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Innovation and funding programmes

We close the gap between research and application: Helmholtz supports knowledge and technology transfer through a variety of programmes. Discover what we have to offer, such as networking meetings for spin-offs, funding for founders and idea workshops for cooperation with industry.

Helmholtz Enterprise

Helmholtz Enterprise (HE) is the internal program for spin-offs from the Helmholtz Association. The overall purpose of the program is to support scientists to work entrepreneurial and start a well-thought-out business.


Transfer campaign

We use our knowledge to help develop solutions for the future. They should reach society as quickly as possible. That is why we are promoting the consistent transfer of our findings into practice by means of a structure-building campaign.


Innovation Fund of the Helmholtz Centers

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) promotes knowledge transfer at Helmholtz: It provides the transfer offices of some Helmholtz centers with additional budgets for innovation projects.



We want our innovative drugs and therapies to reach patients as quickly as possible.


Validation projects

Validation is the decisive step in technology transfer: new products or services leave the laboratory and prove themselves in practice.


Innovation Labs

In our Innovation Labs, science and industry work closely together with the aim of bringing innovative technologies with great future potential to application quickly and efficiently.


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