Funding subject 7: Efficient use of resources thanks to innovative manufacturing processes, materials and surface technologies

Some of the greatest challenges we face in terms of establishing a sustainable economy are reducing consumption of natural resources and materials and minimising harmful emissions. Innovative manufacturing processes, materials and surface technologies are becoming increasingly important in terms of improving efficiency. We support innovative approaches to reducing resource consumption across the entire life cycle of a product.

Project targets could be measures that are integrated into the manufacturing process, the use of new materials or surface functionalities, further development of the recycling economy, for example by considering more efficient traceability during product development or new waste separation processes for composite materials. Furthermore, resource efficiency should be increasingly integrated into education projects as content that promotes awareness of sustainability and skills in the area of sustainability as well as to increase the number of qualified young professionals entering the job market in the future.

We are looking for pre-competitive development projects in SMEs that offer innovative ways to reduce resource consumption as well as practical projects for education or research with a holistic perspective and exemplary approaches to problem-solving.

Interested? Apply here! (in German)

In particular, the following measures are eligible:

  • New processes and production methods that increase resource efficiency across the entire value chain for processes and applications that require a great deal of raw materials

  • Projects for developing new material and surface technologies that significantly decrease resource consumption

  • Innovative ideas for closing material cycles with the greatest possible added value

  • Developments to prevent the use of or find substitutes for toxic materials or materials with toxic emissions

  • Projects that replace particularly scarce or problematic materials with materials that are not problematic

  • Educational concepts to promote skills in the area of sustainability and systematic and systematic and problem-solving thinking and action


Take a look at the flyer for further information and exemplary DBU-funded projects.

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