Third iteration of Germany's national aviation development fund published

Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) has published the third funding call for its LuFo aviation research program. The headlines: the program places a clear focus on climate-neutral flying and for the first time sets concrete target values that successful projects must adhere to.

Dr Anna Christmann, the German government's coordinator for German aerospace, comments: "The requirements and goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and the European Commission's Green Deal pose major challenges for the aviation industry. By providing targeted support for highly innovative research and development projects, we want to support the transition to zero-emission and climate-neutral flying, while at the same time helping to reduce the consumption of materials and resources in production. I invite the entire industry to once again contribute to this new iteration of LuFo with excellent project outlines."

According to the BMWK website, the latest funding round focusses on three core areas. In addition to alternative climate-neutral drive systems, the programme promotes energy-saving technologies, for example through weight reduction and efficiency improvements in powertrains and improvements in aerodynamics. In addition, LuFo will accelerate manufacturing processes and reduces costs.

First launched in 1995, the LuFo program is one of the most important instruments designed by the the German government to support research and development in aviation technologies. With the 3rd call - also known as LuFo Climate VI-3 - the program for the first time sets concrete target values for new projects. The Ministry also indicated that it intends to make the evaluation of environmental criteria by independent experts more stringent.

Good news for small and medium-sized enterprises: the BMWK has established a dedicated team for SMEs to provide one-to-one advice on topics such as funding programs, research projects and networking.

via BMWK