Independent Research Grant

The funding programme aims to promote independent research by postdocs at the University of Konstanz. We especially encourage researchers in the early phase of their career to apply. The Zukunftskolleg invites applications for financial support of up to EUR 7,000 for projects that help the individual applicant attain scientific independence.

In particular, we encourage applications to support exploration of new ideas and in carrying out pilot projects. The grant may cover consumables, equipment, travel costs and student research assistants. Funding of doctoral or postdoctoral positions is excluded.

Application

Applications should be in English and should not exceed a total of 12 pages. They must contain:

  • Motivation letter including an explanation of how the project fosters the scientific independence of the applicant
  • Abstract of the research proposal. In case of a positive decision, the abstract will be published on the homepage of the Zukunftskolleg
  • A brief description of the project’s scientific objectives (max. 3 pages)[1].
    The description should be written for an interdisciplinary decision-making committee.
  • An explanation of how the project fosters the scientific independence of the applicant
  • Expenditure plan for the year 2022
  • A brief CV
  • Proof of the employment or of the scholarship at the University of Konstanz.

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

[1] During the time of Corona pandemic, many research projects had their trajectories hindered due to strained communication with colleagues, collaboration partners and research participants. Please pay attention to the potential disruptions when preparing the work plan for the proposed collaboration.

Results of previous calls

2022

The following researchers and initiatives are funded in 2022:

  1. Jan Bartsch (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Project title: A Monte Carlo framework for optimal control problems governed by multi-species plasma models
    Funding: 6.452,00 €
  2. Anamaria Bentea (Linguistics)
    Project title: Gender agreement in native and L2 French processing: Effects of structure and linear distance
    Funding: 6.901,60 €
  3. Saswati Ganguly (Physics)
    Project title: Statistical mechanics of non-equilibrium processes in defect-rich ordered solids
    Funding: 6.708,80 €
  4. Eva Lievens (Biology)
    Project title: The effect of parasite dose on within-host dynamics: patterns and prediction through meta-analysis
    Funding: 4.966,00 €
  5. Lars-Jochen Thoms (History)
    Project title: digiKON - Digital Knowledge of Science Students at University of Konstanz
    Funding: 6.933,60 €
  6. Mikhail Volkov (Physics)       
    Project title: Structural dynamics of chemically engineered 2D materials
    Funding: 6.928,00 €
  7. Sidney Carls-Diamante (Philosophy)
    Project title: Creative drive in bipolar disorder
    Funding: 1.500 €

2021_2nd call

The following researchers and initiatives are funded in 2021/2022:

  1. Maik Bieleke (Sports Science)
    Research project: Developing and validating a scale for assessing individual differences in the inclination towards physical effort – “Need for Physical Effort” (NPE)
    Funding: 6875,7 €
     
  2. Aneesh Bose (Biology/CASCB)
    Research project: Kin selection versus ecology in determining the structure of complex animal societies
    Funding: 6990,4 €
     
  3. Anna Czypionka (Linguistics)
    Research project: The role of timing and inter-individual variation in NPI licensing illusions;
    Funding: 5.100 € in 2021 and 750 € in 2022
     
  4. Ana Isabel del Arco Ochoa (Biology)
    Research project: Microbial-mediated protection against virus infections Funding: 6984 €
     
  5. Mohsen Jenadeleh (Computer and Information Science)
    Research project: Visually lossless compression for JND-based video quality assessment using crowdsourcing
    Funding: 6791,2 €
     
  6. Ana Isabel Lopez Garcia (Politics and Public Administration)
    Research project: Migration, Tax evasion and Bribery: Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment in Mexico
    Funding: 6.724 €
     
  7. Elnaz Rashidian Nejad (History)
    Research project: Revisiting Firuzabad (South Fars, Iran); a complementary study of material culture and reassessment of published and unpublished material.
    Funding: 700€ for the year 2021 and 5.800 € for 2022

