CZS Transfer: Resource efficiency – Sustainable material innovations

The call for proposals promotes application-oriented research in the field of resource efficiency. Interdisciplinary project teams are to research sustainable material innovations for a resource-conserving circular economy.

Detailed information:

Focus topic: Resource efficiency
Programme: CZS Transfer
Target group: Professors
Funding budget: 1.000.000 €
Letter of intent deadline: 14.02.2023
Full proposal deadline: 28.03.2023


The call for applications "CZS Transfer - Sustainable Material Innovations" promotes innovative research concepts with high social and/or economic relevance in the field of resource efficiency at universities of applied sciences. 

The focus is on future issues for a sustainable, resource-conserving circular economy. Possible topics include new materials based on renewable raw materials, environmentally friendly, reusable and recyclable materials and building materials or production processes using less material. The research projects should contribute to making the entire value chains safer, more sustainable and more 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.
  • The higher education institution must contribute at least 10 per cent of the requested funding.

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, Heilbronn, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, Reutlingen, Stuttgart, Ulm
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: Bingen, Kaiserslautern, Koblenz, Mainz, Trier
  • Thuringia: Erfurt, EAH Jena, Nordhausen, Schmalkalden

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The funding period is three years. The earliest possible project start date is 1 February 2024 and must be completed by no later than 1 June 2024.

Administration Point

Dr. Karla Hillerich

Program Manager

Phone: +49 (0) 711 162 213 – 21