Innovation Management

Funding for your research, development and innovation project

Innovation management translates to a series of services geared to help you bring the best ideas to the market.

It includes finding the right funding opportunity for you, writing the project proposal, finding the right collaboration partners (also internationally) and if necessary, help you manage the innovation project.

Project Writing

Writing a project proposal to obtain a grant can be confusing and extremely time-consuming. A good project proposal describes your goals, the importance of which and your solution reasonably and convincingly.

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The format, language, and details of the proposal vary with the kind of project you envision but also with the funding you are targeting. Our service consists of writing for you the project proposals that match your innovation needs. We help you to submit them to the right funding call and accompany you through this process. Whether it is a European large project with multiple partners or a smaller national project with one or no further collaborators, we can assist you with the most complicated formulations and project definition. As an immediate result you will get a great project plan than can be executed without large deviations, and within your budget. Our personalized approach produces a detailed plan that lead to successfully approved projects, as you can check by our track record.

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Partner Search

We have an international orientation concerning our partner organizations. If you are in need of a specific technical or clinical partner to conduct your research and development project, we can assist you through our European network. Similarly, by being in contact with us you can be sure that you’ll be called to participate on new exciting projects.

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With a broad network both in Europe and in Germany we help you connect the stakeholders and key actors of the healthcare sector relevant to your goals. We extend and strengthen these connections in order to facilitate further R&D, maximize the impact and increase market penetration of new technologies, products and services. With this approach, we encourage our partners to integrate European cooperative projects and facilitate your integration in large or individual project dimensions.

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Project Management

After a successfully approved project, SMEs are faced with a series of challenges: the consortium, intellectual propriety and project management as well as financial and budget controlling. As part of our service following project proposal writing, we also offer a continuous support for your R&D projects.

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We support you at various levels of your project: from classical project management to expert advice on project organization and on the implementation of your project. Not only we are experienced in R&D, we also can offer you our vast experience of close cooperation with partners from multiple European countries. In addition, we accompany you in project dissemination and communication, documentation change management, IP management, and also controlling of the project budget and reimbursement process.

We conveniently act strategically and relate to the environment of your project. Our strength is to penetrate on-going development with a profound technical knowledge in a short time. As a result, we are quicker to act and know how to reach your goals. Your benefit: We make your projects more efficient, meet the deadlines and milestones, positively affect in all relevant key performance indicators and you are sure to receive the full reimbursement of your approved R&D project.

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Are you looking for a suitable funding program to finance your R&D or innovation project? We have over 25 years of experience and together with you we will identify the appropriate program for your project goals – on a national and European-wide level. We have especially experience with the following programs:

ZIM- Das Zentrale Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand

  • ZIM is the largest nationwide funding program that is open to all technologies and industries.
  • The ZIM is intended to sustainably strengthen the innovative strength and thus the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises. It is intended to contribute to economic growth, in particular by opening up value-added potential and raising the level of applied knowledge.
  • Choice of three project forms: R&D individual projects, R&D cooperation projects, innovation networks.
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EIC Accelerator

  • The EIC Accelerator supports individual small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), especially startups and spinout companies, in developing and scaling up breakthrough innovations. In some cases, small SMEs (up to 500 employees) are also supported.
  • The EIC Accelerator provides extensive financial support through:
    • Grants (non-dilutive) of up to EUR 2.5 million for the development costs of innovations,
    • Investments (direct equity investments) of up to EUR 15 million, managed by the EIC Fund, for scale-up and other relevant costs. Companies working on technologies of strategic European interest can apply for EIC investments of more than EUR 15 million.
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  • With the KMU-innovativ funding initiative, the BMBF supports cutting-edge research in German SMEs.
  • KMU-innovativ is integrated in technology fields that are particularly important for Germany’s future:
    • Bioeconomy
    • Biomedicine
    • Electronics and autonomous driving; Supercomputing
    • Research for civil security
    • Medical technology
    • Information and communication technologies
    • Interactive technologies for health and quality of life
    • Materials research
    • Photonics and quantum technologies
    • Production technology
    • Resource efficiency and climate protection
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  • Eurostars is a cross-border funding program aimed in particular at innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • The aim of Eurostars is to motivate SMEs to engage in bilateral and multilateral cooperation in research and development projects.
  • Eurostars is open-topic: the program supports projects on all technologies, provided they serve civilian purposes and aim to develop an innovative product, process or service.
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Method of collaboration

With us you are closer to getting that desired grant, so don’t miss the opportunity to contact us. Whether you are a start-up, an established SME or a large company we can customize our services to fit your needs and accompany you in this journey of innovation and discovery. Our services are personalized to your needs and of course, liquidity. 