  8. Andreas Spitz (Computer and Information Science)
    Research project: Crowdsourcing the Collection and Identification of Predatory Academic Junk Mail
    Funding: 4.550 € in 2021 and 2.366 € in 2022

2021

The following researchers and initiatives are funded in 2021:

  1. Rory Archer (History)
    Research project: Between opportunity and crises: A Oral History of Serbian labour migration to Greece (1990-2010).
    Funding: 2.340,00 euros
  2. Hanja Brandl (Biology/CASCB)
    Research project: Correlating early life and present stress to differences in aggression in a group living bird, the Siberian jay
    Funding: 6.557 euros
  3. Diana Galos (Sociology)
    Research project: New Tools in the HiringProcess? Social Media and Discriminationbased on Social Class
    Funding: 5.375 euros
  4. Javier Martinez Canto (Politics and Public Administration)
    Research project: The political representation of left-behindplaces
    Funding: 5.324,40 euros
  5. Luca Mechelli (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Research project: Efficient model order reduction for modelpredictive control of non-linearinput-output dynamical systems
    Funding: 6.200,20 euros
  6. Georg Müller (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Research project: Efficient Simulation of a Spatiotemporal SIR Model
    Funding: 5.825 euros
  7. Baiba Renerte (Economics)
    Research project: From Homo Economicus to Homo Prospectus: Bringing “cathedral thinking” to the boardroom
    Funding: 5.760 euros
  8. Joanna Ruszkiewicz (Biology)
    Research project: NAD+supplementation in the protection against genotoxic stress in vivo
    Funding: 6.990 euros
  9. Katrin Vogt (Biology)
    Research project: Deciphering the neural circuit underlying decision making in responseto conflicting cues
    Funding: 7.000 euros
  10. Susanne Wisshak (Economics)
    Research project: tba
    Funding: 6.820 euros

2020

The following researchers and initiatives were funded in 2020:

  1. Liam Beiser-McGrath (Politics and Public Administration)
    Research project: The Political Economy of Technological Innovation and Climate Change
    Funding: 7.000 euros
  2. Vlad Demartsev (Biology)
    Research project: Remote acoustic grooming in meerkats: selectivity of response and turn-taking efficiency as a function of social tie strength
    Funding: 3.050 euros
  3. Stephanie Dimitroff (Psychology)
    Research project: The effect of early life adversity on relaxation experiences as indexed by psychophysiological reactivity
    Funding: 6.845 euros
  4. Guillermo González-Rubio (Chemistry)
    Research project: Laser-Assisted Synthesis of Colloidal Alloy Nanoparticles
    Funding: 6789,85 euros
  5. David Koll (Economics)
    Research project: The impact of divorce laws in the short and long run
    Funding: 6.900 euros
  6. Sebastian Krapp (Mathematics)
    Research project: Analysis without the Archimedean Property
    Funding: 2.706 euros
  7. Philipp M. Lutscher (Politics and Public Administration)
    Research project: Propaganda in Crisis-Ridden Autocracies
    Funding: 3.500 euros
  8. Bing Ni (Chemistry)
    Research project: Transformation of amorphous metal sulfides into well-defined crystalline nanostructures via a secondary nucleation mechanism
    Funding: 6.948 euros
  9. Claudia Pogoreutz (Biology)
    Research project: Characterizing antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of shark skin bacterial isolates
    Funding: 6.092 euros
  10. Katharina Zahner (Linguistics)
    Research project: Getting the question: How German infants acquire intonational contrasts
    Funding: 6.594 euros

The following initiatives were prolonged in 2021 due to the Corona pandemic limitations:

  1. Vlad Demartsev (Biology)
    Research project: Remote acoustic grooming in meerkats: selectivity of response and turn-taking efficiency as a function of social tie strength
    Funding: 3.050 euros
  2. Guillermo González-Rubio (Chemistry)
    Research project: Laser-Assisted Synthesis of Colloidal Alloy Nanoparticles
    Funding: 6789,85 euros
  3. Claudia Pogoreutz (Biology)
    Research project: Characterizing antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of shark skin bacterial isolates
    Funding: 6.092 euros

