DKTI-Transport – Demonstration Climate Technology and Innovation – Transport

DKTI- Transport


DKTI-Transport is aimed at demonstrating sustainable innovations with low or zero CO2 emissions in the transport sector. The programme focuses on stimulating the transition towards innovative and sustainable energy carriers across the breadth of the Paris Climate Agreement. Grants are available for:

  • Experimental development and living labs for the testing and demonstrating of various means of transport (including road and waterborne goods transport; public transport bus services; vehicles for use on airport sites; zero-emission mobile machinery, in particular for residential construction)
  • Feasibility studies for low-emission transport vehicles
  • Innovation clusters
  • Co-financing of tank and charging infrastructure
  • New: DKTI Learning by Using


Each year, certain themes are selected as areas of focus. The themes for the coming period were announced in October 2020. In November 2020, the call has been published, and opened for submissions.

DKTI Learning by Using was new this year. Below, we briefly outline the facts:

  • Sharing and gaining experience concerning the large-scale deployment of zero-emission vehicles. These include plug-in hybrids; battery-electric; and hydrogen-electric vehicles.
  • Projects concern minimal numbers of vehicles.
  • A combination with the roll-out or use of existing tank or charging infrastructure can be considered. Collaboration between companies is encouraged.
  • A plan for data collection and processing, as well as dissemination, is part of the project.
  • Applications are handled according to the first come, first serve principle.

Feel free to contact us for advice on the link between your project idea and the thematic focus of 2020-2021.


  • Experimental development; demonstrations of means of transport, feasibility studies, innovation clusters, and co-financing EU projects can be requested by individual companies or a consortium.
  • Living labs are only eligible if there is a partnership with at least one company.

Grant specifications*


Type of projectGrant percentageMaximum grantDuration
Experimental development25-60%€ 500,0002 years
Living labs25-60%€ 2,000,0003 years
Feasibility50%€ 50,0006 months
Innovation cluster50%€ 150,000 per year2 year
Co-financing EUp.m.€ 1,000,000 or € 1,620,000duration EU-project
DKTI Learning by UsingTBDTBDTBD

* The grant rates and maximum grant amounts for 2020 have not yet been published. However, these are expected to be approximately in line with 2019 numbers, as published in the table above.

Expected time frame

  • Awarding projects Learning by Using Q1 2021
  • Awarding projects Living Labs and Experimental Development Q2 2021
  • This scheme is currently closed

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This fact sheet aims to provide a quick overview of the objectives, structure and conditions of this subsidy scheme. No conclusions can be drawn from this information. Moreover, this document has no legal status. 

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