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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.

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U Bremen Research Alliance Conferences

In order to promote the growth of joint research projects located at the interfaces of the member institutions, the U Bremen Research Alliance announces the funding of up to three U Bremen Research Alliance research conferences in 2018 and 2019. The conferences can each be funded with a maximum of 10,000 euros. Closing date for applications: 01.03.2019 (funding decision in April 2019)


YERUN - Research Mobility Award: Call now open!

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. Last year, YERUN launched its first Research Mobility Award to increase joint research collaborations among its members.

YERUN Researcher Mobility Awards (YRMA) are competitive awards for PhD students, post-doc and early career researchers until 8 years since the completion of PhD from YERUN Universities. The programme provides support for researchers to undertake a minimum of 1-week stay at one or two other YERUN partner institutions from a different country. The 2018 call opens on 8 October 2018 and closes on 8 November 2018. For more information get in touch with Julia Sievers.

Please read the full call for applications before submitting your proposal.

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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.




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.