Interdisciplinary Collaborative Projects

The funding programme aims at promoting research collaborations between young researchers. An interdisciplinary research project gives grant holders the opportunity to identify and explore new, innovative and/or risky research perspectives with neighbouring disciplines and across disciplines. The grant should facilitate expert-intensive and inspiring research and offer recipients the chance to work together with colleagues from different disciplines, as well as to develop cross-cutting methods and topics.

Who may apply?

The grant may cover consumables, staff (student assistants) or the costs for a scientific retreat.
Young researchers from all faculties of Konstanz University and Fellows of the Zukunftskolleg are invited to apply.


Applications should include the following documents:

  • A description of the scientific objectives that clearly states the interdisciplinary nature of the scientific project (max. 6 pages)
  • A work plan
  • An expenditure plan
  • CVs of the principal investigators involved in the research project (maximum length 3 pages per principal investigator)
  • Proof of the employment or of the scholarship at the University of Konstanz.

    Results of previous calls


    The following projects were funded:

    • "Identification of media bias in news articles using automated frame analysis" – cooperation between Bela Gipp (Dept. Computer and Information Science) & Karsten Donnay (Dept. Politics and Public Administration)
    • "Conceiving an electronic lab notebook using blockchain technology to promote data integrity and reproducibility in scientific research" – cooperation between Michael Kovermann (Associated Fellow/Dept. of Chemistry) & Bela Gipp (Dept. of Computer and Information Science)
    • "Postprandial calorie distribution in the fruit fly Drosophila" – cooperation between Elizabeth Yohannes (Dept. of Biology/Limnology) and Wolf Huetteroth (Dept. of Biology)
    • "How genomic relatedness within and across groups shapes the behaviour of vulturine guineafowl" – cooperation between Damien Farine (Dept. of Biology/Biodiversity and Collective Behaviour) & Robert Kraus and Gisela Kopp (Dept. of Biology/Physical Ecology and Animal Migrations)
    • "Cracking the structural and genetic basis of tooth biomineralization in snail-crushing cichlid fishes" – cooperation between Elena Sturm (Research Fellow/Dept. of Chemistry) & Claudius Kratochwil (Fellow/Dept. of Biology)


    The following projects were funded:

    • "Psychological Determinants of Endurance Performance" – cooperation between Maik Bieleke (Dept. of Psychology) & Wanja Wolff (Dept. of Sports Science)
    • "The Mediating Effect of Mental Health on the Relationship Between War Exposure and Social Capital" – cooperation between Roos van der Haer (Dept. of Politics and Public Administration) & Tobias Hecker (Dept. of Psychology, University of Zurich)
    • "Empracing 'Otherness': Medieval Africa - An Interdisciplinary Collaborative Project" – cooperation between Verena Krebs (Dept. of History and Sociology, Art History) & Christoph Rolker & Felix Girke (both Dept. of History and Sociology, Social and Cultural Anthropology)
    • "Statistical and Machine Learning in the Problems of Computational Chemistry" – cooperation between Oleksandra Kukharenko (Dept. of Chemistry) & Lyudmila Grigoryeva (Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics)


    The following project was funded:

    • "Investigating the Major Photoprotection Mechanism of Diatoms with Ultrafast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy" – cooperation between Bernard Lepetit (Fellow/ Dept. of Biology) & Daniele Brida (Research Fellow/Dept. of Physics)


    The following projects were funded:

    • "Mesocrystals from Magnetic Nanoparticle Assembly: From Structure-Properties Relation to Applications" – cooperation between Elena Sturm (Research Fellow/Dept. of Chemistry) & Torsten Pietsch (Research Fellow/Dept. of Physics)
    • "Looking Inside the ‘Black Box’ of Soil in Plant-Soil Feedback Experiments: Does the Plant Root Microbiome Differ According to Plant Species Identity and Plant Phylogenetic History?" – cooperation between Michael Pester (Research Fellow/Dept. of Biology/Microbiology) & Wayne Dawson (Dept. of Biology/Ecology)
    • "Conducting Large-Scale Surveys Through SMS and Mobile Payments in India" – cooperation between Sebastian Schutte (Postdoctoral Fellow/Dept. of Politics and Public Administration) & Roos van der Haer (Dept. of Politics and Public Administration)


    The following projects were funded:

    • “Feature-Based Extraction of Contentious Actor – Statements from News Narratives” – cooperation between Philip Leifeld (Postdoctoral Fellow/Politics and Public Administration), and Jürgen Lerner (Computer and Information Science)
    • “Helping and Cooperation in a Normative and in a Clinical Population of Children: an Interdisciplinary Investigation” – cooperation between Margarita Stolarova (Research Fellow/of Psychology), Roman Rädle (Computer and Information Science), and Nora Hangel (Cluster of Excellence/Philosophy)
    • “History and Film: Screening the Dictatorial Past in Argentina, Chile and Brazil” – cooperation between Nina Schneider (Postdoctoral Fellow/History and Sociology), and Estela Schindel (Cluster of Excellence/History and Sociology)