BMVI: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Phase II

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure:

Announcement of the funding guideline for research, development and innovation measures

Within the framework of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Program Phase II (focus on sustainable mobility) as part of the government program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology 2016 to 2026 – from market preparation to competitive products

Funding objective and purpose

The BMVI’s measures as part of the continuation of the NIP aim to establish mobility with hydrogen and fuel cells competitively in the market over the next ten years. This includes vehicle technologies and systems as well as the necessary fuel infrastructure. Complementary to the battery electric mobility programs and other measures to implement the Mobility and Fuel Strategy (MKS), the BMVI is thus pursuing an approach that is open to all technologies.

Funding is provided for projects in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell technology, particularly in road, rail, water and air transport as well as in special applications; in coordination with other ministries, the BMVI concentrates its R&D&I funding on demonstration, innovation and market preparation measures.

Subject of funding

Funding from the BMVI under this funding guideline will focus on the following:

  • Grants for R&D&I projects or feasibility studies (cf. Article 25 GBER) in the above mentioned competence;
  • Grants for innovation clusters (Article 27 GBER) on topics central to the objectives of the funding program.


In the first stage of the procedure, project outlines can be submitted continuously in electronic form via easy-online ( The review of the sketches is generally carried out on the cut-off dates of March 31 and September 30 of each year. The sketch submitter will receive feedback within two months of the respective deadlines.

The term of this funding guideline is limited until the date of expiry of the GBER plus an adjustment period of six months, i.e. until June 30, 2024.