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Calls for Application

Calls with deadlines

Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial Project Management  

Organisation: Partner universities Sorbonne, Milan, Paris, Warsaw, Copenhagen and Heidelberg

Target Group: recently graduated students

As part of the 4EU+ European University Alliance, partner universities Sorbonne, Milan, Paris, Warsaw, Copenhagen and Heidelberg are offering a degree on "Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial Project Management". The degree is designed for recently graduated students who want to use their expertise and energy for an innovative project and who want to learn how to work in a team and be introduced to a multidisciplinary approach. The program that takes place for one academic year conveys entrepreneurial and project management skills in order to work for a big company, to join a start-up or to be involved into the development of an association or an organization committed into e.g. social economy or ecological transition. It starts on November 6, 2023 and mostly takes place online. Participants will acquire 5 ECTS points and you can still apply until August 15!


GamesHub for Health and Life Science  

Organisation: MFG Baden-Württemberg, Heidelberg University

Target Group: start-ups and students

In the Heidelberg GamesHub for Health and Life Science, new game applications for preventive, therapeutic and educational use in the healthcare industry for patients and staff will be developed starting in October. In close cooperation between MFG Baden-Württemberg and Heidelberg University, the transfer agency hei_INNOVATION of Ruperto Carola will take over the on-site project coordination for the further development of the student and start-up program in the GamesHub for Health / Life Science starting in July. For this purpose, interested start-ups and students can apply for a place in the GamesHub program until September 6. If you would like to apply, please visit the website of the MFG Baden-Württemberg.

DFG-Fraunhofer Cooperation - Trilateral Knowledge Transfer Projects

Organisation: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Target Group: trilateral transfer projects

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are again jointly calling for applications in the field of knowledge transfer. Funding is available for trilateral transfer projects with the aim of closing a gap between foundational research and application. Applications can be submitted for trilateral transfer projects with a partner from a university/HAW/FH, a Fraunhofer partner and an application partner. The duration of the projects is a maximum of three years. DFG and Fraunhofer each provide funding of up to 3 million Euros per call.

The application process is split up into two parts. The first deadline to hand in drafts is September 13, 2023. A full proposal needs to be handed in by March 13, 2023.

Open Calls

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE)

Organisation: Italienischen Handelskammer für Deutschland e.V (ITKAM)

Target Group: Young entrepreneur students

Do you want to explore new markets and develop and test your own skills abroad? With the EU-funded mentorship Erasmus programme for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) and EYE Global, young entrepreneurs -up to 3 years of start-up experience, have the opportunity to work with an experienced entrepreneur abroad. The collaboration can last up to 6 months in EU countries and up to 3 months in the USA, Canada, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Israel. During this time, financial support is available. There are new mentors who are looking for innovative entrepreneurs.

CfA: Challenges and sponsorship wanted!

Organisation: Heidelberg University

Target Group: businesses

For our 4EU+ Diploma and Summer School programs in Chile, we are looking for corporate partners who want to increase their visibility at universities and gain access to innovation. As a sponsor of our programs, you can submit a challenge from your corporate context for the students to work on and then present to you, giving them a hands-on insight into the corporate challenge. If you participate, you get visibility at Heidelberg University and access to innovations, contacts to talents and network into the student body and new impressions and different perspectives on their current challenges. To apply we need information about the sponsoring, a challenge from your business and a mentor for supervising the teams. If you are interested, please contact Amelie Vermeer at amelie.vermeer@uni-heidelberg.de.

Novo Nordisk validatioNN funding program   

Organisation: Novo Nordisk

Target Group: Life science scientists

The validatioNN funding initiative within the Novo Nordisk Science2Medicine program is aimed at life science scientists seeking (financial) support for a key experiment. The aim of this short grant is to test a clinically relevant hypothesis. The focus is on cardiometabolic diseases. Project funding is up to 50,000 € for six to nine months. Additional support is provided through access to resources and exchange with Novo Nordisk experts. Application by a written proposal is possible on an ongoing basis. If you would like to apply, please can contact Dr. Christoph Meyer christoph.meyer@zuv.uni-heidelberg.de. Afterwards, you can submit your application online.

upCAT - The accelerator programme

Organisation: enTechnon, the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management and the KIT-Gründerschmiede

Target Group: Scientists, researchers and students from the KIT environment, KIT partners and the Helmholtz Association with focus on deep tech

Do you have an initial idea for your own company and need a boost to turn it into reality? Then the Start-up Catalyst – upCAT – is the right place for you. upCAT is a joint offer of enTechnon, the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management and the KIT-Gründerschmiede. Teams of scientists, researchers and students from the KIT environment, KIT partners and the Helmholtz Association may participate. Teams should focus on Deep Tech.

Funding of innovative research projects with a high translational potential

Organisation: Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS)

Target Group: Academic researchers

In Germany, there is wide gap between successful basic medical and scientific research and its timely, direct application in everyday clinical practice for the benefit of patients. For this reason, the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS) funds innovative research projects with a high translational potential, through its non-profit subsidiary ForTra gGmbH for Research Transfer. It aims to bring promising developments to application as quickly as possible in order to help the sick or prevent diseases. Research projects applying for EKFS Translatorik funding, need to clearly define the respective patient-relevant application potential and present first convincing research results. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Call for activities related to the EIT Health flagships

Organisation: EIT Health

Target Group: anyone with interest in healthcare innovation

Europe is facing major challenges in healthcare - from the increase in infectious diseases, pandemic threats and antibiotic resistance, to the rising costs of healthcare and the healthcare systems. EIT Health has developed a flagship concept that will contribute to some of the top health priorities that have been identified at EU level. Now EIT Health has launched an open call for cross-pillar activities for three of their four flagships. The call is open to anyone with interest in healthcare innovation. The EIT Health enables projects to benefit from a range of services available through the Business Creation pillar and other EIT Health functions to improve skills, assess financial readiness, develop products, or execute validation or market-entry studies.


Organisation: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Target Group: small and medium-sized enterprises

The “Central Innovation Program for SMEs” (ZIM) is an open-topic program to promote research and development (R&D) for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and for non-profit research institutions cooperating with them. Funding is provided for R&D cooperation projects between companies or between companies and research institutions for the development of innovative products, processes or technical services without restriction to specific technologies or sectors. They are to be carried out in a balanced partnership in which all partners provide innovative services. Cooperation projects can also be carried out with foreign partners (companies and research institutions) (international R&D cooperation).