Research Support

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The Research Support is the first contact point for researchers and academics at the University of Kassel, who are preparing an application for research support.

University of Kassel
Research and Postgraduate Support Office
Section Research Support
Mönchebergstraße 19
34109 Kassel

Tel.: +49 561 804–2208


Head of Department and Team

Events organised by the Research Support

Presentation of the Central Ethics Committee - Requirements in Research Practice at the University of Kassel

The freedom of research, which is protected by constitutional law, gives scientists a great deal of leeway, but does not release them from their responsibility for research ethics. The German Research Foundation (DFG) and the National Academy of Sciences have repeatedly emphasized the importance of research ethics and issued corresponding guidelines. This is particularly important against the background of an increasing demand for ethical review for research projects by funding institutions and publication bodies.

This event will present the contact points, procedures for reviewing scientific projects for ethical sensitivity, the application options for an ethics vote and the tasks of the central ethics committee responsible for this.

Time: Wednesday, 12 July 2023 2 pm to 3 pm, via Zoom.

Language: German

Registration is open until May 10, 2022. Here you can find the registration form. After verification you will receive an access link.

For more information, please visit the website of the central ethics committee.

In this event we will give an overview of the state program LOEWE, from the guidelines to the different funding lines. We will also inform you about the application modalities, processes and deadlines.

We ask you to register for the events, you will receive the link after registration afterwards by mail.

The dates an registration form can be found here.

If you are not available on any of the indicated dates but are still interested in the LOEWE program, please feel free to contact the responsible person in the Research Support, Dr. Nina Felgen (nina.felgen[at]uni-kassel[dot]de), directly.

In a short info session you will learn how to ideally use our research information service FIT for your research on funding opportunities, awards and events. The presentation is organized as a Zoom conference and is usually offered at the beginning of a semester. Up-to-date information will be posted here in due course.

Note: This event is internal to the university and is aimed at members of the University of Kassel.

Information about further events

Here you will find a selection of additional offerings organized online or in presence.

This event provides an insight into the DFG's work and funding opportunities.

  • General information about the DFG
  • Funding opportunities
  • Application procedure
  • Measures taken by the University of Kassel to improve the use of DFG offers
  • Administration of DFG projects

The date is offered as an online conference as part of the EMF program.

Date: 17 October 2023

Time: 2 to 4 pm

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Claudia Backes (DFG Trusted Lecturer).

Please register on this page by 15 October 2023.

Responsible handling of research data is an important building block of good scientific and digital practice. The aim of the event is to provide a basic understanding of the nature, meaning and significance of research data management, to inform about the various requirements and to give initial tips for handling one's own research data.

The course is offered by the Graduate Academy of the University of Kassel as part of the EMF program for early career researchers.

Date 1: Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (registration open until March 7, 2023).

Date 2: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023 - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (registration open until Oct. 31, 2023).

Responsible handling of research data is an important building block of good scientific and digital practice. The aim of the event is to provide a basic understanding of the nature, meaning, and significance of research data management, to inform about the various requirements, and to give initial tips for handling one's own research data.

The course is offered by the Graduate Academy of the University of Kassel.

Target group: Researchers, especially junior researchers and administrative staff, who are involved in data management.

Date 1: Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (registration open until April 25, 2023).

Date 2: Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 - 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (registration open until Nov. 7, 2023).

The state initiative Hessian Research Data Infrastructures offers various courses on the topic of research data in the HeFDI Data School.

The basic modules of the HeFDI Data School serve as a (first) orientation in research data management. Basic terms are explained and common methods and best practices are presented.

The focus modules of the HeFDI Data School offer an in-depth insight into selected sub-areas of research data management. Basic knowledge of FDM is advantageous, but not mandatory.

The exact dates, registration options and further information can be found here.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) regularly offers info talks in German and English on its funding instruments for early career researchers. Please check the linked website for updates on the individual talks and for registration details.

