The new Pathfinder program targets companies and awards grants for high-risk and radically innovative technologies. Funding is provided for the early phases of scientific and technological research - from the idea to the prototype or the development of a business case.
Subsequently, the Accelerator program (formerly SME Instrument) supports scaling. The target group here is primarily start-ups and SMEs. Either funding only (up to € 2.5 million) or blended financing (up to € 2.5 million funding grant and up to € 15 million equity capital) can be applied for.