NEULAND - THE INNOVATION CONTEST

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NEULAND - THE INNOVATION CONTEST

The innovation competition is aimed at KIT employees who can submit innovative ideas arising in the course of their research. It thus creates an incentive to reflect on one's own work with regard to innovative aspects and, at best, to be rewarded with a cash prize. The best ideas are also accompanied by our KIT innovation managers in order to find industrial partners and to generate projects.

CATEGORY IDEA AWARD

KIT is looking for ideas with the aim of bringing the best technologies and processes to the market as products or product components. All project outlines that aim at product-oriented transfer of an idea or a technology into the economy will be considered.

TRANSFER AWARD CATEGORY

Successful ideas that have been developed into transfer projects in cooperation with industrial partners are automatically entered for the Transfer Award. The award honors the most promising technology transfers of the past year with a cash prize.

Technologies that were transferred to an industrial partner for the first time in the past calendar year are nominated.

*Transfers via licensing or purchase agreements for industrial property rights or software are taken into account; sales or other transfers under R&D collaboration agreements or R&D contracts with third parties are not. Nominations are made automatically by the Innovation and Relationship Management (IRM) service unit.

Prizes

The prize winners are selected by an independent jury. The first three places are endowed with prizes of 3,000 Euros, 1,000 Euros and 500 Euros. The participants of the Innovation Competition can expect a grant for their project from KIT Innovation Fund.

Competition criteria

Project ideas must be based on know-how from KIT and aim at technology transfer.

KIT employees and doctoral students are eligible to participate.

Selection criteria for the award include creativity and level of innovation, market proximity and size and benefit to society.

Application period

The application period for the 2021 competition round has started. Would you like more information about the Innovation Competition? Then send us an e-mail to Rainer Koerber, rainer.körber@kit.edu. You can submit your documents until 31.03.2021.

Contact Person

Rainer Körber Ph.D.

Rainer Körber Ph.D.

Innovation Manager
Tel. +49 721 608-25587
E-Mail: rainer.koerber@kit.edu

Bewerbung NEULAND Innovationswettbewerb

You would like to apply with your idea and have the chance to win one of the promising cash prizes? Then apply now using the form below! Download, fill out and send by e-mail to Dr. Rainer Körber, rainer.koerber@kit.edu.

 

APPLICATION FORM IDEA PRIZE

 

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2022. If you have any questions, please email us at any time at Dr. Rainer Körber, rainer.körber@kit.edu.

 

We look forward to receiving your idea!

 

CONTEST JURY

The six-member jury with representatives from research and industry reviews the nominees of the NEULAND Innovation Competition and thus decides on the winners of the ideas competition and the special prize.

The basis for the evaluation of the innovation potential are factors such as the degree of innovation, the feasibility as well as the commercialization potential.

Andreas Burger, Head of Software Architecture and University Representative of ABB AG

Andreas Burger studied Computer Engineering at the University of Tübingen. Afterwards, he was a Research Assistant at the Research Center for Computer Science in the area of Intelligent Systems and Production Engineering and, in parallel, earned his doctorate at the Chair of Computer Engineering at University of Tübingen. Since 2019, he has been in charge of the Software Architecture group at ABB Research Center in Ladenburg and is responsible for bringing new software methods and architectures to ABB business units. In addition, he is ABB AG's University Representative for KIT.

Hansjuergen Horter, Senior Vice President Technology and Development at Pilz GmbH & Co. KG

Hansjuergen Horter has been with Pilz GmbH & Co. KG and is responsible for advance development, product development and software development across all sites. At Pilz, the broad product portfolio of safe automation includes sensors, control technology, drive technology, operating and visualisation systems, software and robotics. The prerequisite for successful products and systems is innovative technologies and solutions for the optimum benefit of the customer. Before joining Pilz, H. Horter worked for many years in research at the German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research as Head of Automation, Electronics, Smart Textiles / E-Textiles and Sound Technology. During this time he established the new research area Smart Textiles / E-Textiles. In addition, he was coordinator for the research field Textile 4.0, organized and led working groups as well as scientific advisory boards.

Rudolf Maier, Ph.D., Bosch Management Support GmbH

Rudolf Maier spent 28 years at Robert Bosch GmbH in the areas of Development and Business Development, including seven years as Divisional Board Member for Diesel Systems and five years as Spokesman for the Board of Management of Bosch Automotive Diesel Systems Co., Ltd. in China. During this time, he was mainly involved in gas and diesel injection, exhaust gas aftertreatment, sensor technology and electrification of the powertrain for passenger cars and commercial vehicles as well as large engines. Today, he works for Bosch in an advisory capacity, including on the board of the Research Association for Combustion Engines FVV, on several supervisory boards in Germany and abroad and as University Representative for KIT.

