Exploration projects are projects of individual professors: Innovative projects with high risk are generously provided with resources, can be processed without strict specifications and with sufficient time. The goal is to explore new areas of research.
This individual funding shall enable professors to persue issues that do not fit easily into the joint research programs of collaborative research.
WHO CAN APPLY? Professors conducting full-time research at the University of Bremen. The Rectorate expressly encourages female professors in particular to apply.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS? Exploration projects serve the purpose of tackling an innovative question, explore new research areas or develop new methods. Because of their explorative character, extensive preliminary work is not required. The aim is to create international publications in high-ranking journals with an original approach to topics not previously covered by the applicant and – in subjects in which monographs continue to be the standard – among renowned publishers.
FUNDING CONDITIONS: Each exploration project will be granted up to 90,000 Euro per year for a period of two years (option 1) or with a fulltime Postdoc position and up to 30,000 Euro in total for a period of two years (option 2). The funds can be used freely, for example for devices, guests from abroad, and student assistants or for the financing of a replacement for a research sebattacal (one semester during the project only). Any previously approved exploration project has to be completed before applying for a new one.
PROCEDURE: Within the framework of the Central Research Development Fund two exploration projects can be funded. Projects in funding line 06 A “Exploration Projects on New Topics” as well as “Interdisciplinary Exploration Projects” of funding line 06 B are considered together. An Interdisciplinary Commission makes the selection in a competitive process. The Commission is made up of members of the University‘s Research Funding Committees for the Natural Sciences and Engineering and for Social Sciences and Humanities. Based of external reviews the Interdisciplinary Commission recommends suitable projects to the Rectorate of the University for decision. Calls for this funding line are planned every two years.