/ I4KMU /

I4KMU is the competent contact for SMEs for the funding measure “Industrie 4.0-Testumgebungen – Mobilisierung von KMU für Industrie 4.0” (Industry 4.0 Testbeds – Mobilising SMEs for Industry 4.0) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In order to avoid possible barriers to innovation and to address SMEs in particular who do not yet have any experience with public funding opportunities, the entire funding measure is accompanied by the National Contact and Coordination Office “Nationale Kontakt- und Koordinierungsstelle
I 4.0-Testumgebungen für KMU – I4KMU” (
National Contact and Coordination Office I 4.0 Testbeds for SMEs – I4KMU).

I4KMU supports prospective funding recipients without obligation through all phases of the BMBF funding measure: from the classification of an I 4.0 project idea about the nationwide neutral mediation to suitable I 4.0 testbeds and the design of the application up to the implementation of the project

/ Funding Measure /

With the funding measure “Industry 4.0 Testbeds – Mobilisation of SMEs for Industry 4.0”, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) enables SMEs to position themselves as innovation and technology drivers in the digital transformation in global competition. Within the framework of this funding measure, short-term and targeted cooperation between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and industry 4.0 testbed will be promoted in the field of Industry 4.0.

On the one hand, the funding is to cover part of the costs incurred by the SME to achieve the project objectives, on the other hand, the contract for an I 4.0 test environment is to be financed from this. For this cooperation, a nationwide network of I 4.0 test environments will be made available to SMEs in order to test newly developed digitised processes and products, innovative system approaches and related networked business models under realistic conditions.