Since the funding programme began two years ago, twelve projects have been approved.
In the latest round of applications, external experts selected three more projects on the basis of independent reports: a new diagnostic procedure, intelligent software for the latest generation of robots, and an innovative road signalling control system that influences traffic flow.
The Helmholtz Association believes these three research areas have huge potential for achieving successful commercial application and making a significant contribution to society.
The Helmholtz Validation Fund aims to bridge gaps between scientific findings and their commercial applications, and between public research and private investment. “The selected projects are based on interesting new technologies in the fields of health, robotics and traffic control, which are all highly relevant areas for the future of society,” said Rolf Zettl, Managing Director of the Helmholtz Association. “We are convinced that, with the aid of the Validation Fund, these approaches will soon be generating a lot of interest in industry.”The road to market readiness
The Helmholtz Association is designating around €2 million from its Validation Fund to the promotion of the three research projects LIVEcheck, RACE-LAB and VITAL in a funding programme that will last two years. The projects will receive a further €2 million in joint funding from the German Aerospace Center and Forschungszentrum Jülich.
The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges facing society, science and the economy with top scientific achievements in six research fields: Energy; Earth and Environment; Health; Key Technologies; Structure of Matter; and Aeronautics, Space and Transport. With almost 36,000 employees in 18 research centres and an annual budget of approximately €3.8 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation. Its work follows in the tradition of the great natural scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894).
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