Tissue Engineering

Hello people with radical new ideas! We need pioneering solutions for the treatment of patients with artificial tissue. We need you.

Many patients are dependent on donor tissue or organ donations. However, the high demand for donor tissue and organs cannot be met by far. Therefore, patients suffer from long waiting lists and countless medical challenges or die before a donation is available. Artificially produced tissue, on the other hand, promises a lasting improvement in the quality of life for these people.

In recent decades, scientists, engineers and doctors have developed tools to construct biological substitutes that mimic natural tissue. However, the ultimate goal of overcoming the limitations of traditional organ transplantation remains unachieved.
Tissue Engineering

Demonstrate: the feasibility of a novel approach to tissue engineering for first-in-human transplantation.

The aim is to develop an advanced concept that will produce the most refined artificial tissue to date. This tissue must be as close as possible to natural human tissue (size, structure, complexity) and may include elements such as the engineering of cells, the development of tissue architecture or engineered materials.

The Funke sparks your progress

The SPRIND Funke has a duration of 10 months in two stages. In the eight months of stage 1, SPRIND supports the demonstration of the characteristics of your artificial tissue with up to 500,000 euros. Stage 2 allows you to plan for a first-in-human trial with a further up to 100,000 euros. SPRIND will support up to 8 teams in stage 1 and up to 6 teams in stage 2.
All details can be found in the call for proposals and participation agreement.

How to participate in the SPRIND Funke

Applications are open until 30.09.2023 23:59 CET.


Learn all about the Funke on September 4, 2023, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. and ask your questions afterwards in our Q&A session.

To register


Do you have further questions?

Please feel free to contact us at
Jano Costard, Challenge Officer Jano Costard, Challenge Officer