01 Impulse Grants

Call for proposals to the Central Research Development Fund

Research workers at the University of Bremen can make use of a quick and uncomplicated procedure to apply for special grants to fund small-scale projects: Doctoral students can receive support for activities that clearly contribute to an added value within the context of their PhD, such as active participation at high-level conferences or summer schools, research sojourns at renowned institutions, additional experiments interdisciplinary projects or cooperation projects undertaken with international partners. Postdocs and professors can apply for supplementary funding of research projects in order to prepare applications for third-party funding (including EU projects and travel to cooperation partners), to set up conferences in Bremen or to undertake interdisciplinary research, and also for travel to conferences and congresses. As an added incentive for researchers, grants are available in particular for first applications for DFG funding. Beside the Impulse Grants, researchers can apply for application coaching and an additional bonus offer (cf. Funding Line 08).

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? All doctoral students admitted to PhD studies, research assistants already in possession of a doctoral degree and professors of the University of Bremen.

WHAT REQUIREMENTS HAVE TO BE MET? In the case of doctoral candidates, the funding should constitute an added value to the PhD project within the context of additional training or networking in the resp. scientific community provided it does not entail prolongation of the initially planned research period. For other applicants, the feasibility and high quality of proposed projects are the determining factors.

WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR FUNDING Funding is available for activities that can be concluded within a period of one year. In the case of doctoral candidates, the length and nature of the proposed activities must be proportionate to the respective research project. During the course of their research project, PhD candidates may apply twice for grants up to a maximum of €1,500; other status groups may submit one application per year up to an amount of €2,500. Part-funding is possible in all cases. When resources are limited, preference will be given to: Applications submitted by young researchers (Docs & Postdocs); applicants with no connection to projects with third-party funding that are already running and dispose of sufficient funds to finance the proposed project.  It is not possible to gain funding for the regular equipment of work places and basic infrastruture such as e.g. computers. Moreover, catering cannot be financed.

The Procedure Applications for Impulse Grants to fund travel expenses may be submitted at any time up to two weeks prior to the commencement of the respective conference or congress.

Other applications for Impulse Grants (except doctoral candidates) may also be submitted at any time. They are submitted for approval to the Vice Rector for Research and Young Academics and the Chairperson of the respective Faculty Research Commission.

Applications for Impulse Grants on the part of doctoral candidates may be submitted three times within any one year. These applications are first submitted to the “Young Researchers Committee”, which then passes on a recommendation for approval by the Vice Rector. Application deadlines: 15 February, 15 June and 15 October 2017, each at noon CET. 

Impulse Grants (including Summer Schools)

Guide for Applicants [DOCX] (63 KB) Declaration [PDF] (417 KB)

Online Application Form 

Impulse/Travel Expenses Allowances

Guide for Applicants [PDF] (178 KB) Declaration [PDF] (412 KB)

Online Application Form