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

The Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin (ECN) together with the Einstein Foundation Berlin recognize the importance of applying OIS principles and methods 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 inter- and transdisciplinary, innovative projects often face severe problems receiving financial support from established, traditional funding lines in their early stages, the ECN will grant neuroscientific projects, which apply OIS concepts, tools and methods in one or more stages of the entire scientific research process with the annual Open Innovation in Science Award (OIS Award). The OIS Award includes direct financial support of 5.000 EUR for selected OIS project ideas as well as expert training and coaching modules for further developing and implementing these projects.


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), BIH QUEST and SPARK-BIH.