Call for HEiKA project proposals 2019

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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 six 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) and HEiKAexplore, topic: Autonomous systems in the area of conflict between law, ethics, technology and culture. The start of funding is 1 January 2020.


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 six HEiKA Research Bridges.

Funds: Maximum EUR 80.000 per joint project

Funding Period: 1 Jan – 31 Dec 2020

Submission: Send your proposals by September 4, 2019 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.


Deadline: Proposals are accepted from May 15 – September 4, 2019.

We cannot accept any afterwards.



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. - 31.12.2020). 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 (01.01.2020 - max. 30.06.2021). 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 DFG 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. Not eligible are expenses for building measures, teaching, replacement or repair of equipment, basic laboratory and office equipment (e.g. computers), postage costs and office supplies.

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 (2019) 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 4 September 2019 (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.

AApplications submitted later or not in the form indicated will not be considered in the selection procedure. The funding will start on 1 January 2020.

Selection procedure

The funding decision is expected in the context of a HEiKA selection meeting on 11 October 2019 in Karlsruhe. 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 Karlsruhe. 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.


HEiKA Proposal Form 2019

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HEiKA Call for project proposals

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