Go to the DFG page

The Research Data Management offers a selection of online courses. These include the interactive Moodle course " Einführung in das Forschungsdatenmanagement", which was developed within the HeFDI initiative.

Here you can find more information and access to the courses

Current information for researchers

On April 21, 2021, Prof. Dr. Ilse Müllner and Prof. Dr. Elfriede Friedmann were appointed as confidants for the Commission for Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice. The Senate of the University had appointed the Commission in its meeting on February 03, 2011.

Ilse Müllner has been Professor of Biblical Theology at the Institute of Catholic Theology since 2004. From 2005 to 2007 she was Dean of FB01, from 2008 to 2018 she was a member of the Senate and since 2018 she is a member of the Commission for Research of the University of Kassel.

Elfriede Friedmann has been Professor of Numerics and Mathematical Modeling since 2019. Previously, she was head of the Junior Research Group at the Institute for Applied Mathematics at Heidelberg University.

With regard to the spread of the corona virus SARS-CoV-2, please note the adapted specifications of the various funding agencies, especially with regard to cost-neutral extensions of funded projects or the provision of additional resources. Further information can be found on the websites of the respective supporting institutions.

A description of the subject-specific adequate handling of research data as well as dealing with gender and diversity dimensions in the research context has been an integral part of proposals to the DFG for some time. Now, the DFG has updated its proposal guidelines for the programmes "Sachbeihilfe", "Teilprojekte in FOR" and "SPP", as well as for the Emmy Noether Programme, and asks applicants to address these topics in more detail. Accordingly, the new application guidelines feature adapted outlines and notes.

  • In particular, the increased relevance of the topic "Handling Research Data" (Chapter 2.4) should be taken into account. Applicants are now asked to address this topic within the project description and in more detail than before. A checklist is available as a guide to the required information. In addition, further information on the handling of research data and the DFG's measures to promote adequate handling of research data can be accessed (see link below).
  • By locating the chapter "Handling Research Data" as well as the chapter "Relevance of Gender and/or Diversity" in the first, scientific part of the description of the project, the page separation has now been adjusted from the previous 15 + 10 pages to 17 + 8 pages in the programme material grant. This means that 17 pages are now available for the scientific part. For the second part, which consists of the chapters "Accompanying information" and "Applied modules/funds", an additional eight pages are available.
  • In Chapter 2.3 "Work Programme", a note has been added to the effect that quality assurance measures for the project can be explained in the work programme if necessary.
  • Chapter 4.1.2 "Explanation of the planned investigations in experiments on humans or on material taken from humans" was expanded to include the area of experiments with "identifiable data" in the title and was supplemented with notes regarding the presentation of the experimental plan.
  • The information on "Dual Use Research of Concern" (Chapter 4.1.5) was updated due to changes in legal standards.

Transitionally, applications will be accepted according to the previous versioning until 31 May 2022.

Further information:

To the new form "Guidelines for the submission of applications - project proposals"

General information on the adequate handling of research data

General information on dealing with gender and diversity dimensions

Important notice regarding the procedure for resarch proposals

For applications which will be submitted to the university leadership by the Research Support, a processing time of three weeks has to be calculated. For justified exceptional cases it would be two weeks.

General conditions for good research

The University of Kassel believes that good academic practice is an essential precondition for research and scholarship and it attaches the greatest importance to this crucial task of academic self-regulation.

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Internal university funding programmes and selection procedures

The university supports scientists in the development of externally funded research projects through an internal funding program and internal selection and consultation procedures.

Internal university funding programmes and selection procedures: Forward

Support for applications

The Research Support Office offers researchers and academics help with making applications and administering funds that have been successfully raised.

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Research careers in mobility and nobility

The University of Kassel supports the international sharing of ideas for research purposes and awards prizes for outstanding achievements in academic pursuits.

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Research information services

The Research Supoort provides information services on upcoming funding opportunities for researchers and academics.

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