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Support for Researchers

Research Funding

Central Research Development Fund (CRDF)

In 1976 the University established central research funding to support researchers in the implementation of their ideas and projects. A special focus is on building profile, the promotion of young talent, and the preparation of applications for third-party funding.

CRDF Calls


Research Funding at the University of Bremen

In addition to the university's Central Research Development Fund (CRDF), there are other programs that specifically serve networking between universities, internationalization, knowledge and technology transfer, and the promotion of women. Here you will find an overview of the various calls and programs.


Finding Funding and Writing Grant Proposals

Are you looking for ways to finance your project idea? Or do you already have a specific program in mind, but are unsure what to consider when applying? Whether individual funding or joint project, whether it is a DFG, BMBF, foundation or EU project: The University offers support at all stages of the application, from the search for potential funders to the finished application.



Newsletter - Calls and Funding Opportunities

Subscribe to the University of Bremen's funding opportunities newsletter. The Newsletter is distributed about once a months and provides a sample of announcements and solicitations that the research support staff identify as interesting to the Bremen research community.

Promoting equal opportunities in research collaborations

The University of Bremen pursues the key objective of gender justice in its research funding. The Equal Opportunities Office offers professional advice and support to research consortia from the application stage to the implementation of equal opportunities concepts.

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Research Committees

The University’s researchers help to shape research and research funding by participating in various research committees. The central committees are the Research Committee of the Academic Senate, the two Research Funding Committees of the Central Research Development Fund (CRDF) and  the Young Researcher Committee.


Personal and Professional Development


BYRD (Bremen Early Researcher Development) is the central point of contact for researchers of all career levels below the professorship. The aim of BYRD is to provide the best possible support to doctoral candidates and post-docs in their qualification phase. To do this, BYRD offers a wide range of trainings, networking options, information and advice. A major focus is on questions of career orientation and development, particularly for post-docs,


Data Services and Publishing

Research Data Management

In face of advancing digitalization, the management of research data of all kinds within the scope of the “Research Data Lifecycle”, from the development of the research question through the collection of data to the final publication is becoming increasingly important. The University has therefore adopted guidelines for handling research data.


Publication Policy and ORCID

When searching literature databases, mistakes often occur when it comes to identifying authors. The use of different spellings or abbreviations of the first name may result in not all publications being correctly assigned. The University of Bremen therefore recommends that when publishing all authors create an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) to facilitate correct identification of authorship. The University of Bremen is a member of the ORCID Germany consortium.


Policy of the University of BRemen on institutional affiliation in research publications

ORCID - Connecting research and researchers


Open Access

The term "open access" refers to the unlimited and free-of-charge access to information on research. Many recognized journals are already available on this principle. Open access publications that are freely available on the net not only reach a broader audience but are also cited more frequently. Publishing in an open access journal is usually costly. The University of Bremen encourages its researchers to publish in open access and is supported in this endeavor by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The State and University Library can advise on the surrounding issues (publizierenprotect me ?!suub.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de)

Knowledge and Technology Transfer


UniTransfer is the University of Bremen’s transfer office. We support researchers and their partners in business, culture and civil society in their cooperation activities. Talk to us – we advise the entire spectrum of knowledge and technology transfer.


Business start-ups

Are you considering whether your research results and know-how could form the basis for a business idea? Starting your own business sounds appealing to you? Then get advice and training from UniTransfer and our start-up network BRIDGE.



Uni Bremen Campus GmbH

The path from research to product and from university to customer interests you? The University of Bremen has an innovative transfer platform with its subsidiary firm Uni Bremen Campus GmbH (UBC). UBC offers you professional support in the acquisition and processing of orders from the business world.



Welcome Center

The Welcome Center of the U Bremen Research Alliance supports international researchers and their families in the planning and implementation of their stay in Bremen, regardless of the duration and how their stay is financed. As a central service point, the Welcome Center team will advise you on all non-academic and practical issues to make your stay in Bremen as enjoyable and straightforward as possible – whether you stay for a month or are taking up a permanent position.


Erasmus Lecturer Mobility

Under the ERASMUS program, teaching staff have the opportunity to receive a teaching assignment at an ERASMUS partner university. Eligible for support are members of the University, including explicitly doctoral students who are involved in teaching. The funding is provided by the home university.

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Displaced persons and endangered academics

The University of Bremen stands side by side in solidarity with colleagues who have been expelled or are exposed to repression and persecution because of their work in their home country. For some time now, the IN-Touch program has been offering refugee graduates in Bremen the opportunity to stay in touch and network with local science. The situation is different for endangered academics: Although the University of Bremen succeeded in integrating five endangered scientists into the University through the Phillip Schwartz Initiative, it still doesn’t have its own separate offer for endangered academics. Here you will find internal and external links to jobs and offers that are relevant for those affected.