The Cen­tral Re­se­arch Fund (ZFF)

The Central Research Fund (German: Zentraler Forschungsfonds (ZFF)) offers support for preparing a third-party funding proposal for all researchers at the University of Kassel and promotes collaborations between the faculties and the Kunsthochschule. The ZFF comprises seven funding lines with different priorities and target groups. Funded are for example individual projects by early career researchers, collaborative research initiatives and the exploration of innovative research ideas. Depending on the funding line, both material and personnel costs are financed. Several times a year, the Research Service organizes information events on the funding lines and the submission process. The ZFF replaces the university's previous funding programs under the Central Research Funding and the Future program lines.

The dif­fe­rent fun­ding li­nes at a glan­ce:

GoalThe funding line Coop should encourage interdisciplinary collaboration between faculties and the Kunsthochschule.
FocusThis funding line targets projects, from which opportunities for a long-term collaboration arise.
Target GroupAll researchers at the University of Kassel who are planning an interdisciplinary project in collaboration with the Kunsthochschule are eligible to apply. At least one PI must be a member of the Kunsthochschule.
ScopeThe maximum funding is 10,000 €, which can be used for material costs and student assistants. The maximum funding duration is one year.
SubmissionThe proposal is submitted via Converis.
DeadlineMay 1st, in case there are remaining funds, a second funding period is possible for November 1st
Selection criteria 
  • Scientific quality of the proposal
  • Promotion of early career researchers
  • Contribution of the research project to further strengthen the focal point formation of the University of Kassel
  • Contribution to promoting new research topics
  • Potential to establish a long-term interdisciplinary cooperation
 

 

GoalThe funding line Project is intended to support researchers in preparing a proposal for individual third-party funding
FocusThis funding line targets projects with chances of submitting a promising individual third-party funding proposals.
Target GroupAll researchers of the University of Kassel, in particular researchers in the second and third qualification phase (R2+R3) are eligible to apply.
ScopeThe maximum funding is 10,000 €, which can be used for material costs and student assistants. The maximum funding duration is one year.
SubmissionThe proposal is submitted via Converis.
DeadlineMay 1st / November 1st
Selection criteria 
  • Scientific quality of the proposal
  • Potential to acquire third-party funds in order to ensure a permanent funding
  • Promotion of young researchers
  • Contribution of the research project to further strengthen the focal point formation of the University of Kassel
  • Contribution to promoting new research topics
 

 

GoalThe funding line Individually Qualified supports applicants who are preparing promising proposals for individual excellence and for junior researcher programs (such as DFG-Emmy Noether, ERC SG, ERC CG, Heisenberg).
FocusThis funding line targets projects with chances to submit a promising proposal for the above-mentioned programs.
Target GroupAll researchers (especially in their second and third qualification phase; R2+R3) are eligible for funding who would like to locate their third-party funded project at the University of Kassel. Only members of the University of Kassel can apply for the first preparatory year.
Scope

Maximum funding is 20.000 € for the preparatory year, which can be used for material costs and student assistants. The funding duration is one year.

In case the third party funding is approved, additional funding of up to 200.000 € can be made available. This funding can be used flexibly for staff or material costs within the funded project. The funding can also be used to secure the contract of the applicant after the external funding period. The decision on how the funds are spend must be made in advance.
SubmissionThe proposal is submitted via Converis; external applicants, who would like to apply for the 200.000 € are asked to contact the Research Service.
Deadline

Proposals for the preparatory year can be submitted until May 15th and October 15th.

The application for the additional funding should be submitted before the third-party proposal is handed in.

