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Apply to the BIH Digital Health Accelerator program 2022 to receive support in building your innovative digital health solution and bringing it to the healthcare system and medical application.

Application deadline is Monday, 1 November 2021 at 12 noon (CET).

Program Overview

Deadline overview

  • Application deadline: 1 November 2021 at 12 noon (CET)
  • Selection process: November 2021
  • Development of project plans (milestone plans, budgets): December 2021
  • Preparatory courses: Mid-January 2022
  • Program start: Late January 2022
  • Demo Day: May 2022
  • Program completion (DHA Stage 1): June 2022
  • Program start (DHA Stage 2) for selected project teams: July/August 2022

Target Group

Eligible to apply are all employees of Charité including BIH from clinical, research and administrative departments, independent of their specialties and positions, e.g., clinicians, doctoral students, laboratory staff, midwives, nursing staff, post-docs, scientists, social workers, with in-house projects as well as with collaboration projects with other research/clinical institutions and the aim of joint development. Registered companies are not eligible to apply.

BIH promotes equality and therefore especially encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Program Objective

The objective of the Digital Health Accelerator program is to support digital health innovators and teams in terms of product development and transfer to the healthcare system or medical application to benefit of patients and society.

Program Elements

  • Structured program along an iterative solution development process
  • Funding for services and investments:
    • DHA Stage 1: Up to approx. 150 TEUR per project
    • DHA Stage 2: Up to approx. 500 TEUR per project per year
  • Protected time off from clinical obligations for key project work
  • Expert mentoring by international subject matter experts
  • Access to innovation community of fellow digital health innovators of Charité including BIH
  • Access to talent network if needed for team completion
  • Access to commercialization partners and investors (industry, venture capital)
  • Dedicated BIH Digital Labs co-working space in close proximity to Charité Campus Mitte.

Program Structure

The BIH Digital Health Accelerator program is structured into two stages.

DHA Phase 1: Prototype (January 2022 - June 2022)

Funded project teams validate the targeted medical need and iteratively develop Digital Health prototypes (wireframe, proof-of-technology, proof-of-concept, etc.) from their ideas and concepts. Accompanying analyses and development include technology/data, competition, IP, regulatory and reimbursement, business models, market potential (monetary and non-monetary/societal benefits), and legal aspects.

At the conclusion of the program stage, the teams present their innovations to an interdisciplinary audience of researchers, clinicians, other healthcare system stakeholders and policy makers, industry representatives and investors at a Demo Day in May 2022.

DHA Phase 2: Product (July/August 2022 - project-specific goal of up to 24+ months)

Project teams selected for DHA Stage 2 (Product) develop digital health technologies and solutions and prepare their launch. The goal of this phase is the transfer to healthcare system or medical application, e.g., by licensing, industry collaboration or spin-off company formation.

In the case of an intended start-up formation, the development of strategy, business model and the spin-off company, as well as launch preparation, including preparation for the acquisition of follow-up funding, take place in parallel.

Depending on the progress of a funded development project along a milestone-based project plan, the program concludes either with the termination of funding if the project goals cannot be achieved, or with successful translation to healthcare system or medical application.

Application Process and Deadlines

There is a three-stage selection process for the BIH Digital Health Accelerator Program 2022 (Stage 1: Prototype):

Step 1: Written application

  • Complete the application materials (signature page, application form, optional request for Protected Time off from clinic). Note: In cases where the applicant is not the PI, the workgroup leader or cost center owner (Kostenstelleninhaber*in) also needs to sign
  • Submit application materials by the deadline via email to: bih-dha-2022@bih-charite.de
  • Application deadline: Monday, 1 November 2021 at 12 noon (CET)

Step 2: Project Deep Dive with interdisciplinary experts

  • Based on the application documents, selected projects will be invited to a Project Deep Dive in the form of a discussion (no slide presentation) with an interdisciplinary group of experts
  • At least one team member is required to participate
  • Main topics are: Medical need, technology, evidence/data, IP.
  • Date: 16-18 November 2021 (to be confirmed)

Step 3: Pitch Day with external selection committee

  • Selected projects will be invited to give a presentation to pitch their projects to a selection committee of external experts and answer questions (Q&A).
  • At least one team member is required to attend.
  • Selection criteria include but are not limited to:
    • Team: Profiles and relevant expertise
    • Product: Medical need, innovativeness of the solution, technology, evidence/data, IP situation, project maturity, and development path
    • Market: Competitive situation, impact potential (monetary and non-monetary/societal)
  • Date: 30 November 2021 (to be confirmed)

The selection process for DHA Phase 2 (product) of this cohort will take place at the end of DHA Stage 1.

What Program Participants Say

Frequently Asked Questions

Überblick ausgewählter BIH-Förderinstrumente zur Unterstützung medizinischer Translation

Zwei der Bereiche des BIH zur Unterstützung der medizinischen Translation sind die BIH Biomedical Innovation Academy (BIA) und Charité BIH Innovation (CBI).

Die BIH Biomedical Innovation Academy (BIA) rückt Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen in den Fokus und agiert als Think Tank für strategische Personalentwicklung in der Biomedizin und für neue Modelle der akademischen Innovation. Durch frühes Scouting von herausragenden Talenten und zielgruppenspezifische Förderprogramme wird eine neue Generation von translational geschultem klinischen und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs hervorgebracht. Die BIA setzt auf Personenförderung mithilfe von fokussierten Förderprogrammen für jede Karrierephase – vom Promotionsstipendium über das (Junior) (Digital) Clinician Scientist Programm bis hin zum Advanced Clinician Scientist Programm.

Charité BIH Innovation unterstützt als Technologietransfer Forscher*innen und Kliniker*innen bei der Entwicklung und dem Transfer von Produkten in die medizinische Anwendung bzw. in den Gesundheitsmarkt, z. B. durch Lizenz oder Unternehmensgründung. Neben Beratung und Begleitung in den Bereichen IP, Patentierung, Lizensierung und Recht bietet Charité BIH Innovation zwei Förderprogramme an. Das Programm SPARK-BIH fördert Projekte im Bereich Therapieentwicklung, Diagnostik und Medizintechnik, z. B. zur Validierung von Forschungsergebnissen mit dem Ziel der Therapie- bzw. Produktentwicklung. Das Programm BIH Digital Health Accelerator fördert Projekte basierend auf digitalen Technologien bei der Entwicklung von marktreifen Lösungen im Bereich Digital Health.

Die Programme der BIA und von CBI sind grundsätzlich kombinierbar, solange eine Doppelförderung ausgeschlossen ist. Eine vorherige Abstimmung mit den jeweiligen Programmleitungen ist hierfür jedoch unbedingt notwendig. Ziel ist es, herausragenden Talenten exzellente Karrierewege in Forschung, Klinik und Entrepreneurship zu eröffnen und medizinische Translation bis in die Anwendung zu ermöglichen


  • Dorothée Marie-Louise Döpfer

    Program Manager Digital Health Accelerator & Community Building

    Telefon:+49 30 450 543 041
  • Tim Huse

    Head of Digital Labs incl. Digital Health Accelerator

    Telefon:+49 30 450 543 036

Berlin Institute of Health at
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Anschrift:Charité BIH Innovation Digital Labs
Am Zirkus 1 / Bertolt-Brecht-Platz 3,
DE-10117 Berlin

Telefon:+49 (0)30 450 543 318