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CRDF Calls

CRDF offers funding for all career stages in the below-mentioned funding lines.

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.

Gästehaus der Universität Bremen

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, Alexander von Humboldt (AvH)].

Demo Retreat mit Teilnehmern des FB 3 und Gästen des Pius-Hospital Oldenburg und der Mahidol University, Thailand

Promoting innovation

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.

Studenten der Mahidol University beim Entwickeln eines Simulators für minimal invasive Eingriffe unter Betreuung von Wissenschaftlerinnen

Supporting talent

Outstanding Bremen students can be awarded a bridge scholarship as an incentive to carry out their doctoral project at the University of Bremen: The scholarship shall facilitate the transition to external funding. 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.

CALLS 2018

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 can apply three times a year.  All other candidates can apply at any time.

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02 CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

… grants for the active participation in high-level  conferences. Applications are possible at any time  up to two weeks before the start of the event, always provided sufficient funds are available.

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03 BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PROSPECTIVE DOCTORAL CANDIDATES

… bridge scholarships for prospective doctoral candidates for a maximum of two six-month periods amounting to €1,000 per month. 50 % of the scholarships are reserved for women. Applications can be submitted twice a year.

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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. In both cases 50 % of the positions are reserved for women. Applications can be submitted once a year.

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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.

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06A EXPLORATION PROJECTS ON NEW TOPICS

… projects each up to €90,000 per year over two years for ground-breaking pioneer projects. Applications can be submitted once a year.

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06B INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATION PROJECTS

… projects to foster interdisciplinary innovations, supported with an annual budget of €100,000 for a period of two years. Applications can be submitted once a year.

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07 KNOCK-ON FUNDING FOR NEW COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

… up to €40,000 for the preparation of funding applications for collaborative projects. Applications can be submitted at any time.

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08 AWARDS FOR SUCCESS

… a bonus of €2,500 (first successful DFG grant), €5,000 (award of AvH fellowship) and €7,500 (AvH prizewinners). Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Please be aware: All information provided on the following pages (full text of call, guidelines for applicants) is binding.

Offices

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Corinna Volkmann
Phone +49 421 218-60321 E-Mail
Building SFG, Room 3130

Social Sciences and Humanities

Petra Schreiber
Phone +49 421 218-60319 E-Mail
Building SFG, Room 3230

Success Premiums

Stefan Lüttgens
Phone +49 421 218-60323 E-Mail
Building SFG, Room 3160

M8 Postdoc Initiative PLUS

Postdocs 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.

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