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.

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

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2019.

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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:

  • 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 (Please keep in mind that the last date to place your orders at the Division of Financial Affairs of the University of Konstanz is September 15, 2019. Furthermore, the deadline for paying the bills of the expenditures is October 31, 2019)
  • 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)