Call for HEiKA project proposals

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The Heidelberg Karlsruhe Strategic Partnership – Research Bridges (HEiKA), established as a collaborative research platform for the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University, provides funding for small to medium-size joint projects that are characterized by outstanding scientific quality and high innovative potential. Entitled to answer this call are all scientists of KIT and Heidelberg University.

The call asks for project proposals thematically involved with at least one of the five HEiKA Research Bridges Advanced Imaging Platform (AIP); Functional Materials (FM); Medical Technology for Health (MTH); Particle Physics, Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology (PAC); Synthetic Biology (SB).


Objective: Start-up funding of joint projects

Target Group: Scientists of KIT and Heidelberg University

Scientific Focus: Thematic assignment of your project to at least one of the five HEiKA Research Bridges.

Funds: Maximum EUR 80.000 per joint project

Funding Period: 1 Jan – 31 Dec 2021

Submission: Send your proposals by July 29, 2020 via eMail to

Kindly use the HEiKA proposal form, published for download below, and follow the instructions!

Unfortunately we are unable to process any application without it.

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HEiKA funding aims at furthering the collaborative partnership between KIT and Heidelberg University by exploring complementary competences and specific strengths of both partner institutions to enhance competitiveness in selected fields.

Type of support

Start-up funding for scientific projects with a viable future perspective within a larger funding context (e.g. DFG, BMBF, EU) of up to EUR 80.000 may be granted for a maximum of 12 months (01.01. - 31.12.2021). In justified cases, the 12-month project duration can be extended by up to 6 months free of charge. Requests for this must be made informally, but no later than 2 months before the end of the original project term, to the HEiKA office.

Applying junior scientists (max. 6 years after PhD - plus parental leave if applicable) are offered to request funding for up to 18 months (01.01.2021 - max. 30.06.2022). Please note: The above mentioned period of 6 years after your PhD must not be completed during the run-time of the HEiKA project (a potential prolongation included).

Funds must be used in accordance with the state funds guidelines. Recourses can be requested for personnel including student assistance (excluding the applicants own position), consumables, travel cost, support for project-related events, equipment and investments.

Target Group

Invited to apply are scientists of KIT and Heidelberg University. Proposals have to be submitted by two or more scientists holding a doctoral degree, at least one from each partner institution.

Applicant junior scientists are asked to present the contribution of the requested HEiKA project for the further development and sharpening of their own research profile in a short personal statement. Please submit this statement (max one page, DOC or PDF) together with your proposal. A pre-existing, documented collaboration is not a condition for a successful application.

Including an external partner into a HEiKA project proposal is possible in well-founded cases. Funding of external partners via HEiKA is not possible.

Project leaders of the ongoing grant period (2020) are not excluded from this call. An application for follow-up projects of running HEiKA projects is only promising, however, if it gives an already advanced joint initiative for the acquisition of larger joint projects a significant boost (e.g. accomplishing final joint research results to apply for a SFB-TR, EU or BMBF project).

Application Deadline & Submission

Applications must be submitted by 29 July 2020 (deadline) by email to Please submit applications as a Word or PDF document using our HEiKA proposal form (published for download below) and please be sure to keep the file size as small as possible!

Proposals may be written in German or English and should describe the project topic and aims, the anticipated outcome and comment on the connection to HEiKA objectives and the link to Research Bridges. Proposals must include a short work plan and a detailed budget plan for the whole project period (including a distribution of funds per partner institution) and milestones.

Applications submitted later or not in the form indicated will not be considered in the selection procedure. The funding will start on 1 January 2021.

Selection procedure

The funding decision is expected in the context of a HEiKA selection meeting in October 2020 in Heidelberg. For this purpose, after a pre-selection, the applicants for the best-reviewed project proposals will be invited to a discussion of their project idea to Heidelberg. Immediately following these interviews, the final funding decision will be made.

Applicants selected to discuss their projects will receive an invitation approximately one week before the selection session; the final funding decision will be announced approximately one week after the selection meeting.


Unsuitable are proposals that have already been submitted to other funding agencies. By submitting the application you confirm that the application has not been entered for any other selection procedure.

Overview of the projects HEiKA has supported so far.

Any further questions?

If you have further questions please contact the HEiKA office team: