Intersectoral Cooperation Programme

This programme aims at developing cooperation between postdoctoral researchers and the non-academic sector. Grants are given to support cooperation that fosters joint research projects with mutual benefits, research dissemination and public outreach initiatives. The programme provides opportunities for junior researchers to work with industrial partners, companies, social institutions, cultural institutions, archives, public bodies, or non-profit organisations.

The Zukunftskolleg of the University of Konstanz offers up to 3 Grants of up to 10,000 €

Application deadline: 15 February 2020

Who may apply?

Young researchers from all faculties of Konstanz University and Fellows of the Zukunftskolleg are invited to apply.


Applications should include the following documents:

  • Detailed description of the intended project including an abstract (max. 3 pages) explaining the theoretical and practical goals and objectives of the collaboration, the motivation for the cooperation and the specific choice of partners, resulting mutual benefits, potential for longer term cooperation (if applicable), and public impact (if applicable).
  • Short profiles of partner institutions and individual partners or project teams
  • Curriculum vitae and list of most relevant publications of the applicant; maximum 3 pages
  • Proof of the employment or of the scholarship at the University of Konstanz
  • Timeline for the proposed activities
  • Detailed expenditure plan
  • Proof of cooperation interest of the external partner (i.e. letters of interest)

Results of previous calls


The following projects were funded:

Super-hydrophobic powder-coatings for self-cleaning surfaces - cooperation between Cristina Ruiz Agudo (Chemistry) and the IPG Pulvertechnik AG
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The following projects were funded:

  • "The art of expeditionary science: Asia in the images of the Schlagintweit Brothers"
    - cooperation between Moritz von Brescius (History) and the Alpines Museum, Munich
  • "The impact of sustainability ratings on corporations and investment performance"
    - coperation between Torsten Twardawski (Economics) and Inrate AG


The following projects were funded:

  • "The art of chemistry: Colouring with nanoparticles"
    - cooperation between Dennis Pingen (Dept. of Chemistry) and Desiree Wevers (designer/MA-DE Design & Education)
  • "100 spectres"
    - cooperation between Gianluca Rastelli (Dept. of Physics), Dennis Pingen (Dept. of Chemistry), Andrea Lailach-Hennrich (Dept. of Philosophy) and Sarah Bildstein (artist and art historian)
  • "The music of language, technology and desire"
    - cooperation between James Griffiths (Dept. of Linguistics), Udith Dematagoda (Dept. of Literature) and Adam Campbell (sound artist)


The following project was funded:

  • "The art of expeditionary science: Asia in the images of the Schlagintweit Brothers" – cooperation between Moritz von Brescius (Dept. of History) and the Alpine Museum, Munich

  • "Animal Collective - A compendium of interactive projects that showcase the fascinating spectacle of collective animal behaviour"– cooperation between Jolle Wolter Jolles (Associated Fellow/Dept. of Biology) and Toer (Art-Design Studio, Netherlands)


The following project was funded:

  1. "From Development to Application: An Approach to Bridging the Difficulties of Translational Research" – cooperation between Jennifer Randerath (Research Fellow/Psychology) and the Kliniken Schmieder


The following project was funded:

  1. “The Study of Early Colonialism in the Pacific: Archaeology in Small Islands, History of Global Processes” – cooperation between María Cruz Berrocal (Research Fellow/History and Sociology), and Dr. Beatriz Robledo Sanz (Head of the Department of Ethnology, Museo de América, Madrid)