Start-up financing for VNU collaborative research

Start-up financing for VNU collaborative research

In 2019 and 2020, the Association of North German Universities (VNU) is funding the initiation, strengthening and expansion of research cooperations between its member universities with the "Impulse Research" format.

The funds of up to 5000 EUR per application are used to exchange ideas, prepare cooperations and apply for joint projects. The programme is aimed at scientists with a doctorate from all VNU universities (Bremen, Greifswald, Groningen, Hamburg, Kiel, Lübeck, Lüneburg, Oldenburg, Rostock).

"Impuls Forschung" was very well received, therefore the presidents and rectors decided to extend the initiative. The aim is to strengthen synergies in research, to sharpen the VNU research profile and to make research within the network more visible.
Funding is provided, for example, for meetings, workshops or symposia that serve the exchange and elaboration of collaborative research cooperations. The initiative focuses on project proposals to the German Research Foundation (DFG).
A total of EUR 50,000 is available for 2019. A total of EUR 50,000 is available for 2020.

Interested scientists can submit their application for funding at any time to the office of the Association of North German Universities.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local research officer.


Who can be supported?

All scientists with a doctorate who are employed at an institution of the Association of North German Universities (VNU) can apply for funding. Members of the VNU are the University of Bremen, the University of Greifswald, the Rijksunversiteit Groningen, the University of Hamburg, the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, the Leuphana University Lüneburg, the University of Lübeck, the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and the University of Rostock.

What can be funded?

Funding is provided for projects to prepare collaborative research proposals within the VNU network (meetings, workshops, symposia, Open Access publication etc.). The prerequisite for funding is therefore the existence of an idea for a joint research project to be applied for by partners from at least two VNU universities. The focus of the measure is on project proposals to the German Research Foundation (DFG).

How are funded projects selected?

On the basis of lists submitted by the member universities, the VNU Research Working Group draws up an overall list of proposals for the presidents and rectors. Resolutions are passed by circulation or within the framework of regular membership meetings. The funding commitments are made subsequently to the beneficiaries.

How much is the subsidy?

Funding of up to € 5,000 is possible. In principle, the personnel and material costs required for the implementation of the project are eligible according to the respective budgetary regulations. VNU-external partners cannot be funded. The funded activities should be completed within six months of the start of the funding period. The total budget is €40,000. A continuation of the initiative is possible after evaluation of the first phase.

In what form will the subsidies be granted?

The funds will be transferred by the VNU office at the University of Greifswald to the beneficiary university in advance of the measure. The beneficiaries will settle the accounts for the measures with the respective university. After completion of the measure, unspent funds are to be refunded to the office.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications for funding can be submitted at any time.

Where do the grant applications have to be submitted?

Please send your signed grant application to the office of the Association of North German Universities:

Association of North German Universities
c/o University of Greifswald
E-mail: geschaeftsfuehrung[at]

What happens if the applicant leaves a Nordverbund institution?

If the applicant moves to another institution outside the Association of North German Universities within the funding period, the office and the member university concerned must be informed immediately who is responsible for project coordination.