Project overview

Here you will find an overview of the projects we are currently funding. On average, about 150 projects are being funded. Smaller funding projects are sometimes not described individually.


ongoing projects

Focus Topic
Type of Funding
Federal state

32 project descriptions available

100 years of planetarium - financing of a planetarium show STEM - Small funding projects – CZS Impulse

Short description

Funding is provided for the creation of an internationally broadcasted planetarium production to celebrate the 100th anniversary of planetariums.

3D Designer Materials STEM - Large individual funding projects – CZS Applied basic science

Short description

In the field of 3D metamaterials, the 3D Matter Made to Order cluster is developing customized artificial materials that exhibit a wide range of features not found in nature.

Activated transport and dynamic heterogeneous catalysis in molecular factories STEM - Individual funding programmes – CZS Nexus

Short description

Dr Simon Krause is a chemist and materials scientist working in the field of dynamic nanoporous framework materials. He studied chemistry at the University of Nottingham and TU Dresden. Since 2021 is a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart.

Algebra STEM - Individual funding programmes – Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung Fund

Short description

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Süß has been appointed to the Department of Algebra at Friedrich Schiller University Jena starting winter semester 2021. He previously conducted research at the University of Manchester, UK.

Anniversary Initiative Stifterverband STEM - Small funding projects – CZS Impulse

Short description

As part of the anniversary initiative "Wirkung Hoch 100", the Carl Zeiss Foundation supports three projects at DHBW Heidenheim, the University of Mainz and TU Ilmenau.

Communication Centres FORUM and FOCUS STEM - Large individual funding projects – CZS Individual funding

Short description

Two communication and meeting centres for interdisciplinary exchange are being built in Jena: the FORUM in the city centre and the FOCUS on the Beutenberg campus. Among other things, the buildings consist of conference and meeting rooms.

Deutscher Zukunftspreis (German Future Award) STEM - Small funding projects – CZS Impulse

Short description

The German President's Award for Technology and Innovation is one of Germany's most important scientific awards. It honors outstanding technical, engineering and scientific achievements that lead to products ready for application.

Disruptive electrode-electrolyte concepts beyond current scientific limitations - ECHELON STEM - Project funding programmes – CZS Perspectives

Short description

An environmentally friendly removal of oxygen atoms from organic compounds is being researched for the use of electricity to convert substances into valuable products. The aim is to avoid the electrolytic evolution of hydrogen.

Enhancing computational astrophysics with interpretable machine learning STEM - Individual funding programmes – CZS Nexus

Short description

Tobias Buck holds a doctorate in astrophysics. During his studies at the University of Heidelberg, he focused on robotics, machine learning and space exploration. Most recently, he worked as a postdoc at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam.

Evolution of phytohormonal perception STEM - Individual funding programmes – CZS Prisma

Short description

The Prisma funding for Prof. Dr. Kleine-Vehn is intended to advance an innovative approach in auxin research. In order to track down the origin of auxin functions, the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas is being analysed.