The AiF - promoting innovative medium-sized enterprises
The AiF is the German Federation of Industrial Cooperative Research Associations "Otto von Guericke" (Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen "Otto von Guericke" e.V.). The central concern of this registered non-profit association is the promotion of applied Research and Development (R&D) for the benefit of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). Organized by industry, the AiF supports the efficient usage and advancement of R&D-programmes in order to increase the competitive strength of SME. To this end, the AiF has created a unique infrastructure, comprising an industry-based innovations network covering over 100 industrial research associations, with approx. 50,000 SME, and about 800 associated research institutions. Within this structure, the AiF’s two offices in Cologne and Berlin provide practice-driven innovation consultancy promoting R&D on a national and, increasingly, an international scale. Since its foundation in 1954 the AiF has been a competent partner to the federal government - currently the Federal Ministries for Economics and Work (BMWA) and for Education and Research (BMBF) - functioning as a bridge between industry and science within the framework of various R&D-programmes. The AiF acts as an agency for the promotion of R&D for small and medium-sized enterprises in two ways: on the one hand, it lays the foundations for industrial cooperative research in the pre-competitive stage for the benefit of entire industrial sectors; and on the other hand, the AiF acts as a programme managing executive for governmental R&D-support-measures for the benefit of individual companies and Universities of Applied Sciences. Overall, the AiF has an annual budget of nearly 250 million Euro of public funds.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen "Otto von Guericke" e.V.
Further information: http://www.aif.de/