Projects and travel
In order to receive quick and effective support for short-term measures related to their research projects, all academics at the University of Bremen can apply for separate funding from the University’s Central Research Development Fund (CRDF). Doctoral students are also eligible and can apply for their own funds here. As a measure to increase the international visibility of research “made in Bremen”, there is a separate funding line for conference travel expenses. Early-career researchers, in particular, can apply for a travel allowance when presenting their research findings at high-level international conferences.
Supporting collaborative initiatives and recognition for success
The University encourages participation in collaborative research and supports the submission of applications in coordinated programs and the necessary preparatory work. Under certain condition, it is possible to apply for financial support for grant applications. Finally, premiums are awarded for success in the acquisition of third-party funds in specific programs [DFG first-time proposals).
Focus projects offer professors and senior researchers the opportunity to pursue new research ideas together with doctoral students, thereby increasing their chances of acquiring third-party funds. One funding priority is on projects in the humanities. Exploration projects offer established professors at the University of Bremen the opportunity to use so-called "trust money" to explore new fields of research without the need to carry out extensive preparatory work. Particularly noteworthy in this context are the interdisciplinary exploration projects, which promote highly topical, innovative cooperation projects between at least two disciplines. The target group includes both professors as well as experienced postdoctoral researchers.
The funding line BremenIDEA targets doctoral researchers of all faculties of Bremen University who have been accepted by the respective doctoral committee. The financing of stays abroad is intended to help doctoral researchers to network internationally, to present their own research project abroad and to initiate possible further cooperation. With the funding line “Independent Projects for Postdocs”, the University has created its own funding program for outstanding early-career researchers. Postdoctoral researchers from Germany and abroad who have exciting ideas for their own projects are supported with the granting of a position with a three-year term. The target group includes both young researchers shortly after graduation as well as experienced postdocs aiming at a professorial appointment.
01 IMPULSE GRANTS FOR RESEARCH PROJECTS
… Impulse grants amounting to €2,500 each resp. €1,500 for doctoral candidates, always provided sufficient funds are available. Doctoral candidates and temporary employees (generally researchers in the qualification phase) can apply two times a year. All other candidates can apply at any time.more
02 CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
… grants for the active participation in high-level conferences. Applications are possible at any time up to six weeks before the start of the event, always provided sufficient funds are available.more
03 BremenIDEA – Research stays abroad
… funds for research stays at foreign universities and research institutions related to the doctoral project. One to three month stays are eligible. The maximum funding amount is € 5,000. Applications can be submitted twice a year.more
04 INDEPENDENT PROJECTS FOR POSTDOCS
… postdoc positions with an annual research budget of up to €6,000 for a period of three years. Half of the positions are reserved for early career postdocs soon after finishing their PhD and half of the positions are reserved for advanced postdocs to pave their way for professorships. Applications can be submitted once a year.more
05 FOCUS PROJECTS
… focus projects each with a doctoral position and an annual research budget of €3,000 for a period of three years. A special priority is given to projects in the humanities, at least one of the projects will be funded in this area. Applications can be submitted once a year.more
06A EXPLORATION PROJECTS ON NEW TOPICS
… projects each up to €90,000 per year over two years for ground-breaking pioneer projects. Applications may be submitted until the application date. No call in this funding line in 2023.more
06B INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATION PROJECTS
… projects to foster interdisciplinary innovations, supported with an annual budget of €100,000 for a period of two years. Applications may be submitted until the application date. No call in this funding line in 2023.more
07 BOOST FOR NEW COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
… up to €10,000 for the preparation of funding applications for collaborative projects. Applications can be submitted at any time.more
08 AWARDS FOR GRANTED DFG FIRST-TIME-PROPOSALS
… a bonus of €2,500. Applications can be submitted at any time.more
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