Research Funding

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The University of Bremen is highly successful in acquiring external funding. Support is also available from the University’s own central research funding unit. Moreover, the University provides targeted support for young researchers, and the award of postdoc research posts is a long-established tradition. The Bureau for Research and Young Researchers is able to provide information on other national, European and international funding programs, and also provides career counseling.

Members of the University can obtain information on calls via a newsletter or by accessing funding databases. On the Internet at interested persons can gain an initial overview, ranging from postdoc positions to calls for applications for tenured professorships. There is also a database of research awards. The DFG also provides an overview of their funding offers.

Measures within the context of the University’s Institutional Strategy

As one of Germany’s eleven Universities of Excellence, over the next five years the University of Bremen will be allocated funds for the Excellence Cluster in the marine sciences entitled "The Ocean in the Earth System - MARUM" and the "Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences" (BIGSSS), as well as the money to finance its Institutional Strategy. 

The University is implementing its Institutional Strategy through a total of nine measures. Further information about these measures is available at

Central Research Development Fund

As early as 1976 the University of Bremen was among the very first German universities to set up their own Central Research Development Fund (CRDF). The aims pursued both then and now are profile building, the promotion of young researchers and intensified efforts to acquire external funding. In addition, at any one time 62 full-time positions are funded within the context of a competitive selection procedure similar to that practiced by the DFG. 

In 2011 this highly efficient instrument was adapted to fall in line with changing parameters and the funding lines within CRDF were realigned accordingly. The new CRDF facilitates the transition between different stages of academic careers, promotes independent research at an early stage in the careers of young researchers, and enables breakthroughs to new research topics. 

Moreover, the new CRDF generates impetus for internationalization and for the recruitment of outstanding young researchers – and here especially for women. 

The University of Bremen promotes gender mainstreaming at all stages of women’s academic careers via its own internal Grete Henry Program. Firstly, within the context of CRDF and as part of the Grete Henry Program, fully half of the bridging stipends granted to doctoral candidates are awarded to women. Secondly, calls for research positions within the context of support for postdocs specifically target highly qualified young women researchers. Every year, two temporary positions in the postdoc phase and two four-year postdoc positions for independent investigators are awarded to women. Via such initiatives, the University of Bremen upholds its long tradition of promoting young women researchers, especially in the postdoc phase. 

In accordance with Bremen’s university law (BremHG), key issues concerning research and the promotion of young researchers are decided by the University’s Academic Senate, which has set up a Research Committee [] for this purpose. For its part, the Rectorate is responsible for allocating research positions and finances, including those within the context of the University’s own Central Research Development Fund. Each year the Rectorate adopts a program of calls put forward by the Central Research Funding Program. The selection procedure is overseen by two Research Funding Committees [ (BFK)]. The selection procedure is competitive and based on external peer review, thus ensuring that a high level of quality is maintained at all times.