As part of the "Breakthroughs" program, the Carl Zeiss Foundation supports top international research from Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia with yearly calls since 2018.
With the program, the foundation supports universities in further developing and expanding already proven research strengths. Projects under the "Breakthroughs" program run for six years.
A prerequisite for funding by the Carl Zeiss Foundation is a proven supraregional position in the area to be supported, which is embedded in a corresponding structure and is a relevant component for the strategic orientation of the university. In the 2020 call for proposals "Intelligent solutions for an aging society", the RPTU was able to acquire funding from the Carl Zeiss Foundation with the coordinated project "Ageing Smart".
In the 2021 call for proposals with a focus onartificial intelligence, RPTU was able to acquire funding for the project "Sustainable Embedded AI".
In the first call for proposals in 2022 with the topic "Energy Systems of the Future", the RPTU was successful with the project "Smart Batch Processes in the Energy System of the Future". in addition, scientists from the RPTU are involved in the project "Halocycles" of the JGU Mainz.