Scientists from public, non-profit
- research institutes
- University graduates and former academic staff members (up to five years after getting a degree or dropping out).
- Students who have completed at least half of their studies at the time of applying.
- Entrepreneur Teams of up to three people. Teams that are made up of a majority of students are only funded in exceptional cases.
- One of the maximum of three team members may have a qualifying professional education and can be funded as the technical staff or one of the team members may have a degree that is more than five years old.