CZS Breakthroughs: Life Science Technologies – Sensors

With the call for proposals on 'CZS Breakthroughs: Life Science Technologies – Sensors', the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung funds interdisciplinary and application-oriented basic research on future issues related to healthcare.

Detailed information:

Focus topic: Life Science Technologies
Programme: CZS Breakthroughs
Target group: Professors
Funding budget: 5.000.000 €
Letter of intent deadline: 15.09.2022
Full proposal deadline: 25.10.2022


The call for proposals focuses on projects related to modern sensor technology, recording physical/biological parameters or integrated (bio) sensor technology. The projects should create a connection between life sciences and engineering and advance personalised medicine through the development of new life science technologies. The research topics should contribute to securing future healthcare and making it sustainable and efficient.

What are the application requirement specifications?

  • The applying university must have an excellent organisational structure as well as proven national expertise in the respective field of research.
  • The project must align with the strategic orientation of the university.
  • The project must contribute to long-term strengthening of competencies in the area to be funded.
  • The university must contribute at least 10 per cent of the requested funding.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Carl Zeiss Foundation’s funding activity is axiomatically restricted to the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia. The following universities are entitled to submit applications as part of this call for proposals (the number of applications that can be submitted is shown in brackets):

  • Baden-Württemberg: Freiburg (1), Heidelberg (1), KIT (1), Stuttgart (1), Ulm (1)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: Kaiserslautern-Landau (2), Koblenz (1), Mainz (2)
  • Thuringia: Ilmenau (2), Jena (2), Weimar (1)


Attachments and declaration of consent for data storage are only available in German


The funding period is five to six years. The earliest possible project start date is 1 July 2023 and the project must start by no later than 1 October 2023.

Administration Point

Dr. Phil-Alan Gärtig

Program Manager

Phone: +49 (0)711 - 162213 - 10