Rudolf Simon, Ph.D., Technology Manager Batteries, Advanced Technology Facilities, M+W Group

Rudolf Simon studied Mechanical Engineering and earned his doctorate at KIT. He has been with M+W since 1983 and served as Head of Innovation, Strategic Business Development and Managing Director at Jenoptik. He is one of the pioneers of Class 1 clean rooms for semiconductor fabs. Since 2008, he has been working on fab concepts for high volume production of lithium ion batteries. M+W Group is an international equipment manufacturer for high-tech fabs. Simon is always interested in the social benefits of innovations.

Egbert Wege, Innovation Leader Deloitte Consulting GmbH

Egbert Wege is Innovation Leader at Deloitte Consulting in Europe and also responsible for the Offering Portfolio Customer & Marketing at Deloitte Consulting in Germany as a leading partner. Mr. Wege, who studied economics at Georg-August-University in Göttingen, has more than 20 years of consulting experience in leading projects in the retail and consumer business. Among other things, he was responsible for the strategy consulting brand Monitor Deloitte and within this role also for the areas of retail as well as digital. His expertise covers - besides retail and consumer business industries - also eCommerce and digitalization, multichannel, risk management, venture capital as well as market entry and growth strategies. In addition to his extensive consulting expertise, Mr. Wege has also held various management positions in the retail industry. For example, as CEO of EOS Information Services GmbH, a subsidiary of the Otto Group in Hamburg. Egbert Wege is Member of the Supervisory Board of "Minodes", a retail analysis company, and was Member of the Investment Board of a leading retail VC fund. Furthermore, he is co-founder of the digital lab "Spielfeld".

Axel Weisheit, Director Corporate Customers at BW-Bank Baden-Wuerttembergische Bank.

Axel Weisheit has been working in the banking business in HR, Risk and Sales units since 1998 as well as a Director in the Corporate Customer Business of LBBW/BW Bank since 2002. For him, technological change via innovations is the basis of future prosperity and determines the competitiveness of companies. BW-Bank has close ties with KIT (house bank, foundation member, joint projects such as KIC Inno Energy) and is happy to support KIT in the transfer of knowledge to the economy, especially to SMEs.

THE 2021 AWARD WINNERS

On June 30, 2021, the winners of this year's NEULAND Innovation Contest were honored by Vice President Prof. Thomas Hirth. Congratulations to all winners!

Prof. Ute Schepers accepts the award for the best product idea. The award is presented by Jil Hammerschmidt, representative of Deloitte. (Picture: Magali Hauser / KIT)

 

CATEGORY IDEA PRIZE


1st prize
"LONGCOVIDMA"
by Prof. Dr. Ute Schepers, Dr. Nicole Jung, Prof. Dr. Pavel Levkin, Prof. Dr. Stefan Bräse, Dr. Claudine Herlan, Dr. Anke Deckers, Dr. Anna Popova
Institute for Biological and Chemical Systems - Functional Molecular Systems, Institute for Functional Interfaces

2nd prize
"Catavis - Rethink Chemistry"

by Patrick Bitterwolf, Sandra Kröll, Dr. Ahmed Zoheir, Prof. Dr. Christof Niemeyer, Dr. Kersten Rabe
Institute for Biological Interfaces 1 - Biomolecular Micro- and Nanostructures

3rd prize
"POMCAT"

by Dr. Masooma Ibrahim, Prof. Pedro de Oliveira
Institute for Nanotechnology (INT)

Prof. Pavel Levkin receives the award for the best transfer project from Dr. Rudolf Maier (representative of Robert Bosch GmbH). (Picture: Magali Hauser / KIT)

 

CATEGORY TRANSFER PRICE


1st prize
"Aquarray" 

by Prof. Dr. Stefan Bräse, Prof. Dr. Pavel Levkin
Institute for Biological and Chemical Systems, company partner: Aquarray GmbH

2nd prize
"RE3ASON" 

by Prof. Dr. Wolf Fichtner, Dr. Kai Mainzer
Institute of Industrial Management and Industrial Production, company partner: greenventory GmbH

3rd prize
"NukPlaRStoR"

by Prof. Dr. Frank Schultmann, Dr.-Ing. Rebekka Volk, M.Sc. Marco Gehring
Institute of Industrial Management and Industrial Production, company partner: RODIAS GmbH

Award winners 2020

On December 2, 2020, the winners of this year's NEULAND Innovation Contest were honored by Vice President Prof. Thomas Hirth. Congratulations to all winners!

