Veranstaltung Perspektive 2020
Veranstaltung Perspektive 2020

Performance-based funding at the University of Konstanz

Responsibilities and goals of the AFF and internal research funds

The Committee on Research (AFF) supports the development of the university’s research profile. It reviews internal proposals for performance-based start-up and co-financing of research projects and submits funding recommendations to the Rectorate. It is chaired by the Vice-rector for Research and Academic Staff Development.

The AFF allocates funds solely based on performance. All funds allocated for the basic funding of professorships or the promotion of junior researchers from the university budget and the German Excellence Initiative are distributed by the AFF through a competitive review and assessment process. The only selection criterion is the scientific and academic performance of the applicants. Only professors and outstanding post-doctoral researchers from the University of Konstanz can apply for these funds.

The university’s Research Support team informs you about current calls for proposals on its website and in the research news.

AFF funding programmes

Main call

Professors and outstanding postdoctoral researchers at the University of Konstanz can apply for project-based funding to cover costs for student assistants and consumables as well as dissertation completion funding. Applications may be submitted to

– the annual main call, deadline 15 October or to
– the supplementary call for new university members, deadline 15 June.

You cannot apply for funding from AFF and from YSF at the same time.

Currently, there are no open calls. For your information, here are the application documents from the last, closed call:

Dissertation completion funding

Supervisors can apply for dissertation completion grants (50% TV-L E 13 staff position for up to three months) to support their doctoral researchers in the final stage of their thesis work. Proposals usually form part of the AFF annual or supplementary call, but can also stand alone.

In the informal proposal, please justify the need for funding and provide a detailed work plan for the funding period.

Outside the call deadlines, please send your proposal as a single PDF file electronically to the AFF email address.

Research Infrastructure / Major Research Instrumentation (primarily in Section 1)

The Research Infrastructure call aims to provide large scientific equipment primarily for the departments in Section 1. In 2018, one or two large instruments (minimum costs of 200,000 Euro each) can be purchased.

The instrumentation must primarily serve research purposes and may not be part of the university's basic infrastructure ("Grundausstattung"). All approved equipment has to be bought in 2018, the funds are not transferable. The AFF especially invites proposals that serve multiple colleagues and work groups. This shall be addressed in the usage concept.

Proposals must be submitted digitally as one single PDF-file through your department to the Committee on Research ( and must include the following information:

  1. Information concerning the applicant, requested equipment, and aim of the purchase. Please also fill in the relevant parts of the DFG form "Beschaffungsantrag" (see below) and follow the outline of attachments given in the form when writing the proposal. Should your proposal be selected for funding, these attachments have to be ready in order to purchase the equipment in time.
  2. Operating and usage concept with information concerning existing staff and lab space available to run the equipment (max. 5-10 pages).
  3. Cost estimate and comparative offers.

The department shall collect all proposals and forward them together with a brief statement and ranking electronically to the Committee on Research ( by 15 March 2018.

Call document German / English
Attachment: DFG-form "Beschaffungsantrag" (in German)

Start-up funding for Research Initiatives (primarily in Sections 2 and 3)

The start-up funding for Research Initiatives aims to support groups that are prepar-ing a major collaborative research project. The grant shall encourage the applicants to submit a proposal to an external funding agency in the foreseeable future (i. e. DFG Collaborative Research Centres, Research Training Groups, or Research Units, BMBF- and EU-collaborative research projects).

The call invites applications primarily from Sections 2 and 3. In 2018, funds of up to 500,000 Euro are available. The funds are not transferable.

Proposals must be submitted digitally as one single PDF-file to the Committee on Research ( by 15 March 2018 and must include the following information:

  1. Basic data (title, name(s) of the coordinator(s), participating units, participating project leaders, if feasible, list of planned projects).
  2. Research programme and long-term research goals. Please provide information concerning the impact of the planned research within your field and the group's implementation at the University of Konstanz. How does the proposed research initiative address gender and diversity issues? How does it support early career researchers? (max. 5-10 pages).
  3. Outlook on the proposed Research Initiative's chances to be funded externally through a major collaborative research programme (max. 1 page).
  4. Budget.
  5. Research profiles of the contributing researchers (max. 2 pages each).

Call document German / English

Prize of the Dr K. H. Eberle Foundation at the University of Konstanz

The Dr K. H. Eberle Foundation awards an annual prize to support research at the University of Konstanz. In keeping with the donor's wishes, the prize money is awarded in a highly performance-based competition. The aim is to actuate cutting-edge, innovative and bold research projects, thereby enhancing the research profile and the continued development of the University of Konstanz.

Applications were due  7 January 2018. The awardee will be named in May. The next call shall be advertised by the end of the year.

Young Scholar Fund (YSF) Bridge Fellowship

The Young Scholar Fund Bridge Fellowship aims to support excellent postdoctoral researchers who have recently submitted a proposal to fund their own position as principal investigator at the University of Konstanz with an external funding agency. In order to bridge the time until the proposal has been approved, you may apply for up to 6 months of intermediary funding for your own position (100% TVL 13).

This is an open call. Proposals can be submitted at any time. All approved grants have to be spent in 2018 and are not transferable.

Proposals must be submitted digitally as one single PDF-file to the Committee on Research ( and must include the following information:

  1. Brief statement on the relevance of funding for your career including a work programme for the requested funding period (max. 2 pages).
  2. CV with information concerning your previous employment and end date of your current work contract.
  3. Statement from the department concerning the urgency of funding and commitment to provide the necessary work space and resources should the proposal be granted (please use the form below).
  4. Copy of the external proposal and receipt of the funding agency (the submission date shall be within the last three months and the funding decision has to be still open when you are applying for the Bridge fellowship).

The AFF will evaluate your proposal within 4-6 weeks.

Call document German / English
Attachment: Statement from the department (in German)

Young Scholar Fund (YSF): Open call up to 10,000 Euro

The university launched the Young Scholar Fund (YSF) to support its outstanding postdoctoral researchers. Grants are provided through the German Excellence Initiative. The Committee on Research (AFF) evaluates the proposals.

In 2018, proposals of up to 10,000 Euro can be submitted at any time. They are reviewed by the AFF and in approximately four to eight weeks, you will receive notification of the committee's final decision. All approved grants have to be spent in 2018 and are not transferable.

Proposals shall be short and concise and have to include the following information:

  • Project description with time schedule and budget justification (1-5 pages)
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • If the applicant has been supported by the YSF before, a short statement on the results of previous funding (e.g. submitted / successful proposals for external funding) is mandatory.

Proposals must be submitted digitally as one single PDF-file to the Committee on Research (

For further information, please check the YSF guidlines 2018.

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