Excellence Initiative

Exploration Funds


Exploration Funds are provided for the identification and development of new topics orientated towards the core areas of the Platform 4 "Education - Society - Norms - Ethical Reflection" and connecting factors within and outside the university.
This call is intended for questions in the humanities and social sciences which have the potential to significantly determine current and future debates in society. Possible thematic cooperation with the other Platforms of the Institutional Strategy are welcome but are not a requirement.

Target group:

Funding formats:

B) "Starter"-Projects

Perspective to explore new topics, working formats and cooperation

Start-up financing for max. 1 year (further funding possible through application in Formta A)

The amount of funds granted is measured by the necessity stated in the application, maximum EUR 25.000


The applications must be submitted via an online portal.

Please follow the provided instructions and guidelines.

Application Deadlines:

1.October/1.April of every year with project start on 1. January/1. July

The applications will be reviewed by external scientists; thereafter recommendations are made by the strategic board of the Platform 4. The final decision on funding is made by the senior management.


For questions and consultation on the prospects of success concerning your proposal please conact either the dean of your faculty or memebers of the strategic board of the Platform 4.

For Questions concerning the application process please contact

Frau Jennifer Koritko

Tel.:07071- 29 72528

Email: zukunftskonzept[at]uni-tuebingen.de