CZS Transfer: Artificial Intelligence - Enabling technologies

The call for applications addresses research into technologies that enable, support and accelerate AI and machine learning. This includes both hardware and software topics.

Detailed information:

Focus topic: Artificial Intelligence
Programme: CZS Transfer
Target group: Professors
Funding budget: 1.000.000 €
Letter of intent deadline: 13.09.2024
Full proposal deadline: 08.11.2024


The CZS Transfer programme supports interdisciplinary research projects in the natural and engineering sciences (in particular computer science, mathematics, systems and electrical engineering, physics, mechanical engineering and materials science) at universities of applied sciences.  

The current call for applications ‘Artificial Intelligence - Enabling Technologies' addresses research into hardware and software that enables or accelerates AI and machine learning. The focus is on the areas of data generation, data pre-processing and storage as well as architectures and frameworks.

The projects should also address one or more cross-cutting issues relating to trustworthy AI, robustness and certification, data utilisation, scalable annotation and/or sustainable IT.

What are the application requirement specifications?

  • The project must align with the strategic orientation of the higher education institution. 
  • The project must strengthen an already established area of research at the higher education institution.
  • The project must have great potential in the practical application of the acquired knowledge.
  • The project must contribute to long-term strengthening of competencies in the research area.

Who is eligible to apply?

The funding activities of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung are generally limited to the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia. The following Universities of applied sciences are eligible to apply under this call:

  • Baden-Württemberg: Aalen, Albstadt-Sigmaringen, Furtwangen, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Offenburg, Ravensburg-Weingarten, Reutlingen, Ulm
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: Bingen, Kaiserslautern, Koblenz, Trier, Worms
  • Thuringia: Erfurt, Jena, Nordhausen, Schmalkalden


The funding period is up to 48 months. The project can start on 1 June 2025 at the earliest and must start by 1 October 2025 at the latest.

New: In addition to the project funding applied for, the Carl Zeiss Foundation will pay an overhead lump sum of 20 per cent of the funding amount.

Letters of intent and applications can only be submitted digitally via our application portal. Registration is required for this.

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