BIH Digital Health Accelerator

Call for Applications

Program 2024

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How to accelerate your idea?

Apply for the BIH Digital Health Accelerator Program 2024 to receive support in building your innovative digital health solution and bringing it to the healthcare system and into medical application for the benefit of patients and our society.

Who can apply?

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
  • Researchers
  • Nursing Staff
  • Midwives
  • Doctoral Students

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

Objective of the BIH DHA program is to support innovators to develop digital health solutions, i.e., regulated medical products and health technology solutions based on technologies such as AI/ML, AR/VR, sensors, and software, to address unmet medical needs and/or to bring their research results to patients.

Fundable are Charité/BIH in-house projects and collaboration projects with other research or clinical institutions and the aim of joint development. Registered companies are not eligible to apply.


Program Elements


Structured Program

for the development and launch preparation of certified  digital health solutions


Project Funding

DHA Stage 1: Up to 125k EUR per project
DHA Stage 2: Up to 1M EUR per project


Protected Time

off from clinical duty for project work


Expert Mentoring

by national and international experts, innovators, investors


Talent Pool

to help complete teams as needed


Industry and Investor Networks

to access potential development and commercialization partners


Innovation Community

of fellow Charité/BIH digitial health innovators and ecosystem partners


Co-Working Space

to enable interdisciplinary work near Charité Campus Mitte


Meet the teams

Listen what former and current participants say about the BIH DHA program. Experience the motivation of fellow innovators of Charité, BIH and MDC to start innovating digital health solutions


Program Structure

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

Stage 1: Prototype

Funded project teams validate the targeted medical and economic need 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.

Demo Day

At the conclusion of the program stage 1, 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.

Stage 2: Product

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 successfully in case of transfer to healthcare system or into medical application.



Overview of application process and program timing.

Application Deadline

Nov. 3, 2023 at 6pm (CET)

Step 2: Project Deep Dive with Interdisciplinary Experts

Nov. 22 - Nov. 30, 2023 (tentative)

Discussion (no slide presentation) with an interdisciplinary group of external experts on topics: Medical need, technology, evidence/data, and IP. At least one team member is required to participate.

Step 3: Pitch Day with External Selection Committee

Dec. 5 - Dec. 14, 2023 (tentative)

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 team, product and market (see FAQ).

Project Cohort selected


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?
What is funded?
How mature does my project need to be?
Can I apply on my own without a project team in place yet?
Who is mentoring in the BIH DHA program?
Will participation in the program be disadvantageous to my career?
Do we need to create a spin-off company?


Overview of selected BIH funding instruments to support medical translation

Two of BIH’s areas of support for medical translation are the BIH Biomedical Innovation Academy (BIA) and Charité BIH Innovation (CBI).

The BIH Biomedical Innovation Academy (BIA) focuses on young scientists and acts as a think tank for strategic human resources development in biomedicine and for new models of academic innovation. Through early scouting of outstanding talents and target group-specific support programs, a new generation of translationally trained young clinical and scientific talent is being produced. The BIA focuses on individual support with the help of focused support programs for each career phase – from the PhD scholarship to the (Junior) (Digital) Clinician Scientist Program and the Advanced Clinician Scientist Program.

Charité BIH Innovation supports researchers and clinicians in the development and transfer of products into medical applications and the healthcare market, e.g. by licensing or founding a company.

In addition to consulting and support in the areas of IP, patenting, licensing and law, Charité BIH Innovation offers two funding programs. The SPARK-BIH program supports projects in the fields of phama, ATMP, biotech and medtech, e.g. for the validation of research results with the aim of therapy or product development. The BIH Digital Health Accelerator Program supports projects based on digital technologies in the development of market-ready digital health solutions in the field of digital health.

The BIA and CBI programs can generally be combined, as long as double funding is excluded. However, prior coordination with the respective program management is absolutely necessary for this. The aim is to open up excellent career paths for outstanding talents in research, clinical practice and entrepreneurship and to enable medical translation into application.