Julia Boll (Literature) at the Theatre Konstanz
Julia Boll (Literature) at the Theatre Konstanz

Intersectoral Cooperation Programme

This programme aims to develop cooperations between fellows of the Zukunftskolleg and the non-academic sector. Grants will be given to support cooperations that foster joint research projects with mutual benefits, research dissemination and public outreach initiatives. The programme provides opportunities for researchers to work with industrial partners, companies, social institutions, cultural institutions, archives, public bodies, or non-profit organisations.

Different forms of collaboration are possible as long as the projects can be shown to involve substantial and balanced involvement from all partners and produce mutual benefits. Possible collaborations could take form of (non-exhaustive list): implementation of research projects, tests or experiments, co-production of academic publications, organisation of scientific workshops, conferences or public events, realisation of field studies, development and implementation of teaching courses or planning of exhibitions.

Who may apply?

In line with the multidisciplinary character of the Zukunftskolleg, the programme is open to fellows of the Zukunftskolleg - also in collaboration with non-tenured researchers, holding a PhD (e.g. postdoctoral researchers, research group leaders, junior professors etc.) of the University of Konstanz.


Applications should include:

  • Abstract of the intended project. In case of a positive decision, the abstract will be published on the homepage of the Zukunftskolleg
  • 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
  • Proof of the employment or of the scholarship at the University of Konstanz
  • Timeline for the proposed activities
  • An expenditure plan for the year 2023
  • Proof of cooperation interest of the external partner (i.e. letters of interest)

Researchers who already received funding via the intersectoral programme are not excluded from this call. In case of a planned continuation of the work with the same partner, an additional motivation and report of the outcomes within the first funding period are expected. Applications from new candidates are strongly encouraged.

At the end of the project, we expect a final report on how the project goals were or were not achieved (1 page).

Results of previous calls


The following projects are funded:

  1. "Mapping local electronic properties at nanoscale resolution in halide perovskite thin films" - cooperation between Azhar Fakharuddin (Physics), Andrea Cerrata and Alex Klasen (Park Systems, Mannheim)
  2. "Co-developing a program with Brazilian prisoners and stakeholders to address trauma related mental ill health and facilitate reintegration: a qualitative pilot study in Ponta Grossa (Brazil)" - cooperation between Anke Koebach (Law-Politics), Anke Höffler (Uni Konstanz), Liliana Abreu (Uni Konstanz), Laryssa Angélica Copack Muniz (Ponta Grossa), Glaucia Mayara Niedermeyer Orth (Ponta Grossa), Fernanda Serpeloni (Ministry of Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation), William Daniel de Lima Ribas (Criminial Invesitigation Department), Bruno José Propst (Criminal Investigation Department)
  3. "The Role of Embodiment in the Perception of Human and Artificial Creativity" - cooperation between Caterina Moruzzi (Philosophy), Laura Herman (Oxford Internet Institute) and Aaron Hertzmann (Adobe Research San Francisco)
  4. "Lerntransfer-Booster" - cooperation between Susanne Wisshak (Economics), Jürgen Sammet and Jacqueline Wolf (training provider Dr. Sammet & Wolf)

2021_2nd call

The following projects are funded:

"Lockdown on the Web: The unequal impact of the COVID19 pandemic on people’s web browsing behaviour" - cooperation between Juhi Kulshrestha, Denis Bonnay (industrial partner / Respondi SAS, France), and Marcos Oliveira (academic cooperation partner / University of Exeter, UK)

"Development of multidimensional assessment of Chronic Fatigue for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS), Long-Covid (PwLC) and healthy controls (HC)" - cooperation between Jennifer Randerath (Psychology) and the Kliniken Schmieder Konstanz


The following project is funded:

"Beirut-Sarajevo intersections" - cooperation between Gruia Badescu (History and Sociology) and Sabine El Chamaa (film-maker)


The following project is funded:

"Cognitive behavioural Neuro-Psychotherapy for Patients with neurological disorders (PwND)" - cooperation between Jennifer Randerath (Psychology) and Dominik Klaasen van Husen, Medical Section Head of Psychotherapeutic Neurology, Kliniken Schmieder Konstanz + Dr. Johanna Maier-Karius, Dipl. Psych. Eileen Murray and Jonas Matuschek, Head of Zentrum für Psychotherapie Bodensee, apb Konstanz

2019_2nd call

The following projects were funded:

"Super-hydrophobic powder-coatings for self-cleaning surfaces" - cooperation between Cristina Ruiz Agudo (Chemistry) and the IPG Pulvertechnik AG

2019_1st call

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:

"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:

"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)