Momentum – Funding for First Professionals

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Type of funding: Concepts for the extension of perspectives
up to 1 million euros
Max. 7 years
University professor (s) three to five years after starting her first life professorship
no project funding, short proposal
Additional services: promotion of science education and communication; Additional funding for refugees who have fled
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Goal of the initiative

“Momentum” means the decisive moment or is the English term of physical size for momentum. In this sense, with this initiative scientists are addressed in an early stage after their first lifetime professorship. The goal is to offer them opportunities for the content and strategic development of their professorship in this career phase. In the face of an increasingly short-lived science business, open spaces are to be created for new thinking in research and teaching in everyday university life. The focus of the new funding offer is to strengthen the diversity of research and the creativity of researchers in universities in Germany as well as the strategic development of the respective organizational unit.

support program

The funding offer is aimed at professors three to five years after taking up their first life professorship. It is technically open. Funding is provided for concepts for the strategic and content-related further development of the professorship, which are composed of different support measures. The offer is flexible and can be adapted to the requirements of the respective discipline or location. Excluded from funding are research projects.

Further information on the conditions of the invitation to tender and the application can be found in the information on application 115 (pdf) . Applications (5 pages) will be submitted in electronic form via the application portal.

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