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Research Funding

Central Research Development Fund

The University of Bremen’s Central Research Development Fund (CRDF) supports researchers on all stages of their scientific career. A special focus is put on profile building, promotion of early career researchers, and preparation of research grant applications.


M8 Postdoc-Initiative PLUS

Postdocs at the University of Bremen shall be enabled to conduct research under ideal conditions. For this purpose, they can apply up to EUR 10.000 to support their research. The best projects are recommended for funding by the Young Researchers Committee to the Vice Rector for Research for decision.



BremenIDEA supports the internationalisation of the doctoral phase with a variety of measures. Doctoral researchers from the University of Bremen can apply for one to three months stays at a university or research institution abroad. For professors, BremenIDEA offers the opportunity to invite Master's students or prospective PhD candidates students from abroad to Bremen for a short stay or an internship.



PhD-Networks in the Humanities

The University of Bremen launched a program to support PhD researchers in the humanities. The goal is to encourage exchange and scientific network building. Currently, there is no open call.


"Impuls Forschung" - Start-up Funding for VNU Association Research

Under the new format “Impuls Forschung”, the Association of North German Universities (German: Verband Norddeutscher Universitäten - abbr. VNU) financially supports the initiation, consolidation and expansion of research cooperation amongst its member universities. The granted funds of up to €5,000 per application are to be used for exchanging ideas, preparing cooperation projects and applying for joint projects. The programme is addressed at Ph.D. graduates from all VNU universities (Bremen, Greifswald, Groningen, Hamburg, Kiel, Lübeck, Lüneburg, Oldenburg, Rostock). Applications are possible at any time.



YERUN - Research Mobility Award

The University of Bremen is a member of  YERUN, a  network of highly-ranked, young research universities in Europe. The founding goals of the Network are to strengthen and develop cooperation in the areas of research, academic education and service to society. In 2017, YERUN launched its first Research Mobility Award to increase joint research collaborations among its members.