Open Innovation in Science Award of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin


Innovation and science have a high priority in Germany. Sharing knowledge, opening up to the ideas of others, working together to drive innovation - this is what Open Innovation describes, but Open Innovation has also found its way into science. Some of the objectives are to make research more transparent and improve the quality of scientific work.

Therefore, the Einstein Center for Neuroscience Berlin (ECN) has set the goal of strengthening the field of Open Innovation in Science (OIS) in the neurosciences. 


Talk Marion Poetz 2019 / Open Innovation in Science

Together with the Einstein Foundation Berlin, we recognize the importance of applying OIS principles, methods and tools for the progression of scientific research as well as for the optimal translation of scientific discoveries into impact that tackles current and future societal challenges.

Since innovative inter- and transdisciplinary projects in their early stages often face problems receiving financial support from established funding lines, the ECN will grant neuroscientific research projects that convincingly demonstrate why and how they will apply OIS approaches in one or more stages of the research process with the annual ECN Open Innovation in Science Award (OIS Award).

The OIS Award includes direct financial support of 15.000 EUR for selected OIS project ideas as well as expert training and coaching for further developing and implementing them.

By doing so, the ECN

  • creates an OIS playground that contributes to strengthening neuroscientists’ capabilities for applying open and collaborative practices in their research and innovation activities, and
  • incubates OIS projects in the field of neuroscience.

The OIS Award is implemented in collaboration with the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft’s Open Innovation in Science Center (LBG OIS Center), the International Graduate Program Medical Neuroscience (MedNeuro), BIH QUEST,  SPARK-BIH, and Flying Health.


The call (2022) for applications is now online!
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Application Closing Date: July 29, 2022



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