2018

The following researchers and initiatives were funded in 2018:

  1. ​Ariane Bertogg (History and Sociology)
    Research project: Spousal Influence on Retirement Timing in Europe
    Funding:  1,140 euros
  2. Caroline Bonnes (Economics)
    Research project: Approaches to Teaching of Workplace Trainers – A Video Study
    Funding: 3,694 euros
  3. Samuel Carleial (Psychology)
    Research project: Programming the Event Checklist Threats to Human Life Scale as a Smartphone and Tablet Application​
    Funding: 4,740 euros
  4. M. Eugenia Delgado (Biology)
    Research project: LRH1/NF-kB Interactions and their Role in the Regulation of Intestinal Tissue Homeostasis
    Funding:  5,000 euros
  5. Tim Kuhlmann (Psychology)
    Research project: Smartphone Sensor Data: What Information Does It Provide for Social Scientists?
    Funding:  4,905 euros
  6. ​Javier Lazaro Tapia (Biology)
    Research project: ​Development of a System to Monitor Heart Rate, Body Temperature, Activity and Movement in Wild Hedgehogs
    Funding:  4,463 euros
  7. ​Liang Li (Biology)
    Research project:​ Quantitive Analysis of Energy Cost of Schooling Fish with High Fidelity Robotic Fish Model
    Funding:  4,990 euros
  8. Yanjie Liu (Biology)
    Research project: Does Artificial Light at Night Promote on Plant Invasion? ​
    Funding:  4,450 euros
  9. Melanie Nagel (Politics and Public Administration)
    Research project: ​Knowledge Transfer in Climate Policy
    Funding:  2,461 euros
  10. Melisa Olave (Biology)
    Research project: The Genomic Landscape of Hybridization
    ​ Funding:  4,987 euros
  11. ​Mialy Razanajatovo (Biology)
    Research project: ​Is Heterospecific Pollen Transfer More Frequent between Phylogenetically Related and Functionally Similar Alien and Native Species?
    ​Funding:  5,000 euros

2017_2nd call

The following researchers and initiatives were funded in 2017:

  1. Doris Forster (Law)
    Research project: The Legal Need of Publicity in Private Law
    Funding: 4,874 euros
  2. Hanhe Lin (Computer and Information Science)
    Research project: Paired Comparison for Subjective IQA via Crowdsourcing
    Funding:  5,000 euros
  3. Taniesha Burke (Psychology)
    Research project: Children’s Perspectives of their Covert and Overt Resistance Strategies to Parental Requests and Rules
    Funding: 3,047 euros
  4. Morgane Nouvian (Biology)
    Research project: Association vs. Improved Detection: Dissecting the Mechanisms of Learning
    Funding: 4,793 euros
  5. Peter Haffke (Psychology)
    Research project: On the Effects of (Deficient) Color Perception on Aesthetic Preference Judgments
    Funding: 4,322 euros
  6. Cristina Ruiz Agudo (Chemistry)
    Research project: Damage to Concrete Structures Due to Sodium Carbonate Crystallization
    Funding: 4,993 euros
  7. Andra Toader (Politics and Public Administration)
    Research project: Transforming Dissimilar Mental Models into Creative Outcomes Using Conceptual Combination
    Funding: 4,363 euros
  8. Vlad Hosu (Computer and Information Science)
    Research project: Adaptive Crowdsourcing Strategies for Effective Quality Assessments of Large Multimedia Datasets
    Funding: 3,000 euros

2017_1st call

The following researchers and initiatives were funded in 2017:

