Excellence Initiative

Innovation Grants for Natural Sciences/Life Sciences


Innovation Grants in the Natural Sciences and Life Sciences make it possible to test the viability of possible applications arising from the results of basic research. Junior researchers (postdocs, straight after completing their PhDs) are to be given the chance to turn results attained in their PhD studies into usable products. To be eligible for funding, projects must demonstrate a reasonable prospect of becoming commercially viable or of leading to collaboration with non-University institutions. Each Innovation Grant is for a period of two years maximum by which time the project must be completed or have secured external funding. The application must have the support of a University professor to ensure a necessary venue and infrastructure.

Maximum Funding:

Innovation Grants may be used to finance the applicant’s position, one other position and material expenses. The Grants will be awarded in a competitive process to ensure that the projects have innovative potential and a good chance of success.


Applications may be submitted at the earliest 3 months before the end of the applicant’s PhD studies and no later than two years after completion of the PhD thesis. The project must begin within 6 months of being approved; otherwise approval will be withdrawn.

Your Application Must Include:

In 5 pages:


If a commercial spin-off project is planned, a business plan of about 5 pages is required, which also belongs to the attachment. Notes for the successful development of a business plan can be found at IHK Reutlingen or downloaded from the BIOPRO. Furthermore, the Industry Liaison Office of the University of Tübingen offers consultation previous to applications.

Selection Process:

Applications will be appraised and approved by academic referees with input from industry consultants. The Grants will be awarded in a competitive process to ensure that the projects have innovative potential and a good chance of success.

Successful applications will demonstrate:

Application Process:

Call for Applications: Applications can be submitted twice a year (February 28th and August 31st)

The electronic application tool will be activated on February 1st, and August 1st

Funding Begins: after the completion of your PhD thesis and approval by the Research Committee and the Rectorate.
Approval is given on condition that the applicant’s PhD is completed and has attained an excellent grade at the time stipulated.

Submit Your Application to:

Applications are to be uploaded into the Electronic Application Tool and in addition, one paper copy is to be submitted to:

Dr. Andrea Schaub

Dez. II.1 Research and Excellence Strategy

Wilhelmstr. 5

72074 Tübingen

Email: zukunftskonzept[at]uni-tuebingen.de

Phone: 07071-29 72592.

Any queries about applications can be addressed to the Industry liaison office
E-Mail: wirtschaftskoordinationspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de
Phone: 07071 - 29 76812.