Up to €3 Million for Projects on the Role of AI in the Workplace

As part of the German government’s programme for a ‘New Quality of Work’, this initiative by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) offers funding for the development of spaces for learning and experimentation within commercial businesses. These spaces should help develop and test novel approaches to work environments in the context of the digital and demographic change of German society. The aim is to foster good working conditions while also securing the supply of skilled labour. A key element of these spaces is their focus on consensus and social partnerships between employees and employer. Participating projects should have exemplary character and respond particularly to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them adjust to digital change.

As part of the current call, funding is provided for projects with an emphasis on digital technologies and the use of artificial intelligence within the work environment.

Projects must include the participation of employees as well as employers and the involvement of research institutions to support and evaluate the process.

They must address one or several of the following thematic areas:


Equal opportunity and diversity.


Knowledge and competencies.

Eligible for funding are commercial businesses (particularly SMEs), as well as associations and interest groups, research institutions, foundations and educational institutions. Projects must be carried out in research consortia including several partner from business and industry.

A maximum funding amount of €3 million may be provided over a period of three years.

Funding is provided in the form of a non-refundable project grant on the basis of eligible project-related costs. Funding levels for all applicants are set at up to 70% of project-related costs.

Applicants are initially asked to submit only an outline project proposal which will be followed by a full, formal funding application in the case of a positive review.

The deadline for the submission of outline proposals is 22 November 2019.

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