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KUKA Innovation Award 2025

We are looking for the best ideas! Apply now with an innovative concept for the Medical Robotics Challenge 2.0!

The KUKA Innovation Award 2025 primarily targets the interaction of robotic systems with humans in the medical environment and robots being part of future medical applications.


This includes applications with direct interaction with a patient for diagnosis, rehabilitation, surgery and other forms of therapy. We would like to encourage participants to look to the future: Where and how can robots be used in the next medical applications and contribute to optimal patient care? Does AI play a role in this area? How can sensors and vision systems act in medical applications and improve outcomes?


The proposed solutions are expected to enable new robotic use cases for the future of healthcare. The solutions should address a valid clinical or medical problem that can be solved with an innovative robotic system. Market requirements should also be taken into account and potential business opportunities highlighted. The system concept should be versatile, i.e. broadly applicable, and definitely not limited to an engineering approach for solving a specific use case. Participants from academia, research and industry are encouraged to present system concepts that can lead to, or are already on the edge to, commercialization.

What's in it for you?

  • KUKA LBR Med free of charge

    You will have the opportunity to implement your ideas with a KUKA lightweight robot LBR Med, which is provided free of charge and can optionally be expanded with a NDI tracking system or a Roboception 3D vision system.

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  • Free training and coaching

    We invite you to Augsburg for a free training for the hardware and software. In addition, you will receive coaching from KUKA experts throughout the competition to be more effective in the implementation phase.

  • Presentation at prominent trade fair

    We offer you the opportunity to present your application at the KUKA booth during prominent trade fair to a broad audience consisting of representatives from industry and research, the media and interested trade fair visitors.

  • 20,000 € prize money for the winning team

    The winner of the KUKA Innovation Award will be ceremonially chosen at the awards ceremony at the trade fair and will receive prize money of €20,000.

Apply now!

Send us your application (max. 12 pages, in English) as PDF by e-mail by 28th June 2024.

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Here you can find all further information about the application and the conditions of participation.



Apply now!

Send us your application (max. 12 pages, in English) as PDF by e-mail by 28th June 2024.