailed modern I&C technologies with industrial production by exploiting innovation potentials and accelerating the development of innovative products.


The E-Energy programme, which was a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety made a vital contribution to speeding up the German energy reforms.


The IT2Green technology programme was launched to provide funding for innovative pilot projects which aim to develop comprehensive solutions that make the use of ICT in data processing centres, telecommunications networks, and office and home appliances more energy-efficient.


The Next General Media technology programme provided funding for 11 collaborative projects which explored new opportunities linked to electronic networking, and focused on ubiquitous computing and its use in specific fields of application.


The joint project OIH - Open Integration Hub aims at the prototypical development of an open source integration platform. OIH user companies will be able to synchronize their data automatically between applications.


"PAiCE - Digital Technologies for the Economy" is a technology program of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. This technology programme aims to integrate future-oriented digital technologies into industrial processes and applications.


Under the SimoBIT initiative, funding is provided to cooperative research projects aimed at developing, testing and the widespread use of innovative and secure mobile multimedia applications for improving productivity and quality in business and administration.

Smart Living

In recent years, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) has carried out a large number of R&D funding measures within the framework of its funding programmes and strategic individual projects, demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of smart living applications in areas such as comfort, safety, energy management and health prevention.

Smart Services Worlds

The technology programmes "Smart Service World I" and "Smart Service World II" developed state-of-the-art technologies for the further digitisation of the economy and society.

Smart Data Economy

A technology competition of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action with the focus on artificial intelligence, semantics, sovereignty.

The exploitation of data is an economic factor to be taken seriously. In the digital age, data is the raw material for economic value creation.


The individual THESEUS projects explore a range of new services and service platforms for various fields of application both for home and private-sector use.

Trusted Cloud

The goal of the Trusted Cloud technology program was to develop and test innovative, secure and legally compliant cloud computing solutions. Medium-sized companies in particular are to benefit from these new, cloud-based services.