Excellence Strategy

Innovation Grants

Objectives of the funding

The aim of the Innovation Grants is to give young, innovative scientists the opportunity to develop application-oriented projects for a potential market. Promising approaches for exploitable results often arise during the doctoral thesis, but are not pursued due to lack of time and pressure to publish. This personalized program provides young researchers with the necessary support to realize their innovative ideas. They can apply for their own position and start their own small working group.
Please note:

  • The project must be developed directly from the own doctoral thesis.
  • A clear innovative content as well as the economic efficiency and feasibility must be proven.
  • The scientific quality should be documented by relevance, originality and actuality of the basic research.
  • A transfer should be guaranteed after the funding period of up to two years at the latest.

Here you will find further information and calls for proposals for the sciences and life sciences as well as for the humanities and social sciences.

Information on all currently funded projects can be found here:


Current Projects

Sciences and Life Sciences

Multiple laser frequency control system for quantum technology platforms


Dr. Lörinc Sárkány, Institute of Physics
Supported by the working group of Prof. József Fortágh, Professorship for Nano-Atomoptics

The current growth of quantum technologies emerges from the focused, task-oriented, step-by-step transfer of scientific knowledge and experimental know-how into applications such as sensing, metrology, communication and computing. Unique physical principles like quantum superposition and entanglement enhance the performance compared to classical systems. The grand challenge is the development of hardware platforms for the stable implementation of these principles.

There is a competition to develop compact, turn-key solutions for multiple laser frequency control because such key components bear large economical potential already in the present development stage of quantum technologies. The goal of this Innovation Project is to foster the transfer from our experimental know-how and laboratory solutions of multiple laser frequency control to useful components for the quantum technological platforms, in particular to invent compact and economical solutions for laser frequency stabilization with an absolute accuracy and stability of MHz to kHz.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Trust in police work in a practical approach


Dr. Maike Hecker, Faculty of Law, Criminal Law
Supported by the working group of Prof. Rita Haverkamp, endowed Professorship for Crime Prevention and Risk Management

Fair and respectful treatment generates trust in the police and promotes cooperation. Internationally, researchers have repeatedly confirmed this notion of Procedural Justice Theory. Current studies in Germany verify that citizens react sensitively to personal contact with the police.

Fair and respectful treatment can have a positive effect on both the short-term interactions with the police and long-term attitudes towards the police. As part of the Innovation Grant, training materials will be developed and tested together with the German Police University to direct attention to fairness in police-citizen relations.