Helmholtz Imaging Platform Projects

HIP Project Call 2020

The first annual Call for Proposals for HIP Projects is now published (see also Funding for innovative approaches to imaging).

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.


We hope to receive many creative applications. Please feel free to use the short pitches from the HIP Kickoff Meeting as a stimulus for collaborations.