Your application deserves our great respect!

Your got answers on the future of aviation? Or even better: answers on questions that yet have not been considered? That makes you the perfect applicant for the Innovation Award of German Aviation (IDL) 2019.

As as a finalist your travelling to the IDL 2019 award ceremony in Berlin, where the award winners receive theirhonour in front of an audience of high-level representatives out of politics, economy and research. The ceremony will take place at the Digital Aviation Conference in Berlin.

Award winners receive prize money in a total of 20.000€. Moreover award winners receive multiple chances to present their projects at fairs.

Tendering for the fourth IDL started on January, 14th 2019 and will end on March, 31th 2019. Applications can be submitted in our German application portal, due to the requirement that essential steps of the value chain must be performed in Germany.

We are looking forward to your application!

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Innovation Award of German Aviation

Welcome to the Innovation Award of German Aviation - IDL!

You're invited to find updates and news about IDL and it's third time awarding innovations and new projects. IDL addresses companies, Start-Ups and private individuals to present their newest developments out of the area of civil aviation. The presented innovations should create a clear benefit for participants within the whole system of civil aviation. 

IDL is a platform for broad communication between partcipants of it's network and builds linkages to other branches, especially the IT-Branch.

The prize categories 2019

Flying outside the box

From new propulsion methods, through innovative flying objects to the digital customer journey –  the prize category “Flying outside the box” honors innovations that reinvent our ways to fly.


Reduction of emissions

The prize category “Reduction of emissions” honors innovations that are striving for sustainability and the reduction of emissions like noise, carbon dioxide and air pollutants.

Cross Innovation

The prize category “Cross Innovation” honors innovations out of non-aviation branches that may find usage in the aviation industry and vice versa.

Smart Factory

Whether industrial robots, automated work stations, or augmented reality – the prize category “Smart Factory” honors innovations that drive the digitization and automation of production.

The benefits of your application

Winner of the IDL

The honor to be the winner of the IDL and a press relevant award ceremony

Free shuttle

Free shuttle of the finalists to the award ceremony at the Digital Aviation Conference


The chance to present your innovation at fairs and events together with the IDL team

Prize money

5.000€ prize money per category

The network

Under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy the associations BDLI, BDL, Bitkom and the P3 group organize the Innovation Award of German Aviation, supported by DLR and ZAL.