STEM impulses

in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

ongoing projects
84.3 m
€ invested funding budget

We promote research and teaching in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition to thematic funding in our priority areas, we keep an eye on the entire spectrum of natural and technical sciences.

What do we mean by STEM impulses?

Under STEM impulses we combine calls for application and the funding of selected projects outside our three priority areas of Artificial Intelligence, Resource Efficiency and Life Science Technologies.

Why do we have open-topic offerings for STEM subjects?

In accordance with its statute, the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung promotes science and research across the entire spectrum of STEM sciences.

In addition to funding in our three focus areas, we remain open to research approaches that are not related to a specific topic and that address new scientific, economic and social challenges, in accordance with the wishes of our founder Ernst Abbe.

It allows us to detect innovations and trends and specifically address the specific needs of individual partners in our three funding states.

Our Goals

With open-topic calls for application and the approval of projects outside our priority topics, we support

  • young scientists at various stages of their careers, e.g. in the programmes CZS Nexus, CZS German scholarships and CZS research boost
  • innovative research approaches or - in special individual cases - projects that tie in with the Foundation's more than 130-year funding tradition
  • the transmission of science and research results into practice and society through selected projects that pursue this purpose. Examples are the German Optical Museum (DOM) in Jena or the Einstein Discovery Center in Ulm.


Judith Hohendorff

Program Manager

Phone: +49 (0)711 - 162213 - 12


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Dr. Monika Schatz

Program Manager

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