Call & Application

The VALIDATION FUND / SPARK-BIH Call 2019 is closed for applications. Applicants of selected Track 1 or Track 2 projects will be invited to pitch their proposals on August 29th or 30th 2019 in front of an expert committee. Funding decision will be made in early September 2019.

The next call for proposals will be announced in 2020.

Program Overview

The funding program supports the development of novel therapeutics (small molecule or biologic), medical devices, diagnostics and digital solutions for unmet medical needs, as well as repurposing of existing drugs for new indications. For digital health projects, the Validation Fund/SPARK-BIH works closely with the BIH Digital Health Accelerator (development of digital health prototypes and digital health products).

The program aims at the validation of research findings and translation into therapies, products or services.

More information about the SPARK-BIH program here.

Scientists and Clinicians from BIH, Charité and MDC are eligible to apply.

We offer funding and mentoring to de-risk projects with high potential impact, addressing critical unmet medical needs for any indication.
Selected projects become part of the SPARK Berlin program.
We help you to establish Intellectual Property and to learn what translation is all about.

The funding program consists of two different tracks and funding is strictly milestone-based.

  • Track 1 projects are usually earlier in the development timeline and track 1 funding covers projects with a budget of up to 50k € for one year.
  • Track 2 projects are further along the development timeline and must meet strict requirements regarding intellectual property rights and market access strategies. Funding covers projects with a financial need of more than 50k € for up to two years.

The BIH seeks to increase the diversity of its funding programs. Women, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, as well as individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply for BIH programs.