The Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis is awarded every other year. The last call commenced with the LASER World of Photonics in Munich and ends on March 1, 2023.

All you need to know about the prize

Who, How, What

Who? Individuals as well as project groups from all over the world are entitled to apply.

How? Candidates can either be nominated or apply directly.

What? The prize is awarded for excellent research and development work on the application or generation of laser light.

Program sequence

  • After the application deadline on March 1, 2023, eight finalists will be selected in a first step.
  • The finalists will then be invited to Ditzingen for the jury session in order to present their innovations to the jurors.
  • The prizes will be awarded at an official ceremony on September 22, 2023.
  • It is obligatory to attend the jury session as well as the award ceremony for at least one member of each group.
  • Travel expenses will be reimbursed by the  Berthold Leibinger Stiftung.


Each work submitted for the Innovationspreis will be evaluated in terms of progress of scientific findings in relation to the state of the art, the scientific quality, and technical creativity as well as the individual’s achievements. Practical utility and benefits are very important issues.

The core of the innovation of applications should directly be related to the effects or influence of laser light.

Innovation shall be understood as the overall process including all steps from recognizing a demand, creating an idea, finding the necessary basics, the product development, and manufacturing of a marketable product. The term is not limited to technical products but can likewise be used for any process or method.

Conditions of Participation

By submitting documents to the competition, the participants agree to the following conditions:

  • The applicant/applicants declare their full copyright to the work submitted and exempt the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung from any third party claims.
  • The applicant/applicants consent to having the data specifically saved und used (see data privacy notice below).
  • The documentation submitted cannot be returned.
  • The Berthold Leibinger Stiftung reserves the right to make changes and modifications to the conditions of participation.
  • Legal action is excluded.

Application for the Innovationspreis

The application contains:

  • Submission form for applications (to download form, see below)
  • Written documentation on the work (in accordance with the structure as stipulated below), of between 5 and 10 pages in length
  • A biography of the applicant or of the members of the project group applying, of max. 2 pages in length respectively; an explanation of approximately one page in length describing the context within which the work was carried out

Structure of written documentation:

  1. Abstract of 5 to 10 lines technological
  2. State of the art
  3. Illustrated description of the innovation
  4. How the solution was reached
  5. Advantages or technological benefits of the innovation in relation to the state of the art
  6. Practical utility and/or benefits Language

Nominations for the Innovationspreis 2023

If you wish to nominate someone else for the Innovationspreis, please send us

  • The filled out form for nominations (to download form, see right column)
  • A short description of the work
  • Reasons for prize worthiness of nominated innovation


All required documents must be written in English.

Data Privacy Notice

Submission of the application means automatic recognition to having the collected data specifically saved in the context of the innovation prize and to forwarding personal data and information contained in the documentation for the following purposes:

  • Evaluation through the foundation's staff, jurors and external experts
  • Publication of applicants, the title and abstract of applications
  • Inclusion of applicants, nominated and nominators in distribution lists for information related to the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis and the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis
  • Forwarding of information from finalists and prizewinners to service providers for public relation's purposes
  • Forwarding of the documentary part of applications to anybody with a qualified interest  (publication of the innovation)
  • Information to be provided in accordance with Art. 13 GDPR where personal data are collected for the innovation award

Confidential information that should be excluded from the above uses will be handled strictly confidential when clearly marked so.


The deadline for all applications and nominations is March 1, 2023.

Please apply via email:

or via mail:

Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH
Hemminger Str. 4
71735 Eberdingen-Hochdorf

Nomination for the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis

There is no application process for the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis. Candidates can be nominated by former members of the jury, previous prize winners, scientific societies and groups, as well as professional associations from around the world that focus on lasers or photonics.

Please send nominations for 2023 to sven.ederer(at) by March 1, 2023 (extended deadline).


Dipl.-Phys. Sven Ederer

Phone: +49 7042 2607-182