Innovation Fund of the Helmholtz Centers

The Innovation Fund of the Helmholtz Centers is a funding program from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It provides additional budgets to the transfer offices at certain Helmholtz Centers for implementing their own innovation projects.

The BMBF’s annual funding of 2.4 million euros enables several new innovation measures, such as:

  • implementing internal innovation/development projects,
  • increased professionalization of transfer offices,
  • co-financing projects from the Helmholtz Validation Fund and Helmholtz Enterprise, and
  • pro-rata financing for bonus systems at the Centers for researchers and institutes.

The budget is managed independently by the transfer offices.

The Innovation Fund of the Helmholtz Centers was launched at the following Helmholtz Centers in 2016 based on a call for application and evaluation:

  • German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)
  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel
  • Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ)
  • Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
  • Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI)
  • Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Research Centers must report their progress and results each year using self-selected success indicators.

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