We fund Public Interest Tech.

The application phase runs until 30 September 2021.

The Prototype Fund supports ideas in civic tech, data literacy, data security and software infrastructure. We want to provide software developers, hackers, and creatives with the opportunity to code and develop innovative public interest technologies.

As individual developers or small interdisciplinary project teams, you will receive up to €47,500 over six months from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. With this funding, you can write code and develop a first prototype of your software. In addition, we will connect you with tech and other relevant communities, support you with coaching, and advise you on project implementation and communication.

The current application phase is open until September 30th, 2021.

10,3 Mio €

FUNDS DISTRIBUTED

248

FUNDED PROJECTS (incl. #wirvsvirus)

47.500 €

MAX. FUNDING PER PROJECT

Who can apply?

Self-employed developers and small teams who live in Germany can apply for funding.

Support

Each project is backed with a maximum of 47,500€, coaching from experienced mentors, and collaboration within an exciting network. From 2016 through 2020, there will be eight funding rounds. Each round, we can support up to 25 innovative open source projects.

Time frame

You have 6 months to implement your idea from the first concept to a prototype.

Open Source

Your results must be made publicly available under an open source license.