Helmholtz Imaging Platform Projects

HIP Project Call 2020


The first call for HIP projects closed successfully on September 11 with 25 submissions!

25 project proposals have been submitted in response to the first call for HIP interdisciplinary collaborative research projects in Imaging Science. This call, which was opened in mid-July 2020 and is funded by the Helmholtz Association's Initiative and Networking Fund (INF), offers up to 400k€ for imaging projects that pursue innovative approaches in information & data science and strengthen synergies across imaging modalities and applications.

The focus is on promoting interdisciplinary research interaction and method transfer between applications and research fields. "For this reason, we are particularly pleased that all Helmholtz core research fields are represented and that more than 17 different Helmholtz locations are involved in the applications" says Professor Christian Schroer, Lead Scientist at DESY and co-initiator of HIP.

The projects will be completed within a maximum of three years and have the potential for first impactful results at the end of the first funding year. After careful evaluation by an external committee of experts, the funds for the successful proposals will probably be allocated until the end of 2020. 

More information and updates will be posted here.


The projects are based on the general concept for HIP and are in line with the future topics of the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund (INF) (for further information see Initiative and Networking Fund).

HIP Projects are granted to cross-disciplinary research teams to promote imaging science. They initiate cross-cutting research collaborations and identify innovative research topics at the intersection of imaging and information & data science.

  • Objective: Initiate and facilitate activities that address challenges and methods across research fields and centres; special emphasis for HIP Projects is laid on developing innovative approaches, which tackle imaging problems. Such projects often are characterized by higher risk, and will therefore have demonstration character. Thus, HIP will provide seed funding for new ideas and aims at collaborative projects with the potential to facilitate collaboration in a larger context.
  • Goals: HIP Projects combine two characteristic goals:
    1. promote imaging science by innovative approaches in information & data science and synergies across imaging modalities and applications, and
    2. foster cross-disciplinary research interaction and method transfer between applications and research fields (across Helmholtz Research Fields).

      Ideally, HIP projects are co-created and iteratively developed with users and non-academic stakeholders (e.g. industry, NGOs or civil society) to ensure the quick adoption of results by a “customer”.
      In order to allow for vigorous exploration of new approaches and to encourage disruptive ideas, HIP Projects explicitly call for ‘high risk, high gain’ project proposals.
  • Funding: HIP Projects can apply for a volume of up to € 400 000. Half of the financial volume and at most € 200 000 will be funded by the INF.
  • Duration: Maximum running time for HIP Projects is 3 years.
  • Eligibility: HIP Projects shall combine substantial and reasonably balanced contributions from scientists from at least two Helmholtz centres and two Helmholtz Research Fields.
  • Schedule:
    • Application Deadline: 11 September 2020 (end of the day CET),
    • Review: Proposals will be swiftly evaluated by a panel of independent external experts (no presentation),
    • Starting of HIP Project: From November/December 2020,
    • First impactful results are expected by end 2021, i.e. one year after the funding starts.
  • Full text: The full text of the Call and the related Project Proposal Template can be downloaded at Funding for innovative approaches to imaging.
  • Submission: HIP Project Proposals can be submitted via the Project Proposal Portal.


HIP Project Exchange Market Place

The Call for Tender for HIP Projects triggered the search for suitable project partners among some potential applicants to implement their project ideas. You may recall that the participation of at least two Helmholtz Centres and one “Customer” is a mandatory requirement for the proposal.

To support all of you who think about submitting a project proposal the Helmholtz Federated IT Service Platform HIFIS implemented a Project Exchange Market Place.