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


Funding Calls

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.


Advice on Funding

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 a joint project, whether it is a DFG, BMBF, foundation, or EU project: The University offers support at all stages of the process, 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.

Equal Opportunities in Research Collaborations

The University of Bremen pursues the key objective of gender equality 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. More information in German

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Research Committees

The uiversity’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 training, networking options, information, and advice. A major focus is on matters concerning 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 “scientific data lifecycle,” from the development of the research question through the collection of data to final publication is becoming increasingly important. The university has therefore adopted guidelines for handling research data.


Nagoya Protocol

The Nagoya Protocol is relevant to all scientists working with biological material and/or related traditional knowledge from countries other than Germany. The Nagoya Protocol Compliance Officer supports its implementation and helps all scientists to understand and comply with their obligations under the Protocol and the EU Regulation.


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

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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 Bremen can advise on related 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 supervise 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.


International Matters

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 are staying for a month or are taking up a permanent position.


Erasmus Lecturer Mobility

Within the ERASMUS program, teaching staff have the opportunity to take on a teaching assignment at an ERASMUS partner university. Members of the University, explicitly including doctoral students who are involved in teaching, are eligible for support. The funding is provided by the home university.

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Refugees and Endangered Academics

The University of Bremen stands side by side in solidarity with colleagues who have been displaced,are subject to repression and persecution because of their work in their home country, or are denied access to education.
At the University of Bremen, at-risk academics have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship from the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, from Bremen State, and from the DAAD's Hilde Domin Program. Information on the scholarship programs and other funding opportunities can be found here on the Welcome Center website.