 

CATEGORY IDEA PRIZE

Guido Link, Ph.D. (2nd from left), Nanya Li, Ph.D. (4th from left), and Prof. John Jelonnek (2nd from right) win first place in the Idea Award category of the Innovation Contest 2020 with their idea "SERPENS" (Picture: Markus Breig / KIT)

 

1st prize

"SERPENS" (Super Efficient and Rapid Printing by Electromagnetic-heating Necessitated System)

by Nanya Li, Ph.D., Guido Link, Ph.D. and Prof. John Jelonnek

Institute for High Power Pulse and Microwave Technology (IHM)

2nd prize

"STOKES": Freely programmable lab-on-a-chip"

by M.Sc. Philipp Marthaler and Prof. Andreas Class

Institute for Thermal Energy Technology (ITES)

3rd prize

"Detection of neurotransmitters in biologically relevant media using fluorescent zeolite-based receptors"

by Frank Biedermann, Ph.D., Stephan Sinn, Ph.D. and Laura Grimm

Institute for Nanotechnology (INT)

CATEGORY TRANSFER PRICE

Michael Heidinger, Ph.D. (2nd from right) prevails over his competitors in the Transfer Prize category with his idea "Homogeneous Varnish Curing by Means of UV LED Array" and wins first place (Picture: Markus Breig / KIT)

 

1st prize

"Homogeneous coating curing by means of a UV LED array".

by Michael Heidinger, Ph.D., Rainer Kling, Ph.D., and Prof. Uli Lemmer

Light Technology Institute (LTI)

2nd prize

"Pyrolysis process and plant technology for feedstock recycling of mixed plastic waste"

by Dipl.-Ing. Hans Leibold and Prof. Dieter Stapf

Institute for Technical Chemistry (ITC)

3rd prize

"Multisensory person localization inside and outside buildings".

by Nikolai Kronenwett, Ph.D., Prof. Gert F. Trommer and Prof. Sören Hohmann

Institute for Regulation and Control Systems (IRS)

Award winners 2019

Award winners and jury members of the Innovation Competition 2019. (Picture: Robert Fuge / KIT)

The winners of the Ideas Award and Transfer Award were awarded by Professor Thomas Hirth at NEULAND Innovation Day on July 10, 2019. Congratulations to all winners!

 

 

CATEGORY IDEA PRIZE

1st prize

"Novel, automated process for continuous stack formation optimizes manufacturing for lithium-ion battery cells"

by Hannes Wilhelm Weinmann

wbk - Institute for Production Technology

2nd prize

"3D printable, flexible and stretchable, highly conductive elastomers for sensing and wiring"

by Hongye Sun, Ph.D., Prof. Norbert Willenbacher, Zongyou Han and Rami Ben Ammar

Institute for Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics (MVM)

3rd prize

"Development of a high-throughput synthesis, characterization and screening platform based on bioinspired droplet arrays"

by Maximilian Benz

Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (ITG)

 

CATEGORY TRANSFER PRIZE

1st prize

"Glassomer - processing glass like a plastic"

by Prof. Bastian Rapp, Dorothea Helmer, Ph.D., and Frederik Kotz, Ph.D.

Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT)

2nd prize

"Conversion of street lighting in the municipality of Maxdorf to MidPower LEDs to demonstrate a new parallel connection method for LEDs"

by Michael Heidinger

Light Technology Institute (LTI)

3rd prize

"High-temperature superconductor CrossConductor - a basic element for energy-efficient DC high-current cables"

by Walter Fietz, Ph.D, and Michael Wolf, Ph.D.

Institute of Technical Physics (ITEP)

Award winners 2018

The winners and jury members of NEULAND Innovation Competition 2018.

The winners of the Ideas Award and the Special Award were presented with their prizes by Professor Thomas Hirth at NEULAND Innovation Day during the evening event on June 27, 2018. Congratulations to all award winners!

