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ForMaT (Forschung für den Markt im Team)
The German Ministry of Education and Research, or "Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung", funds innovative, interdisciplinary projects, with the intention to develop them into successful, market-ready products.
The motivation behind this program is to help reduce the time-to-market of the latestet scientfic advances and establish scientific innovations as the driving force behind the economic stimulation of the german states, known as the "Neue Länder".
A ForMaT project consists of two phases: Screening and realization
The screening phase takes about six months, during which a candidate team develops and proposes a research concept with a specific technology scope. A board of experts then evaluates the proposed concept, and decides whether it is suitable for an actual implementation.
In the second phase, the project will be realized as an innovation laboratory, called InnoLab, which is supposed to develop the priorly approved project within two years.
The InnoLab AutoNOMOS is one of the chosen projects for the second phase of the ForMaT Initiative in 2009. Supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ: 03FO2022).