Research Funding

We promote high-risk, application-oriented research at the interfaces between engineering and the natural sciences. In the area of promoting young talent, we are particularly involved in the natural sciences, law, economics and medicine.

It is important to us that application-oriented solutions are developed in our funding lines in the area of research. With our Add-on Fellow programs, we support young scientists from the fields of business and natural sciences who are working on interdisciplinary research questions.

Current tenders

Innovation Academy for Applied Infection Research

We support novel, interdisciplinary, and at best even original and high-risk research projects that are intended to be applied in practice. For the current call, we are looking for applicants who conduct research at the interface of medicine, engineering and the natural sciences and want to bring novel developments into practical application. The call runs until April 30, 2023.

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Drei Fellows sitzen an einem Tisch, auf dem ein Dokument liegt. Zwei der Fellows schauen sich nachdenklich an.

Kolleg Didaktik:digital

How can teaching and learning with digital media succeed in schools and universities? To investigate this question, we are funding concepts for teaching and learning with and via digital media in science teaching with up to 15,000 euros. Apply now until May 16, 2023!

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Zu sehen sind fünf Podiumsgäste, die leicht schräg fotografiert wurden. Der Moderator schaut die Gäste an und eine Teilnehmerin spricht. Zwei männliche Gäste schauen in die Kamera.

Encounter zones - promotion for events

With our meeting zones, we support the conception and implementation of interdisciplinary events for young scientists. The call is aimed at organizers of workshops, symposia, colloquia, meetings and conferences as well as summer and winter schools in the natural sciences. Interested parties can apply until May 16, 2023.

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Research and application

We support high-risk, application-oriented research at the interfaces between engineering and the natural sciences. Multiple crises from climate change to energy and resource shortages to inflation and pandemics constitute our present. New technologies can help create solutions. We have made it our new task to play a targeted role in this.


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Individual promotion

Die Add-on Fellow Marietta Zille forscht im Labor an der Zellkulturbank.

Add-on Fellowships for Interdisciplinary Life Science

With the Add-on Fellowship, we support PhD students from different disciplines who are working on interdisciplinary questions in the field of life sciences and related research fields.

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Die ehemalige Add-on Fellow Prof. Dr. Janina Steinert, TU München, steht mit einem Laptop vor einer gläsernen Wand

Add-on Fellowships for Interdisciplinary Economics

The funding will support up to 50 young scientists and postdocs in working on economic research questions with an interdisciplinary focus.

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Support programs at cooperation institutes

Joachim Herz Doctoral College for Law

The doctoral program at Leuphana University of Lüneburg supports nine doctoral students who will conduct research on the relationship between law and social transformation processes over a period of four years.

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Germany Scholarships

With this funding, we support students from the fields of natural sciences, business and medicine. The scholarship is awarded by private sponsors, companies and foundations in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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HIAS - Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study

At HIAS, researchers and artists from all over the world can work on projects of their own choice in a creative atmosphere. We support fellowships for stays of three to nine months at HIAS and thus enable the stay of several visiting scientists from the fields of natural sciences, economics, medicine, law and engineering.

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We are specifically committed to application-oriented research and the transfer of science to society. To this end, we support studies in our thematic areas of business, natural sciences and personal development.

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