Funding & Financing

EXIST Transfer of Research

EXIST Transfer of Research supports particularly research-intensive projects in two funding phases of 18 months each on the way to founding and further developing a company. In the first phase, up to 250,000 euros and a maximum of four additional staff positions as well as infrastructure and supporting coaching services are provided. Applications are always possible on 31.1. or 31.7. of a year (deadlines).

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Who is being funded?

  • Research teams at the university with ...
    • up to 3 scientists and technical assistants
    • one person with business management competence

What is being funded?

  • Research results with the potential to be the basis and goal of an innovative startup. In concrete terms, funding is provided for:
    • Funding is provided both for development work to prove the technical feasibility
    • Development of prototypes
    • Elaboration of a business plan, with the aim of setting up a company

How is support provided?

  • Monetary support:
    • Payroll costs for a maximum of 4 staff positions (orientation to TV-L)
    • Material expenses and costs for student assistants up to a total of 250,000 euros
  • Infrastructure: Free use of laboratory space at the university and, if required, free office space in the Startup-Inkubator Mitte or Adlershof
  • Know-How: Free coaching and consulting by the start-up service, EXIST seminar "Founder Team" as well as integration into the start-up ecosystem of the Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Duration of scheme: Up to 18 months

How to apply??

  • Please arrange a non-binding initial consultation appointment with us. Together we can define the next steps on the way to a successful application.

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Katharina Heinrich
+49 30 2093 70765