The Hirsch Foundation’s main area of focus is research on cryobiological methods to preserve viability at low temperatures. Currently we have an open call for research proposals, in particular to fund research in the following areas:

  • The reversible cryopreservation of tissues and organs at temperatures below 0°C
  • Understanding the mechanisms by which damage to tissues and organs arises during cryopreservation
  • Improving procedures and cryoprotective solutions in particular to preserve tissue structure and prevent the formation of ice crystals

The foundation welcomes applications for funding. The deadline for this call is August 31, 2019. Typically, projects will take place within a time frame of 6 months to 2 years, and have a budget of up to EUR 50,000. The decision on funding is made primarily on the basis of a written project description, which is evaluated by the foundation’s scientific advisory board. Please use the template for your proposal.

The results of the research projects will be made publicly available.

Applicants are invited to submit informal inquiries on the eligibility for funding of specific projects and proposals in advance of any formal requests for funding.

Please note that the Hirsch Foundation has a limit of 10% on all indirect costs (aka Facilities and Administrative costs).

All inquiries and applications for funding should be addressed to