Project call 2021

2021 Helmholtz AI project call - In Review Process

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At the core of the Helmholtz AI mission is fostering cross-field creativity by stimulating collaborative research projects in applied machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). Therefore, the annual Helmholtz AI project call, funded by the Helmholtz Association's Initiative and Networking Fund (INF), aims to support this goal. We hope that these project calls help you develop enriching partnerships and exciting new project ideas. In case of any questions please contact

Key aspects

  • Objective: Helmholtz AI projects aim to enable research that addresses cross-center ML/AI challenges and methods; they should be seed-like, collaborative and have the potential to quickly generate larger follow-up projects; solutions should be co-developed with potential users; practical implementation with external partners (e.g. academic, non-profit or companies) is encouraged.
  • Duration of funding: Projects must be completed within a maximum of three years. That's why we are explicitly calling for ‘high risk, high gain’ and value learning from (fast) failure over incremental advances.
  • Scale of funding: Applicants may request up to €200k from the funding line, which has to be matched by the participating centers with the same amount of money or more (≥€200k), in line with INF guidelines.
  • Eligibility: All Helmholtz researchers are eligible for funding; at least two Helmholtz centers must apply jointly.
  • Submission: All applications must be submitted through the dedicated submission portal:
  • Deadline: The deadline for applications was 1 December 2021 (end of day, CET)
  • Review: After a swift external review process, we aim for funding decisions by the end of Q1 2022.

Information Events

There will be two information events about the Helmholtz AI project call 2021. 

When?      12 October & 02 November 2021, 10 - 11 am CEST

Where?     Online

The registration period for both events will begin on September 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. (CEST).

Register for the 12 October and 02 November information events.