Validation support and funding programs at the Technische Universität Darmstadt

For TU Darmstadt technology transfer (e.g. the transfer of research results) is as core responsibility besides research and teaching. However, the transfer of scientific results into application is often a difficult task. Due to high technical and economic risks in the early stages of the development-, validation- and exploitation-process it is often difficult to find suitable realization partners and investors.

In order to successfully transfer innovative, economic and/or social results into the market there are several funding programs available.

Pioneer Fund for Innovation

(TU-internal Funding Program)

The funding program Pioneer comprises the three program lines ACTIVATOR, BOOSTER and PIONEERS. 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.

Further information can be found on Pioneer-Fund-Homepage
If you are interested and have any questions, please contact Mr. Robert Heitzmann.

Validation of the technological and social innovation potential of sientific research, VIP+

(Support and funding programm of BMBF)

VIP+ is a funding program which is open to any topic and assists with the verification of innovation potential of research results and the exploitation of possible application fields. Therefore VIP+ enables the further development of research results into innovative products, processes and services.

The VIP+ program funds your further research and development projects up to 3 years with up to 1.500.000 Euro. Project proposals can be submitted continuously.

Further information can be found at der Federal Ministry of Education and Research
In case of interest and question to VIP+ please contact Mr. Deniz Bayramoglu.

EXIST-start-up promotion

(Support and funding program of BMWi)

Further information about the “EXIST” support program for sience- and technology-based start-ups can be found on the web pages of HIGHEST.

Further offers of Innovations- und Gründungszentrum HIGHEST.

If you are interested and have further questions please contact Ms. Sabine Remmert

Start-up promotion for biotechnology – GO-Bio

(Support and funding programm of BMBF)

Further information about the “Go-Bio” support program for sience- and technology-based start-ups can be found on the web pages of HIGHEST.

Further offers of Innovations- und Gründungszentrum HIGHEST.

If you are interested and have further questions please contact Ms. Sabine Remmert.