The AiF - German Federation of Industrial Research Associations is an industry-supported innovation network for the promotion of research, transfer and innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises. As a member of the AiF, the DGMK forms a platform for the organisation of pre-competitive projects of the Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung (IGF). Several hundred honorary reviewers evaluate the funding applications. Companies accompany the research work and thus ensure its practical relevance. IGF-projects are implemented via the AiF with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and are available to all interested companies.
In 2020, the DGMK's Processing and Application Division obtained grants from the BMWi amounting to over 1.5 million euros as part of the IGF competition.