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ENGAGE.EU Grant Desk

The ENGAGE.EU’s Grant Desk is a virtual knowledge and expertise centre that connects the grant support teams in our partner universities. We are working together in order to optimise the alliance’s acquisition and use of external funding.

The Grant Desk’s main tasks are to:

  • Connect and strengthen our support teams by sharing and building up expertise
  • Map, analyse, and categorise external funding schemes
  • Develop insights in the instruments and ways to use them
  • Communicate opportunities within the alliance and actively support applicants

In this page, you will find external funding opportunities for researchers interested in strengthening their connections with ENGAGE.EU partners. These can be, for instance, grants for organizing events and for research stays or fellowships abroad in one of the partner countries. This list will be updated whenever new opportunities come by.

Funding body and country where the activity will be conducted: Franco-German University (FGU) and Germany and/or France

Objective: Encouraging the exchange of ideas and connecting junior researchers on a Franco-German and European level

Eligible applicants: Professors, in justified cases: postdocs

Fields/Topics: All disciplines

Budget and Costs covered: Total budget ranging from 2,000-15,000€; the grant may be used for part or all of the travel accommodation expenses, and in exceptional cases, for speaker’s honoraria. Additionally, expenses for student assistants involved in the organization of the event and communication/marketing costs associated with the event may also be covered by the grant. Travel and accommodation expenses of participants may also be covered, except for undergraduate participants. 

Duration: Duration may vary depending on the length of the event

3 funding rounds with different deadlines: 15th March 2022, 15th June 2022 or 15th October 2022, application form is to be submitted by email subject line: “Wissenschaftliche Veranstaltungen”) to wissenschaftliche_veranstaltungen@dfh-ufa.org

Documents needed: Application form, submitted by one German professor and one French professor, signed by the management of both universities

Language of application: German and French

Weblink: Click here

Contact person at the host university: katharina.bolle@verwaltung.uni-mannheim.de

Funding body and country where the activity will be conducted: Franco-German University (FGU) and Germany and/or France

Objective: Encouraging the exchange of ideas and connecting young researchers on a Franco-German and European level to better the access to health care in our connected but very different societies

Eligible applicants: The grant is aimed at professors of French and German universities, the participation of university of a third country is encouraged.

Fields/Topics: All disciplines

Budget and Costs covered: Total budget ranging from 2,000-15,000€; the grant may be used for part or all of the travel accommodation expenses, and in exceptional cases, for speaker’s honoraria. Additionally, expenses for student assistants involved in the organization of the event and communication/marketing costs associated with the event may also be covered by the grant. Travel and accommodation expenses of participants may also be covered, except for undergraduate participants. 

Duration: Duration may vary depending on the length of the event.

Deadline and Application procedure: 3 funding rounds with following deadlines: 15 March 2022, 15 June 2022 or 15 October 2022, application form is to be submitted by email subject line: “One Health”) to wissenschaftliche_veranstaltungen@dfh-ufa.org

Documents needed: Application form, submitted by one German professor and one French professor, signed by the management of both universities

Language of application: German and French

Weblink: Click here

Contact person at the host university: katharina.bolle@verwaltung.uni-mannheim.de

Funding body and country where research will be conducted: FWF (Austrian Science Fund), Austria

Objective: ESPRIT aims to foster the career development of researchers from all disciplines by carrying out an independent research project as principal investigator at an Austrian research institute. The principal investigator will be supported in his/her skills and career development by a mentor.

The objectives of ESPRIT are:

–        to promote excellent, innovative research,

–        to retain, attract, and win back outstanding researchers and thus strengthen Austrian research institutes,

–        to support outstanding women researchers,

–        to promote career and skills development (develop/establish own research profile based on an independent research project),

to enhance career prospects (boost competitiveness through publications, collaborations, and increased visibility).

Eligible applicants: Highly qualified postdocs from all disciplines at the beginning of their academic career (doctoral degree awarded no more than five years prior to the time of application)

Fields/Topics: All disciplines

–        Budget and Costs covered: Principal investigator’s salary

–        Project-specific costs of €15,000 per year (lump sum) or up to a maximum of €25,000 per year (application must include a justification for the higher amount of funding)

Duration: 36 months (cannot be extended)

Deadline and Application procedure: No deadlines, on a rolling basis (single application)

Documents needed from host institution: In the case of approved ESPRIT projects, a declaration of support from the proposed mentor, including the original signature, must also be submitted to the FWF together with the funding agreement.

Language of application: English

Weblink: Click here 

Contact person at the host university: WU Research Service Center: beate.hareter@wu.ac.at

Recurrence: No deadlines, on a rolling basis

Funding body and country where research will be conducted: Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Austria (and partly abroad)

Objective: APART-GSK is a funding programme for excellent junior scholars in the humanities and the social and cultural sciences (GSK) in the first post-doc phase of their careers. The programme seeks to offer opportunities for extraordinary young researchers on the path to scholarly independence to acquire open-topic funding by themselves and with their own research ideas.
The aim is to support successful applicants in preparing their next important career step (“second book” or habilitation).

Eligible applicants: Applications are invited from post-docs from Austria and abroad up to a maximum of three years after receipt of their doctorate who can already demonstrate outstanding publications.

