EXIST Transfer of Research

The EXIST programme aims at improving the entrepreneurial environment at universities and non-university research institutes. It also aims at increasing the number and success of technology and knowledge based business start-ups.

The EXIST Transfer of Research provides support for outstanding research-based start-up projects that involve costly, high-risk development work. The goals of the programme are to support technology-oriented start-ups and to ensure the sustainability of start-ups and jobs.

EXIST is the follow-up to the programme of the same name in the 2014-2020 ESF programming period.

Profile of the programme

Target group
  • Start-up entrepreneurs
  • Universities
  • Enterprises
  • Self-employed
Implementation period

2023.01.01 - 2027.12.31

  • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Funding priority

1: Promotion of sustainable and quality work, start-ups and entrepreneurship as well as adaptation to change

Additional Information

web­site of pro­gramme


Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz

Oliver Hunke
Referat VIIC 4

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