We do all the work.   

From writing the project proposal, project management and market research to communicating and disseminating the results, we take care of it all. 

You do almost everything yourself.  

You want to get started right away and take the initiative in your project, but you need some assistance. We are happy to support you with advice, feedback or final review of your innovation project.

We share the work.   

 Wherever you need support, we are happy to help. You can concentrate on the things that come easily to you and you enjoy doing. We do the rest for you. 

There are many reasons why you might be interested or in need of an innovation management service. And here is why you should contact us:

Help with a complex and time consuming task

Our services are customizable to your needs. Whether you just need the project proposal written or you want to have a longer commitment throughout the project duration, we can assist you with the extra manpower you need to focus on your real goal: the product. With our experience, we know how to evaluate your project’s chances of success with a critical eye, and how to best address the funding programs available to you. We provide an unbiased point of view with all the necessary Intellectual Propriety safeguards you require. We understand that your time is your most valuable business asset, and we aren’t interested in wasting it. We offer you what you exactly need to succeed with your idea or project. We help you to save money, and most of all save your time.

Finding the right funding and competences

Our long-term mission is to facilitate others with their inventiveness and vision and bring those ideas into the market as products or services. Our desire is to support your efforts across the whole development chain into a self-sustainable business; this has given rise to our special service. We see such challenges transversal to the market segment that you operate in. We understand the unique needs you have, and with an outside eye we can help you interface with other industry partners, academia and user institutions or organizations. This way you can be sure that the product you develop is the right one for the market you want to address. No matter how complex or seemingly simple the innovation step is that your situation requires, you can trust that the team in Heidelberg knows your needs and safely guides you to the right funding for your project. Together we bring it to the best conclusion – a marketable product or service.

Specialized skills

There is no substitute for selecting a knowledgeable and passionate innovation partner. Our highly-specialized skill set makes us a great partner for your innovation needs. We fully understand the innovation cycle from initial idea to final market product. Our own competencies and experience in ICT and digitalization of processes (Industry 4.0)  is demonstrated by our own development efforts and successful market history. Our international dimension brings an added-value to this collaboration in finding reliable European partners to collaborate with. We have unique access to successful entrepreneurs and business executives around Europe, the investment community, talented consultants and successful companies that have created large business with our help, and proven leaders within the thriving technology ecosystem.

Meeting the deadlines

We know how to properly schedule assignments through the multiple funding deadlines. We treat each customer with personalized and special care making sure their assignment is top priority and meets all scheduled deadlines. The size of our team in Heidelberg is malleable; through our European partners we can extent it for your project on demand. At Inova DE, we have a disciplined, thematic approach to funding, project writing and partner search. In this way, we focus on assignments we know we can complete and on areas where we can best leverage our expertise and network of relationships.


We understand that keeping your costs low and predictable is extremely important. At Inova DE we operate on all levels of innovation demands. Therefore, we have customized offers for all different extents of innovation, research and development needs. Our costs are even reimbursable with go-Inno program! Whether it is a success fee based, a fixed hourly rate or project based, we are sure to show you excellent value-for-money. We’re not interested in making a quick profit or squeezing you into a one-size-fits-all program – we want to build a relationship with you and help your business flourish.



Go Limpets Lda

“We collaborated with Inova in creating a digital platform to monitor our processes. The work was funded by a joint EU project, which saved us a lot of economic resources and gave us a technological boost. I would recommend their work and knowledge as we will continue to advance joint projects.”
Bruno Bento, COO.


Efinger-Instruments GmbH & Co. KG

“Inova wrote for us multiple proposals, and secured funds to push our research results all the way to the market. And surgical instruments are not the easiest concepts to describe and design, but Inova managed to create and financial support for our innovation activities.”
Gunter Efinger.


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