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2020 Helmholtz AI project call now open! Check it out

One essential component of our model is to initiate cross-cutting research collaborations and identify forward-looking research topics in applied ML and AI. That is why we will provide competitive funding to address mid and long-term questions in the form of annual calls for Helmholtz AI projects. They underpin the growth and strength of our network within and beyond the Helmholtz Association.


  • Exploit machine learning/AI methods in applicants’ research field
  • Foster interaction and method transfer between application and research fields


  • Collaborative: > two centers, balanced (one leads/coordinates)
  • Eligibility: all researchers in Helmholtz Association
  • Budget: €400k (€200k from INF, €200k matched)
  • Duration: 2-3 years
  • Limitation: no data collection/validation
  • High-risk/high-gain and novel ideas encouraged

Submit a Helmholtz AI project proposal

See the selected 2019 Helmholtz AI projects



Helmholtz AI is not only a platform for scientists doing their own research; it also provides AI tools and support to researchers across Helmholtz centers. For smaller projects, feasibility studies, etc. with runtimes up to 6 months, Helmholtz AI consultant teams can provide additional AI engineering and software support. These small projects are managed via a fast-reviewed, easily accessible voucher system.


  • Ensure minimal bureaucracy, short term collaborations and support with respect to AI tools
  • Improve quality, scalability and availability of emerging AI/ML methods
  • Provide openly available data science resources


  • Short- to mid-term scientific collaboration (1 weeks - 6 months) / Training / enablement
  • Provided by Helmholtz AI consultants: method specialists with domain expertise
  • Aimed at all researchers in Helmholtz Association
  • Free of charge for scientists
  • ProcessExploration voucher: initial consultation (feasibility) / Realisation voucher: application (capability and capacity)

Submit a voucher proposal

How does the Helmholtz AI voucher system work?