Development opportunities


We challenge you to think the unthinkable

Our leading role in cutting-edge research comes down to the creativity and innovation of our employees. This is not only encouraged in everyday research work, but also in our internal DLR science competitions. Do you dare look beyond your own research area? Do you love coming up with visionary ideas and pursuing them? Does the thought that your proposal might become an innovation project enthuse you? If so, you should definitely enter!

Boosting future technologies

In our internal ‘Competition of Visions’, we are on the lookout for new ways of thinking about aeronautics, spaceflight, energy, transport, security and digitalisation that could be a reality within 20 years. We will support your research with additional funds. Our DLR idea competitions focus on exciting development proposals on a given subject. Not only do we award the most promising ideas – the DLR Technology Marketing team will gradually develop them and work with partners in industry – and you – to find the best way to turn them into innovative products. This has already produced a new type of humidity gauge, which originated as a product sketch at DLR; other promising projects are currently in the development and marketing phases.

Information for applicants