CZS Transfer: Life Science Technologies - Surfaces

The call is aimed at application-orientated research projects in the field of life science technologies. Interdisciplinary research projects on surfaces in medical-technical applications are eligible to apply.

Detailed information:

Focus topic: Life Science Technologies
Programme: CZS Transfer
Target group: Professors
Funding budget: 1.000.000 €
Letter of intent deadline: 04.03.2024
Full proposal deadline: 15.04.2024


The "CZS Transfer 2024 - Surfaces" call for applications promotes innovative research projects at universities of applied sciences in our focus topic "Life Science Technologies". 

In the field of life science technologies, the CZS supports research projects that enable better medical care with the help of new technologies. 

The research projects sought in the current call for applications should deal with surfaces and their interaction with an organism. Possible medical (bio)technical applications may include instruments, consumables, active/passive implants, functionalised surfaces and nanoparticles. The research projects are intended to contribute to making the healthcare of the future safe, sustainable and efficient.

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, Biberach, Furtwangen, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Offenburg, Reutlingen, Ulm
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: Bingen, Kaiserslautern, Koblenz, Mainz, Trier
  • Thuringia: Erfurt, Jena, Nordhausen, Schmalkalden


The funding period is up to 36 months. The project can start on 1 January 2025 at the earliest and must start by 1 June 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.

Administration Point

Dr. Monika Schatz

Program Manager

Phone: +49 (0)711 - 162213 - 03