  1. Georgiana Caltais (Computer and Information Science)
    Research project: Generation of Causes through Automata Learning (GCAL)
    Funding: 3,000 euros
  2. Doris Forster (Law)
    Research project: The Legal History of Comparative Law - Reasons for Theory and Methods in Practice in Past, Present and Future
    Funding: 3,000 euros
  3. Maria Hidgévi (History)
    Research project: Energy Efficiency and Mobility in Hungary 1968-1989: Knowledge Management and Business Innovation
    Funding: 2,980 euros
  4. Andreas Kautt (Biology)
    Research project: Revealing Genome-Wide Divergence at the Earliest Stages of Sympatric Speciation in Midas Cichlids by Whole-Genome-Resequencing
    Funding: 3,000 euros
  5. Hanhe Lin (Computer and Information Science)
    Research project: UKID: A Large-Scale Natural Image Quality Database
    Funding:  2,500 euros
  6. Philip Rathgeb (Politics and Public Administration)
    Research project: When Populism meets Capitalism: The Distributive Policy Impact of the Radical Right in Europe
    Funding:  3,000 euros
  7. Alexandra Zinke (Philosophy)
    Research project: Dimensions of Doubt: On Suspending Judgment
    Funding: 3,000 euros

2016

The following researchers and initiatives were funded in 2016:

  1. Hannah Burger (Biology)
    Research project: Chemical Communication and Speciation in the Bee Taxa Colletes
    Funding: 3,060 euros
  2. Daniel Münch (Biology)
    Research project: Modification of Drosophila Food Selection Behavior by Modulation of Labeled Line Olfactory Sensory Neurons
    Funding: 2,976.80 euros
  3. Geoffroy Aubry (Physics)
    Research project: Multiple Light Scattering in a Disordered Assembly of Monodisperse High Refracting Index Nanospheres
    Funding: 3,000 euros
  4. Tina Bögel (Linguistics)
    Research project: How Frequency Influences the Strength of Prosodic Boundaries
    Funding: 2,570 euros
  5. Georgiana Caltais (Computer and Information Science)
    Research project: Causality Checking in Software-Defined Networks (CSDN)
    Funding: 3,000 euros
  6. Amber Makowicz (Biology)
    Research project: Mechanisms of Kin Recognition in a Unisexual Fish
    Funding: 3,000 euros
  7. Verena Seibel (Sociology)
    Funding for conducting a vignette pilot study about welfare chauvinism among immigrants
    Funding: 2,878.65 euros
  8. Andreas Weiler (Computer and Information Science)
    Funding for designing an evaluation toolkit for Twitter event detection techniques,
    Funding: 2,952.72 euros

2015

The following researchers and initiatives were funded in 2015:

  1. Georgiana Caltais (Computer and Information Science)
    Research project: A Process Algebraic Approach to Causality Checking (PAACC)
    Funding: 3,000 euros
  2. Louis-Solal Giboin (Sports Science)
    Research project: Understanding the Neural Control of Balance
    Funding: 1,740 euros
  3. Annette Hautli-Janisz (Linguistics)
    Research project: Debating in The Economist – An Automatic Discourse Analysis
    Funding: 3,000 euros
  4. James Odendal (Chemistry and Physics)
    Research project: Dynamic Non-Equilibrium Self-Assembly vs. Static Self-Assembly
    Funding: 3,000 euros
  5. Astrid Rohwedder (Biology)
    Research project: The Role of RNA in Memory and Learning
    Funding: 2,600 euros
  6. Ioana Salvarina (Biology)
    Research project: Past Diet of African Small Mammals Revealed with Stable Isotopes on Museum Collections
    Funding: 3,000 euros
  7. Gudrun Winter (Biology)
    Research project: Biochemical and Physiological Characterization of Arginine Degrading Enzymes in Arabidopsis
    Funding: 3,000 euros
  8. Thomas Woehler (Sociology)
    Research project: Development of a Software Tool which Facilitates Geocoding with OSM Data
    Funding: 2,320 euros
  9. Maria Zhukova (Literature)
    Research project: TV-Discourse in Film and Literature in 1960-90th in Russia
    Funding: 1,890 euros