Applications may be submitted by staff members from all departments of the university who have completed at least one doctorate. External researchers and visiting professors at TU Darmstadt are not entitled to submit applications. However, they can be cooperation partners of the project. The application itself has to be submitted in any case by at least two TU-internal researchers from different disciplines. No funds can be granted to external institutions or cooperation partners.
Funding will be provided
(1) the generation of interdisciplinary project work respectively the initiation, improvement, quality assurance and development of interdisciplinary cooperation, e.g. interdisciplinary publications, qualification measures, workshops
(2) Joint projects for the promotion of constitutive interdisciplinary research cooperation, e.g. interdisciplinary PhD groups.
(3) Interdisciplinary research activities which have been extended by new topics.
The Commission organises the evaluation and decides exclusively on the approval of applications. The FiF administrative office provides organisational support to the Commission. The FiF Commission is nominated by the Senate of the TU Darmstadt, is appointed for two years and has an interdisciplinary structure. Draft proposals can be submitted in due time in electronic form to the Interdisciplinary Research Forum at firstname.lastname@example.org-… If you have further questions regarding the call for proposals, please contact the FiF administrative office (Tel. 22130) and the members of the FiF Commission.
The German, draft poposalmaximum six pages, (page.7+ page 8 attachments,, bibliography, explanation, cost schedule), should describe the following aspects:
Explanation, aim and vision of the chosen thematic area in relation to the topic of the call for proposals
- Explanation, aim and vision of the chosen thematic area in relation to the topic of the call for application
- Abstract, maximum 1000 characters without blanks in English
- State of research or deficits
- Methodological background, work plan and integration of the project participants
- Budget requested and context of use (human resources, equipment, other funds)
- Estimated project period
- Prospects for the acquisition of third-party funding must be recognisable and outlined
- Please answer the following questions: If there are any previous activities (publications, theses) on the topic, please mention them briefly. If there are joint publications, please list them. Have you obtained joint third-party funding on the topic within the last 5 years?
When submitting the project draft digitally (stage 1), signatures are not mandatory. If your application is selected for a short presentation (stage 2), the project draft has to be updated according to the feedback from the FiF commission and submitted with a signature. Please use a digital signature or send us the signed cover sheet by internal mail.
The guidelines for the expenditure of state funds apply in principle for the use of funds in the projects.
The research funding proposals received are evaluated in a multi-stage procedure according to the criteria mentioned.
- Step 1: project draft in German (max. six pages) with abstract in English
- Step 2: if necessary, short presentation in front of the FiF commission
- Step 3: project start after positive commission vote
- Step 4: final report and final presentation in front of the FiF commission
Consultative meetings of the authorising committee with applicants are planned after a pre-selection. The FiF commission reserves the right to have applications reviewed by external experts.
External researchers and research institutions
External researchers as well as visiting professors at TU Darmstadt are not allowed to apply. They may be cooperation partners of the project. In any case, the application itself must be made by several interdisciplinary scientists within TU Darmstadt. Funding cannot be granted to external institutions or cooperation partners.
Funding period and sums
In the sense of stimulating new ideas and forming research networks, projects are funded for up to 12 months. In special cases, a “cost-neutral prolongation” can be granted (see point 6). IANUS incubation projects have a fixed duration of 6 months. A “cost-neutral prolongation” is not possible.
Applications that are received after the submission deadline cannot be considered.
The IANUS incubation project
In total, there are two funding lines: for FiF projects and for IANUS projects. The latter differ from the former only in their focus on topics of scientific-technical peace and conflict research. 2022, for the first time, the IANUS funding line will be extended by the so-called IANUS incubation projects.
IANUS incubation projects are intended to build up a consortium and provide an opportunity to discuss topics of scientific and technical peace and conflict research. Exemplary topics for both IANUS formats, additional funding criteria for incubation projects as well as contact persons for your project idea can be found on the . IANUS websites