Innovation Grants for Sciences/Life Sciences


Innovation Grants in the Sciences and Life Sciences make it possible to test the viability of possible applications arising from the results of basic research.
Junior researchers (postdocs who have recently completed a PhD) will be given the chance to turn results attained from 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.


Innovation Grants may be used to finance the applicant’s position, one other position and material expenses. Innovation Grants last for one year with an option to extend for a further year, by which time they must either be completed or have secured external funding.



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 The project must begin within 6 months of being approved; otherwise approval will be withdrawn.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:

  • Detailed description of the project to turn research results into a commercially viable product. (List possible external partners)
  • Evidence of commercial viability if you have it, business plan, potential collaboration partners
  • Presentation of follow-up financing if required (external funding programme)
  • Timetable for carrying out the project, including milestones and draft budget


  • Abstract: Project summary, measures planned, market situation, the project’s innovation potential (for publication – max. 1 page Arial 11, single-spaced)
  • Resume and list of publications and applicant’s perspective for the future
  • Written confirmation from supervising professor of his/ her support and confirmation that he/ she will ensure the project has the necessary venue and infrastructure during the funding period.
  • 2 positive assessments from representatives of your discipline
  • Please note that signatures of the Dean and the institute’s director are required (Form "Declaration and fact sheet", to be found in the internal section of the website of the excellence initiative)


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 approximately 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:

  • Clear innovative content and economic viability and feasibility, business acumen and sustainability
  • Academic/ scientific quality: relevance, originality and timeliness of the fundamental work
  • Academic/ scientific background of the applicant  


Application Process:

Call for Applications: Applications can be submitted twice a year (April 1st and October 1st)

The electronic application tool will be activated on March 1st, and September 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:

Wirtschaftskoordination/Industry liaison office

Zentrale Verwaltung, Dez. I.4

Wilhelmstr. 5

72074 Tübingen

Any queries about applications can be addressed to the Industry liaison office
E-Mail: wirtschaftskoordination[at]
Phone: 07071 - 29 76812.