Published on 02.05.2024

Helmholtz Imaging Projects Call 2024 Open

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The new call for Helmholtz Imaging Projects is open! Submit your proposal by July 30, 2024 to receive funding for your collaborative, cross-disciplinary research project at the intersection of imaging and information & data science. Starting June 1, 2024, project proposals can be submitted via our project portal.

Join our virtual information meeting on May 23, and our matchmaking opportunities on Mattermost and at our Helmholtz Imaging Conference on 14-15 May in Heidelberg. Pitch your imaging challenge at our new conference session format “Bring your Own Imaging Challenge”, discuss it with our imaging community, and find a potential collaboration partner. Submit your challenge to with “BYOIC” as the subject.


The objective of this call for Helmholtz Imaging Projects is to initiate and facilitate activities that address challenges and methods across research fields and centers; special emphasis for Helmholtz Imaging 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, Helmholtz Imaging will provide seed funding for new ideas and aims at collaborative projects with the potential to facilitate collaborations in a larger context.


Helmholtz Imaging Project combines two characteristic goals:

  • to promote imaging science by innovative approaches in information & data science and synergies across imaging modalities and applications, and
  • to foster cross-disciplinary research interaction and method transfer between applications and research fields (across Helmholtz research fields) and sectors (with industry or other partners).

Helmholtz Imaging projects are co-created and developed with users from other research areas and/or non-academic partners (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, Helmholtz Imaging Projects explicitly call for ‘high risk, high gain’ project proposals. Cooperations with highly qualified partners outside the Helmholtz Association are encouraged, not least to substantiate the transfer part of the project.

Contrary to other grant programs, Helmholtz Imaging, together with the community, offers its projects a rich portfolio of services in addition to financial support:

  • Each project accepted for funding can receive scientific and/or technical advice and benefit from the expertise of the Helmholtz Imaging Support and Research Units.
  • The scientific results and software tools obtained in the Helmholtz Imaging projects and in collaborations within the Helmholtz Imaging network will be made available as open-source Helmholtz Imaging Solutions and sustainability for their dissemination and reusability will be supported, e.g. regarding enabling application in other domains and transfer to industry and society.
  • There is the opportunity to access and employ computing resources of HAICORE.

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We have compiled all the information you need to prepare your proposal including projects call text and templates in this folder.

Information meeting

Join us on Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 10-11:30am (CEST) to learn more about the call, the application process, and ask any question you may have. To see the agenda and register, visit


… on Mattermost
If you are looking for project partners or would like to exchange project ideas, join our “Helmholtz Imaging Project Pitch” channel on Mattermost.

… at our Helmholtz Imaging Conference
Join our conference on 14-15 May in Heidelberg to connect and exchange ideas with like-minded peers, or to find a project partner! Register and / or submit a poster proposal by May 3, 2024. Are you currently facing an imaging challenge and would like the input by the imaging community? Why not present your challenge in a collaborative discussion as part of our new session format “Bring your Own Imaging Challenge? Submit your challenge to with “BYOIC” as the subject.


Any questions you may have can be directed to:

Projects resulting from this call will be funded by the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund.