Project funding by HEiKA


The Heidelberg Karlsruhe Research Partnership, which was set up as a joint research platform for the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Heidelberg, promotes small to medium-sized collaborative projects each year, which 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.
The next call for HEiKA Projects will start in May 2019.


HEiKA funding aims at furthering and deepening the collaborative partnership between KIT and University of Heidelberg 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. 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.

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 young researchers 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. A preexisting, 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.