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 TUK was able to acquire funding from the Carl Zeiss Foundation with the coordinated project "Ageing Smart".