ERDF zdi

Project call ERDF-zdi

With the ERDF project call from the state initiative zdi.NRW, or EFRE-zdi for short, the NRW Ministry of Science and the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs are jointly promoting the integration of companies into zdi work, the establishment and expansion of student laboratories and the strengthening of Networking to promote MINT. The funding provided comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

ERDF-zdi supports zdi networks in systematically establishing and expanding cooperation and partnerships with regional businesses. In addition, the project call promotes the expansion of the student laboratory landscape in North Rhine-Westphalia. The aim is to reach children and young people across the board with flexible and mobile offerings. The prerequisite for funding is that projects involve regional economic partners, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). ERDF-zdi helps with implementation and covers up to 50 percent of the project costs. Here you can find out more about the background of ERRE-zdi.

From 2012 to 2020 there were a total of three ERDF-zdi project phases in which more than 160 projects were funded with over 16 million euros. The last application deadline for the program expired in 2020. In the current ERDF period 2021-2027, it is expected that a new ERDF zdi program will also be launched.

Funding program zdi-REACT-EU

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has specifically supported the digitization of extracurricular learning locations. From the zdi-REACT-EU program, for example, B. Student laboratories receive up to €60.000 to build and expand their digital infrastructure. In total, up to 4,8 million euros from REACT-EU were made available for the program, which could be applied for in two rounds of applications in 2021. As of September 30th and December 31st, 2021, it was possible to submit applications to the Detmold district government.

Up to 60.000 euros in material resources

Any extracurricular learning location could apply for this program. The funds were only available for material expenses. Public or non-profit providers of school and non-school educational and further training institutions, associations, clubs, associations and small and medium-sized companies were eligible to apply. The funding rate was up to 100%. By the end of the applied projects at the latest, a didactic concept had to be presented that pedagogically justifies the planning and use of the purchased infrastructure.

In the film we show how the funds could be used in various projects in the five regions in NRW:


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Further information

You can find more information and the guidelines on the granting of grants to support virtual student laboratories at extracurricular learning locations in North Rhine-Westphalia (RL zdi-REACT-EU) here:

Digitization of extracurricular learning locations zdi (


District government of Detmold
Department 34
Leopoldstr. 15
32756 Detmold

Contact person: Sarah Stephan
Tel: 05231 / 71 3406-


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