The NEULAND innovation competition

Apply for the NEULAND - Innovation Competition of KIT! KIT calls on its scientists to submit their ideas as project outlines.

Category Idea Contest

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



Project winners are selected by an independent jury and receive a prize of 3,000 euros. Participants in the NEULAND innovation competition have the prospect of receiving funding for their project from the KIT-Innovations Fund.

Competition criteria

  • Project ideas must be based on KIT know-how and aim at technology transfer
  • Employees and PhD students of KIT are eligible to participate
  • Selection criteria for the award include benefits for society, creativity and level of innovation, market proximity and size

Application deadline

The application period for the 2020 competition round has started. The application deadline is 31 March 2020.

Further information is available at


Download: Application form (PDF format, in German only)




Category Transfer Award

The NEULAND Transfer Award is conferred on the most promosing technology of the past year. The technologies nominated are those that were passed on to an industrial partner for the first time in the past calender year.*

Winners of the Transfer Award will receive a bonus of 3,000 euros.

*Transfer via licence or purchase agreements to industrial property rights or software are considered, sales or other transfers within the framework of contracts for R&D cooperation or R&D orders with third parties are not. Nominations are made automatically by the Innovation Management service unit.

Further information on the competition, the jury and the winners in past years can be found on our website