The university-internal funding program Pioneer Fund aims to increase TU Darmstadt’s capacity for Innovation. It comprises the following three program lines:
Pioneer Projects A (“ACTIVATOR”)
Subject- and exploitation-open innovation funding: Support of validation, development of mature prototypes, feasibility and market studies, opening up of new application fields as well as the development of business models. Please find details on page 3 of the guideline (see below).
Pioneer Projects B (“BOOSTER”)
Funding of commercialization projects addressing practical problems: Within program line BOOSTER the work on practical issues is supported. Application is possible after publication of a topic-related announcement (see program line BOOSTER). Further details on the program line you will find on page 4 of the guideline (see below).
Darmstadt Pioneers (“PIONEERS”)
Darmstadt Pioneers (“PIONEERS”): Funds for innovative start-ups to commercialize Intellectual Property (IP) of the University: The objective of program line PIONEERS is start-up promotion. Development activities to proof the technical feasibility or pilot studies are part of the funding as well as development and validation of prototypes. Also the design of business concepts and economical tasks in preparation for the start-up can be funded. Please find further details on this program line on page 5 of the guideline (see below).
Target group of all program lines are scientists of TU Darmstadt of all disciplines as well as students, graduates and former employees of TU Darmstadt. The Pioneer Fund finances these development- and validation activities in projects lasting up to 18 months with up to 135.000 Euro. Please find details in the guideline (see below).
Project proposals can be submitted continuously. Read more about the application process.
Further Information and regulations you will find in the Guideline of the Pioneer Fund for funding of innovation (version 2017) (currently only available in German language).