CRDF Calls

The Central Research Development Fund (CRDF) offers support for all stages of academic careers in the following eight funding lines.

All members of the academic community at the University of Bremen can receive quick and effective incentive for research projects in the form of uncomplicated knock-on financing for small-scale projects: from travel expenses in respect of conferences, through the funding of proofreading and language editing, up to support for international cooperation projects. Doctoral candidates may also apply for independent funding on their own account. Via bridging grants for prospective doctoral candidates, outstanding Bremen students are encouraged to stay at the University of Bremen and obtain their doctorates here. Special grants are available to enable applicants to bridge the period prior to obtaining external funding. Postdocs at an early stage in their careers can receive support to set up independent research projects to be run under their own leadership and responsibility by applying for temporary positions. On the other hand, temporary positions for principal investigators offer advanced and international postdocs the opportunity to run their own independent four-year projects in an optimally conducive environment.

Focus projects of three-year duration enable advanced researchers to implement new research ideas together with doctoral candidates, thereby enhancing their chances of successfully acquiring subsequent external funding. Projects in the humanities constitute a funding priority. Exploration projects provide established professors of the University of Bremen with “trust funding“ which enables them to embark on new research projects without the need for exhaustive preparatory work on their part. Via knock-on financing for new collaborative projects the University facilitates applications in coordinated programs and the accordant preparation phase. Last not least, success premiums are granted for the successful acquisition of external funding within the context of certain programs (initial DFG application, AvH).

Calls 2016

In 2016 the Central Research Development Fund invites calls in the following funding lines…

01

IMPULSE GRANTS FOR RESEARCH PROJECTS

… impulse grants support travel allowances and small-scale projects with up to €2,500 resp. €1,500 for doctoral candidates, always provided sufficient funds are available. Doctoral candidates can apply for impulse funding three times a year, for funding for travel expense allowances at any time. All other candidates can apply at any time. More

02

BRIDGING STIPENDS FOR PROSPECTIVE DOCTORAL CANDIDATES

… bridging grants for prospective doctoral candidates for a maximum of two six-month periods amounting to €1,000 per month. Applications can be submitted twice a year. More

03

TEMPORARY POSITIONS FOR POSTDOCS

… temporary postdoc positions with a duration of 24 months each (salary scale E 13 TV-L) plus a certain research budget. Applications can be submitted once a year. More

04

INDEPENDENT PROJECTS FOR POSTDOCS

… postdoc positions up to salary scale E 14 TV-L plus a certain research budget for a period of 48 months. Applications to be submitted once a year. More

05

FOCUS PROJECTS

… doctoral positions on a basis of E 13 TV-L for a period of three years. Applications can be submitted once a year.

06

EXPLORATION PROJECTS ON NEW TOPICS

… projects each €90,000 per year over two years for ground-breaking pioneer projects. Applications can be submitted once a year.

07

KNOCK-ON FUNDING FOR NEW COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

… up to €40,000 for the preparation of applications for the funding of collaborative projects. Applications can be submitted at any time.

08

SUCCESS PREMIUMS

… premiums in an amount of €3,000 (successful DFG initial applications), €5,000 (AvH stipend holders) and €7,500 (AvH prize winners). Applications can be submitted at any time.

The notes on the following pages describe the individual funding lines and are in respect of the goals pursued, eligibility for funding, accordant obligations, funding conditions and procedure in their entirety a binding part of these calls.