From science to business

How can research results and ideas that have arisen at universities and public research institutions be made economically useful?

What career paths are open to me after completing my degree or doing research?

What options do I have to use my inventions or patents myself later?

What are the recycling channels? Who is funding? What are the first steps?

If you are interested, we will work together to develop a strategy for how your scientific findings from years of research and thesis or project work can get into business or how your innovation can be brought to market!

Talk to us and you have already taken the most important step! We accompany you on your way in a spirit of partnership and at eye level. Benefit from our expertise, our partner network and make use of these consulting services.

Services for scientists

The research association and its experienced innovation consultants support you with the following services:

Agrobiotechnikum Groß Lüsewitz
The school laboratory is located in the Agrobiotechnikum Groß Lüsewitz. Photo: Forschungsverbund

Patenting and licensing


We support you with questions about property rights, securing IP and questions about licensing in order to be able to market your research results in a legally secure manner. Benefit from our partner network of experts and specialists.

Funding and Financing


We determine for you in which implementation phase (idea phase, validation phase, utilization phase) you are and which sources of funding are possible, we support you with the preparation of documents and with the application for funding.

Dating agency


In our network of startups and companies, we are specifically looking for suitable cooperation partners - as co-founders and corporate partners, as clients or as clients. Let yourself be inspired in your research by problems from the economy and market your innovative solutions in a targeted and practical manner.

Start-up advice


We support you if you want to found a company on the basis of your research results. From the further development of your idea to financing to production and sales, we go every step with you. Find out more about our services for founders here.

Our SPiNOFF incubation project focuses primarily on generating ideas, implementing ideas and pre-seed financing (EXIST start-up grant or MV grant) in the pre-start-up phase through individual consultations.

A new SPiNOFF event series therefore focuses on the process from defining a problem to finding possible solutions to implementing a business idea.

Find out more about our range of events and workshops.

Write to us at or call us on 0381 260 578 90 and make an appointment for a free consultation!

Your contact persons

Martin Priesel - Geschäftsführer & Projektleiter beim Forschungsverbund MV

Martin Priesel
Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing., MBA
Managing Director & Project Manager

phone: +49 381 260 5789 2

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Martin Priesel is a graduate industrial engineer and works since 2006 in the transfer- and realization business. Since then he coached more than 1.500 researchers as part of several projects. It could be solicited 32 EXIST-promoted projects (60%) and were founded more than 51 innovative and technology-oriented companies. Further Martin Priesel is founding-experienced by his own with the founding of several clubs. As board member of the founder network "Gründerflair e.V." he represents the interests of the universities and research institutes nationwide and across the country.

Funding opportunities

EXIST start-up grant


The EXIST start-up grant supports students, graduates and scientists from universities and non-university research institutions who want to realize their start-up idea and implement it in a business plan. The start-up projects should be innovative technology-oriented or knowledge-based projects with significant unique selling points and good economic prospects for success.

Who is funded?

  • Scientists from universities and research institutions
  • University graduates or former research assistants (1/2 of the degree)
  • A team member with professional training

What is funded?

  • Innovative technology-oriented start-up projects
  • Innovative knowledge-based services based on scientific knowledge

How is it funded?

  • Founders with a doctorate: 3,000 euros / month
  • Graduates with a university degree: 2,500 euros / month
  • Technical employee: 2,000 euros / month
  • Students: 1,000 euros / month
  • Child surcharge: 100 euros / month per child
  • Material expenses: 30,000 euros
  • Coaching funds: 5,000 euros
  • Funding period: 1 year


What should I do?

Arrange a non-binding and free consultation with us. We would be happy to advise you!


EXIST research transfer


The EXIST research transfer program supports outstanding research-based start-up projects that are associated with complex and high-risk development work.

Who is funded?

Funding phase 1:

  • Research teams at universities and non-university research institutions (a maximum of three scientists and technical assistants) and one person with business management skills.

Funding phase 2:

  • Applicants are small, technology-oriented corporations with a capital contribution of at least € 25,000 that were founded in the course of funding phase 1, with the main know-how carriers from funding phase 1 contributing their knowledge and manpower to the new company and at least one person in the management are represented. Well over 50% of the shares must be owned by the founders working in the company.

What is funded?

Funding phase 1:

  • The aim of the first funding phase of EXIST research transfer is to carry out development work to prove the technical feasibility, to develop prototypes, to work out the business plan and finally to found the company.

Funding phase 2:

  • The subject of the funding is further development work, measures to start business activities in the newly founded technology company and the creation of the conditions for external corporate financing.

How is it funded?

Funding phase I:

  • Personnel expenses / costs for a maximum of four personnel positions
  • Material expenses / costs (e.g. commodities, consumables, capital goods, property rights, market research as well as the award of contracts and coaching measures).
  • Student assistants can also be financed.
  • Material expenses: max. 250,000 euros
  • Phase I funding period: 18 months

Funding phase II:

  • In funding phase II, a non-repayable grant of up to 180,000 euros, but no more than 75 percent of the specific costs of the project, can be granted.
  • As a prerequisite for funding, the company provides its own funds and, if necessary, equity capital in a ratio of 1: 3 (up to 60,000 euros).
  • Phase II funding period: 18 months

What should I do?

Arrange a non-binding and free consultation with us. We would be happy to advise you!

Validation promotion VIP +


The VIP + Validation Funding program supports teams of scientists in examining and demonstrating innovation potential in the respective work area and opening up possible fields of application. VIP + enables the further development of research results into innovative products, processes and services.

Who is funded?

  • Teams of scientists

What is funded?

  • Investigations to prove the feasibility
  • Development of demonstrators and functional models
  • application-oriented basic research for the further development of research results
  • Analyzes to prove the economic innovation potential
  • Protection of property rights

How is it funded?

  • Project funding max. 1,500,000 euros for a maximum of 3 years

How is it funded?

On the one hand, the efficient protection and use of intellectual property supports the commercial exploitation of innovative ideas and inventions from public research and the use of the creative potential, especially of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). On the other hand, the transfer of the latest research results into norms and standards is promoted.


What should I do?

Arrange a non-binding and free consultation with us. We would be happy to advise you!

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Logo von GO-Bio

With the start-up offensive biotechnology, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports researchers from the life sciences who want to start a business and who want to make ideas from research economically viable.

Who is funded?

The GO-Bio funding initiative is aimed at research teams willing to set up:

  • younger scientists who are already experienced in research
  • People with many years of experience in corporate research and development
  • Doctors with several years of clinical experience

How is it funded?


GO-Bio funding takes place in two phases, each lasting a maximum of three years:

In the first funding phase, the teams work out and evaluate the application potential. This phase is part of the academic sector, but preparatory measures for setting up a company are already taking place. At the same time, specific commercialization strategies for further implementation based on the scientific results are to be developed.
In the second funding phase, which is decided on after an interim evaluation, these strategies are transferred to commercial exploitation. Funding recipients are the founded companies, which have to raise a private co-financing as an important requirement for funding.

The BMBF generally provides between 15 and 30 million euros for each funding round. The amount of funding per project is individually dependent on the project content. In addition, the spin-off universities and research institutions can receive up to 350,000 euros for measures to strengthen technology transfer if a GO-Bio project has been successfully transferred to the second funding phase.



The project ideas should include research approaches from the life sciences with high commercial or clinical innovation potential and be geared towards economic use. The range of topics is deliberately broad.

The electronic application system "easy-Online" must be used to create project outlines and funding applications. A specialist jury then evaluates the submitted project ideas in a two-stage selection process.


What should I do?

Arrange a non-binding and free consultation with us. We would be happy to advise you!

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