After the initial award procedures, the Ministry of Science and Culture of the German State of Lower Saxony plans to support nine applied research projects based on the EFRE guideline 'Innovation Created by Universities and Research Institutes' (EFRE = European Fund for Regional Development). The NBank approved the funds. The Lower Saxony Innovation Network for Fiberoptic Formaldehyde Sensors (Südniedersächsischer Innovationsverbund Faseroptischer Formaldehydsensoren (SNIFF)), which includes the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute in Goslar (Germany), will receive approx. € 1.4M. The German State of Lower Saxony grants a total of € 11.5M for applied research projects.
Other SNIFF members are the University Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, the Technical University Clausthal and the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films.