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

AFF main call: deadline 15 October

Professors and outstanding postdoctoral researchers at the University of Konstanz can apply for project-based funding to cover costs for student assistants and material resources 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, the main call for 2020-2021 is open. Please use the application documents provided below. The form works best when filled in on a computer which runs on a Windows operating system:

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.

Infrastructure programme + Research initiatives

In the context of the infrastructure programme and the start-up funding for research initiatives, the following funding measures could be supported in 2019:

  • Equipment and infrastructure including data sets as well as funding for workshops and conferences in Konstanz.
  • Person months (from 1.02.2019 to 31.10.2019) for the start-up funding of new research projects.

Future calls shall be advertised on this website and in the newsletter "Forschungsnachrichten".

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 next call shall be advertised on this website and in the newsletter "Forschungsnachrichten".

Young Scholar Fund (YSF)

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.

The next YSF calls shall be advertised on this website early in 2020. Meanwhile, to stay informed on current calls for proposals subscribe to the newsletter "Forschungsnachrichten" (research news) or get in touch with the Research Support team.

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