Research Units – Information and Advice

Application proposals for Research Units must:

Generally, the maximum duration of a Research Unit is up to eight years in two application phases of four years each (until September 30, 2018: 3+3 years). Research Units may include different funding modules depending on the requirement of the discipline. Individual positions can be applied for.

Application process and deadline:

The application process consists of two stages. Firstly, a draft proposal must be submitted with an approximately 10-page description of the overall project and one- or two-page summaries of the individual projects. A call for a full proposal is announced four times a year based on the draft proposals submitted. If a draft proposal is successful, the full proposal will then be examined by reviewers during a site visit and the final decision will be made by the DFG Senate.

Draft proposals for Research Units can be submitted at any time. Centers for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Science are invited to submit proposals annually, usually by mid-February.

Advice on preparing proposals:

Although application initiatives for Research Units do not require formal confirmation by the university management, early contact with research funding officers is nevertheless recommended for advice and support. Preliminary agreements on room occupation should be made at an early stage, especially for Centers for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Science, as these are particularly relevant in the review. Applicants for Clinical Research Units must consult Research Funding at the Faculty of Medicine and inform Central Administration in good time about their project.

Funding for applications:

For the preparation of a draft proposal and for the preparation of a university application, intramural seed funding can be applied for from MWK funds. Further information can be obtained from the Research Funding section.

Please also refer to other documents and information material relevant to all research funding at the university (equal opportunity, promotion of young researchers, etc.).