Interdisciplinary Collaborative Projects

The funding programme aims to promote research collaborations between postdoctoral researchers (non-tenured). Collaborations between a postdoctoral and a doctoral researcher will be also considered. 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.

The grant may cover consumables, staff (student assistants), the costs for a retreat, a research meeting or a workshop.

The Zukunftskolleg of the University of Konstanz offers up to 5 Grants of up to 10,000 Euro to initiate interdisciplinary collaborative research projects.

Application deadline: 15 February 2020

Who may apply?

In line with the multidisciplinary character of the Zukunftskolleg, the program is open to postdoctoral researchers at the University of Konstanz. Projects involving postdoctoral researchers from other universities are also welcome.


Applications must contain:

  • An abstract and short overview of the scientific objectives of the project (max. 1 page). The description should be written for an interdisciplinary decision-making committee.
  • 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. From the doctoral researchers we expect a confirmation from the supervisors acknowledging the involvement in the interdisciplinary project.

Results of previous calls


The following project was funded:

Open Lab: an open-science platform for online data collection - application by Yury Shevchenko (Psychology)


The following projects were funded:

  • "Investigating mutual regulation by master switches of intestinal cell death and inflammation" – cooperation between Eugenia Delgado (Biological Pharmacy) and Barbara Franke (Biology)
  • "A high-performance closed-loop platform for collective fish behaviour experiments" – coopreation between Liang Li (Biology) and Hanhe Lin (Computer Science)
  • " Modulation of the host nuclear receptor LRH-1 by intestinal microbiota" – cooperation between Anna Pia Plazzo (Biology) and Thomas Böttcher (Chemistry)
  • "Cultural ecosystem services and human well-being in Madagascar under climate change" – cooperation between Mialy Razanajatovo (Biology), Jan Petzold (Geography, Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research Bremen) and Sasha Kosanic (Biology)
  • "The communication network in collective decision-making: How does group structure affect decision dynamics and outcomes?" – cooperation between Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin (Biology) and Helge Giese (Psychology)
  • "Exploring emerging mechanisms of ubiquitin signalling in muscle regulation" – cooperation between Jennifer Flemming (Biology) and Christoph Globisch (Chemistry)
  • "Multifunctional Gold Mesocrystals: How to create light-induced “Switches”?" – cooperation between Elena Sturm (Chemistry) and Dmytro Sysoiev (Biochemistry)


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)