 

CATEGORY IDEA PRIZE

1st prize

"Flexible, automated joining of lightweight profiles using innovative fiber winding technology"

by Prof. Juergen Fleischer and Marius Dackweiler

wbk - Institute for Production Technology

2nd prize

"Routine Early Detection / Diagnosis of Tumor (REDDOT) - Ultra early detection of cancer using infrared tracers and low-cost IR detectors for everyone".

by Prof. Stefan Braese, Jasmin Busch, Fabian Hundemer, Daniel Knoll, Prof. Ute Schepers and Eduard Spuling

Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC) and Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (ITG)

3rd prize

"Physical-mechanical removal of cancer cells from blood and simultaneous targeting of cancer cells with drugs"

by Taleieh Rajabi, Ph.D., and Sahba Sadir, Ph.D.

Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT) and Institute for Micro Process Technology (IMVT)

 

CATEGORY SPECIAL PRIZE

1st prize

"3D USCT for multi-center study in China"

by Prof. Marc Weber, Prof. Hartmut Gemmeke, Nicole Ruiter, Ph.D., Torsten Hopp, Ph.D., and Michael Zapf

Institute for Process Data Processing and Electronics (IPE)

2nd prize

"Next Generation of Phased Array Sensors for DUO2"

by Prof. Marc Weber, Matthias Balzer and Alexander Menshikov

Institute for Process Data Processing and Electronics (IPE)

3rd prize

"Affordable odor analysis for solving everyday tasks"

by Prof. Jan Korvink and Martin Sommer, Ph.D.

Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT)

 

Award winners 2017

The winners of the Innovation Competition at NEULAND Innovation Day.

The Innovation Awards 2017 were presented by Professor Thomas Hirth and Jens Fahrenberg, Ph.D., at NEULAND Innovation Day during the evening event on June 28, 2017. Congratulations to all award winners!

 

 

CATEGORY IDEA PRIZE

1st prize

"KARIS PRO - Automated yet flexible: swarm robots for transporting different goods"

by Andreas Trenkle, Patric Hopfgarten

Institute for Materials Handling and Logistics Systems (IFL)

www.karispro.de

2nd prize

"Saliva sensor chip for early diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction"

by Prof. Andreas E. Guber, Taleieh Rajabi, Ph.D., Sahba Sadir, Ph.D.

Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT)

3rd prize

"Black Diamond Nanolayers - Ultra-high rate deposition of jet-black, superhard, superelastic, extremely low-friction, multifunctional nanolaminates with diamond-like proximate order"

By Sven Ulrich, Ph.D.

Institute for Applied Materials - Applied Materials Physics (IAM - AWP)

 

CATEGORY SPECIAL PRIZE

1st prize

"Mini Radar - Miniaturized Millimeter Wave Radar Sensors"

by Prof. Thomas Zwick, Mario Pauli, Ph.D., Ben Göttel, Stefan Beer

Institute for High Frequency Technology and Electronics (IHE)

Silicon Radar GmbH

2nd prize

"3D printing of chip-level photonic devices"

by Prof. Christian Koos

Institute for Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ)

Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Vanguard Photonics GmbH

3rd prize

"Compact power-to-liquid technology for decentralized production of renewable synthetic fuels"

by Prof. Roland Dittmeyer, Prof. Peter Pfeifer

Institute for Micro Process Technology (IMVT)

INERATEC GmbH

 

Award winners 2016

The award winners at KIT Venture Fest 2016.

The Innovation Awards 2016 were presented by Professor Thomas Hirth and Jens Fahrenberg, Ph.D., at KIT Venture Fest on June 29, 2016.

 

CATEGORY IDEA PRIZE

1st prize

"Anti-MRSA agents"

by Prof. Ute Schepers, Prof. Stefan Braese, Bettina Fleck

Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (ITG)

2nd prize

"With light against cancer"

by Prof. Ute Schepers, Prof. Claus Feldmann, Carmen Seidl and Eva Zittel

Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (ITG)

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (AOC)

3rd prize

"Simultaneous homogenization and mixing (SHM) in milk processing".

by Prof. Heike P. Schuchmann and Marc Schlender, Ph.D.

Institute of Bio- and Food Technology - Food Process Engineering (LVT)

 

CATEGORY SPECIAL PRIZE

1st prize

"Catalytic epimerization and polymerization of functionalized carbohydrates"

by Juergen J. Brandner, Ph.D. and Berta Spasova, Ph.D.

Institute for Micro Process Engineering (IMVT)

2nd prize

"NUBERISIM - Where the currents flow quietly"

by Iris Pantle, Ph.D., Balazs Pritz, Ph.D. and Carlos Falquez

www.nuberisim.de

3rd prize

"Photonic markers for anti-counterfeiting solutions and plastic sorting"

by Prof. Bryce Richards, Ian Howard, Ph.D. and Andrey Turshatov, Ph.D.

Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Award winners 2015

The 2015 Innovation Awards were presented by Professor Hanselka at KIT Annual Celebration on April 23, 2015.

 

CATEGORY IDEA PRIZE

1st prize

"Novel slot die technology for coating lithium-ion batteries"

by Prof. Wilhelm Schabel, Philip Scharfer, Ph.D., Marcel Schmitt and Ralf Diehm

Institute for Thermal Process Engineering (TVT)

Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT)

2nd prize

"Reduction of drug admixtures in animal breeding".

by Prof. Roland Dittmeyer, Juergen J. Brandner, Ph.D. and Berta Spasova, Ph.D.

Institute for Micro Process Engineering (IMVT)

3rd prize

"Microfluidic system for the treatment of vascular stenoses"

by Prof. Andreas E. Guber, Taleieh Rajabi, Ph.D. and Ralf Ahrens, Ph.D.

Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT)

 

CATEGORY SPECIAL PRIZE

1st prize

"Superconductors for power engineering"

by Prof. Bernhard Holzapfel, Alexandra Jung, Ph.D. and Manuela Erbe, Ph.D.

Institute of Technical Physics (ITEP)

2nd prize

"SIMONA"

by Prof. Horst Hahn, Prof. Wolfgang Wenzel and Denis Danilov, Ph.D.

Institute for Nanotechnology (INT)

3rd prize

"Traveling Cooling Zone Chromatography"

by Prof. Christof Woell and Prof. Matthias Franzreb

Institute for Functional Interfaces (IFG)

Award winners 2014

The 2014 Innovation Awards were presented by Professor Hanselka at KIT Annual Reception for Industry on March 20, 2014.

 

CATEGORY IDEA PRIZE

1st prize

"Early detection of malignant melanoma"

by Ute Schepers, Ph.D. and Prof. Stefan Braese

Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (ITG)

2nd prize

"Organic thermoelectric generators - Generating electricity from heat"

by Prof. Uli Lemmer, André Gall, Siegfried Kettlitz and Frederick Lessmann

Light Technology Institute (LTI)

3rd prize

"Nanofelt for cleaning oil spills".

by Michael Roehrig, Ph.D., Hendrik Hoelscher, Ph.D., Matthias Worgull, Ph.D. and Andreas Hopf

Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT)

 

CATEGORY SPECIAL PRIZE

1st prize

"Development of a flow sensor for cryotechnical applications"

by Prof. Steffen Grohmann, Andreas Janzen and Andreas Ebersoldt

Institute for Technical Thermodynamics and Refrigeration (TTK)

Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITP)

Institute for Process Data Processing and Electronics (IPE)

2nd prize

"Foil-based test systems for 3D cell culture and small organisms"

by Prof. Christof Niemeyer, Eric Gottwald, Ph.D. and Stefan Gieselbrecht, Ph.D.

Institute for Biological Interfaces (IBG)

3rd prize

"Catalytic epimerization using microstructure apparatuses"

by Prof. Dittmeyer, Juergen Brandner, Ph.D. and Stefan Maikowske, Ph.D.

Institute for Micro Process Engineering (IMVT)

Award winners 2013

At NEULAND Innovation Competition in 2013, a total of six ideas and transfer projects were awarded in two categories.

 

CATEGORY IDEA PRIZE

1st prize

"Porous materials"

by Prof. Norbert Willenbacher and Jens Dittmann

Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics (MVM)

2nd prize

"Mass flow sensor"

by Prof. Steffen Grohmann

Institute of Technical Thermodynamics and Refrigeration (TTK)

Institute for Technical Physics (ITEP)

3rd prize

"Electrode paste for Li-ion batteries".

by Prof. Norbert Willenbacher and Boris Bitsch

Institute for Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics (MVM)

 

CATEGORY SPECIAL PRIZE

1st prize

"NPA/LIBD"

by Prof. Horst Geckeis, Prof. Clemens Walther, Wolfgang Hause, Ph.D., Sebastian Buechner, Ph.D. and Robert Goetz

Institute for Nuclear Waste Management (INE)

Cooperation partner: Cordouan Technologies

2nd prize

"AngioPep"

by Prof. Uwe Straehle and Veronique Orian-Rousseau, Ph.D.

Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (ITG)

Cooperation partner: amcure GmbH

3rd prize

"KALIBIO"

Institute for Technical Chemistry (ITC)

Cooperation partner: VITROCELL Systems GmbH

Further information about the project can be found on the page funded projects.

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