IANUS funding line

IANUS funding line interdisciplinary research at TU Darmstadt

First research of the IANUS funding line in the funding initiative of the Forum for Interdisciplinary Research

Call for applications

Call for applications 2023

In total, there are two funding lines: for FiF-Projectsand for IANUS projects. The latter differ from the former only in their focus on topics of scientific-technical peace and conflict research.

You will find information on the 2023 project call here as soon as it is available.

Exemplary topics for IANUS projects and incubation projects are:

  • Dual use aspects/goods (e.g. from sensitive electronics, computer science, physics and chemistry)
  • Addressing causes of conflict (e.g. cyber war)
  • Aspects of nuclear, biological and chemical disarmament/armament industry
  • Civil-military ambivalences of science and technology
  • Sustainable security research (e.g. critical infrastructures, responsible energy supply, cyber security)
  • Accountability of technologies (among others autonomous systems)
  • Digital sovereignty
  • Trust issues in relation to (new) technologies
  • • Research on climatic changes and the conflict potential arising from them

For further questions regarding the call for applications, please contact FiF office (fif@fif.tudarmstadt.de) or the members of the FiF Commission. For any questions regarding IANUS funding, please contact Alfred Nordmann, Markus Lederer or Christian Reuter.

Funding line IANUS projects

IANUS projects can be applied for in the same way as FiF projects. In principle, the same funding criteria for FiF projects also apply to IANUS projects. A precondition, however, is a reference to scientific-technical peace and conflict research.

Duration of the funding
Projects can be funded for a limited period of up to 12 months. A cost-neutral extension is possible by submitting a written statement of reasons prior to the expiry of the granted funding period.

Funding for research projects
According to the DFG guidelines (“Hinweise zur Bezahlung von Promovierenden” (DFG form 55.02-05/20)), funding of up to 100,000 euros can be claimed. The funding is based on the possibility of financing two PhD students with a 65% position for one year or one PostDoc working in both (or more participating) research groups with a 100% position for one year. In any case, it is essential to illustrate the interdisciplinary communication between the disciplines during the work process. The cost centre (project number) is automatically closed at the end of the funding period and remaining funds are collected.

Funding criteria for IANUS research projects

  • Scientific quality, originality and innovative approach
  • Participation of different disciplines appropriate to the research subject and proper consideration of the relevant professional discourse
  • Importance for the priority setting at TU Darmstadt, in particular also visibility within and outside the university
  • Necessity of funding and adequacy of need as well as prospects for subsequent funding through third-party funds
  • Presentation of the content-related qualification goals
  • Feedback and connection to teaching
  • Contribution to the reduction of social or global conflicts, to the promotion or securing of peaceful coexistence

Funded IANUS projects

IT Research of Concern. Evaluation of dual-use risks in software development (2019 – 2021)

Proliferation resistant design of fusion reactors Contribution to the development of an effective and fair nuclear order for the 21st century. (2008 – 2011).

Competition and conflict about natural resources Strategies for securing peace. (2008 – 2009)