Fields/Topics: The humanities and the social and cultural sciences (GSK)

Budget and Costs covered: The level of funding (= personnel costs) amounts to EUR 70,000 gross/gross per annum.

Each year, additional funding amounting to a maximum of EUR 12,000 can be applied for in order to finance project-specific travel and materials expenses (e.g. publications in open access journals, coaching or personal development courses, etc.).

A subsidy of up to 2.000 Euros per annum is available for childcare.

Duration: 36 or 48 months

Deadline and Application procedure: Annual deadline, single stage application

–        Documents needed from host institution:

–        Confirmation of a workplace, i.e. confirmation of the possibility to use facilities and resources of the department or research institution if necessary for undertaking the research project

–        An (informal) invitation from the host institute if a stay abroad is planned as part of the fellowship

–        Demonstration of approval necessary for the research project (e.g. declaration of clearance by the Commission for Ethics)

Language of application: German, English

Weblink: Click here 

Contact person at the host university: WU Research Service Center: beate.hareter@wu.ac.at

Recurrence: Annual deadline

Funding body and country where research will be conducted: Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Austria (and partly abroad)

Objective: The Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities (JESH) programme is a mobility scheme offering substantial support for promising young scholars in all fields of research. JESH offers an incoming programme for researchers from 55 different focus countries as well as an outgoing programme for Austrian researchers.

Eligible applicants: Candidates who completed their doctorate/PhD studies no more than 10 years ago and are affiliated with a university or non-university research institution in one of the focus countries (JESH Incoming) or Austria (JESH Outgoing).

Fields/Topics: All fields of research

Budget and Costs covered: JESH covers travel and accommodation expenses for a research stay of at least 1 month and a maximum of 6 months. Other project-related expenses or overheads are not covered.

Accommodation expenses are paid at a flat rate of EUR 2,700 per month.

Duration: 1-6  months

Deadline and Application procedure: Annual deadline, single stage application

Documents needed from host institution: Statement by the host institution including an outline of the proposed cooperation, an assessment of the pre-existing contacts with the applicant, the reason for the invitation, and the potential long-term effects and impact in the respective focus country.

Language of application: English

Weblink: Click here 

Contact person at the host university: WU Research Service Center: beate.hareter@wu.ac.at

Recurrence: Annual deadline

Funding body and country where research will be conducted: Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Austria

Objective: Promoting basic research projects aimed at advancing the state of research on central banking topics, with a special emphasis on selected focus areas

Eligible applicants: PostDocs

Fields/Topics: Central banking topics, with a special emphasis on selected focus areas

Budget and Costs covered: Total funding for project proposals submitted to the OeNB Anniversary Fund is limited to EUR 250,000. The minimum funding amount is EUR 50,000.

Costs covered: personnel costs, material costs, travel costs, equipment costs, costs for external project work (commissioning of third parties), costs for project website, print and publication costs, costs for presentation of project results

Duration: Max. 4 years

Deadline and Application procedure: 23 March 2022 at 12.00 pm CEST

two deadlines/year (single application)

Documents needed from host institution: As a sign of the research institution’s agreement, a project data sheet must be signed by an authorized representative of the research institution (only at project start)

Language of application: German, English

Weblink: Click here

Contact person at the host university: WU Research Service Center: beate.hareter@wu.ac.at

Recurrence: Two deadlines/year

Funding body and country where research will be conducted: FWF (Austrian Science Fund), Austria

Objective: Researchers should be given the long-term and extensive financial security to plan their research and either build up or consolidate their own research groups thereby qualifying themselves for a leading position in the academic system (especially as university professors within Austria or abroad). 

Eligible applicants: Outstanding young researchers of any discipline with two or more years research experience as Postdoc.

Fields/Topics: All disciplines

Budget and Costs covered: Minimum €800.000 up to maximum €1.2 Mio.

Costs covered: Personnel costs (also grant salary for principal investigator), equipment costs, material costs, travel costs, costs as part of national and international cooperation arrangements, Independent contracts for work and services, open access costs

Duration: 6 years, an interim review after 3 years decides on continuation

Deadline and Application procedure: 20 September 2022 at 14.00 pm CEST

Annual deadline (single application), interview

Documents needed from host institution: A letter of recommendation from the head or the group leader of the research institute, where the project will be hosted.

Language of application: English

Weblink: Click here

Contact person at the host university: WU Research Service Center: beate.hareter@wu.ac.at

Recurrence: Annual deadline

If you are interested in other types of opportunities, such as funding for consortia formed with ENGAGE.EU partner universities, please contact us via the form at the bottom of this page. You are very welcome to contact the ENGAGE.EU’s Grant Desk for more information, or to contribute suggestions or ideas.

ENGAGE.EU Grant Desk team:

Catarina Guzzo Falci, Tilburg University (coordinator)

Rossitza Velinova, UNWE

Reinhard Sefelin, WU

Isabell Ludewig, Mannheim University

Clémence Leduc, Université Toulouse

Giovanni Vassallo, Luiss

Astrid Foldal, NHH

You are very welcome to contact ENGAGE.EU’s Grant Desk via our contact form below for more information, to contribute suggestions or ideas, or to actively explore funding opportunities.