Selection criteria 
  • Scientific quality of the proposal
  • Potential to acquire third-party funds in order to ensure a permanent funding
  • Promotion of young researchers
  • Contribution of the research project to further strengthen the focal point formation of the University of Kassel
  • Contribution to promoting new research topics
 
GoalThe funding line Pilot supports projects and Blue Sky initiatives and aims for opening up fundamentally new and under-researched areas that lie outside existing research directions or scientific paradigms.
FocusThis funding line targets innovative, under-studied topics and should lead to a promising third-party proposal.
Target GroupAll professors of the University of Kassel are eligible for funding.
ScopeThe maximum funding is 100.000 €. Die maximale Fördersumme beträgt 100.000 € that can be used for staff and material. Die funding duration is between 6-18 months.
SubmissionThe proposal is submitted via Converis.
DeadlineMay 15 / October 15th
Selection criteria 
  • Scientific quality of the proposal
  • Potential to acquire third-party funds in order to ensure a permanent funding
  • Promotion of young researchers
  • Contribution of the research project to further strengthen the focal point formation of the University of Kassel
  • Contribution to promoting new research topics
  • Originality and Innovative power of the project
  • Scientific and technological contribution for a long-term research vision
  • Possible knowledge gain in case of failure
 

 

GoalThe funding line Cluster supports collaborative projects that advance the thematic focus in line with the University of Kassel's development plan and thus contribute to the medium-term excellence capability.
Focus

This funding line targets projects, which aim for submitting a funding draft for a collaborative proposal (SFB/GRK) within the last year of funding.

Target GroupAll professors of the University of Kassel can apply when aiming for a collaborative research project with the University of Kassel as lead institution.
ScopeThe maximum funding is 70.000 € per year that can be used for staff and material. Project duration is between 18 and 36 months.
SubmissionThe proposal is submitted via Converis.
DeadlineMay 15th / October 15th
Selection criteria 
  • Scientific quality of the proposal
  • Potential to acquire third-party funds in order to ensure a permanent funding
  • Promotion of young researchers
  • Contribution of the research project to further strengthen the focal point formation of the University of Kassel
  • Contribution to promoting new research topics
 
GoalThe funding line Bridge supports initiatives that have received an invitation to submit a full proposal for collaborative research projects (GRK/SFB/TRR) in order to foster the evaluation and – if applicable - a quick project start.
FocusThis funding line targets projects that aim for developing a full proposal for a collaborative research initiative.
Target GroupAll professors of the University of Kassel can apply when aiming for a collaborative research project with the University of Kassel as lead institution.
ScopeThe maximum funding sum is 150.000 €, which can be spend for staff and material costs.
SubmissionThe proposal is submitted to the research service directly together with the invitation to submit a full proposal of the third-party funding organisation.
DeadlineA submission is possible at any time.
Selection criteria 
  • Scientific quality of the proposal
  • Potential to acquire third-party funds in order to ensure a permanent funding
  • Promotion of young researchers
  • Contribution of the research project to further strengthen the focal point formation of the University of Kassel
  • Contribution to promoting new research topics
 
GoalThe funding line Focus supports collaborative initiatives in strengthening draft proposals through external coaching and thus promotes coherence in the application.
FocusThe aim of this funding line is to arrange workshops with external coaches to promote group cohesion and draft writing.
Target GroupProfessors of the University of Kassel, who intend to write a collaborative research proposal are eligible for the funding.
ScopeThe maximum funding is 5.000 that can be spend for coaches, seminars or travel costs.
SubmissionThe proposal is submitted via the research service with reference to existing work.
DeadlineA submission is possible at any time.
Selection criteria 
  • Scientific quality of the proposal
  • Potential to acquire third-party funds in order to ensure a permanent funding
  • Promotion of young researchers
  • Contribution of the research project to further strengthen the focal point formation of the University of Kassel
  • Contribution to promoting new research topics
 

 

Information events for the Cen­tral Re­se­arch Fund "ZFF"

During the information events for the Central Research funds, we will inform you about the seven funding lines as well as the submission and selection procedure. There will be ample time for questions.

We are looking forward to your participation. In case you are interested, please register by clicking on one of the links below:

After registration you will receive a personalized access code for the event via Email.

De­ci­si­on pro­ce­du­re

The Research Commission deliberates on all funding applications - with the exception of the program lines Bridge and Focus. For some projects (e.g. Nucleus, Pilot), a personal presentation of the proposal by the PIs to the commission is necessary in order to ensure a good presentation of the project and to give the commission members the opportunity to ask questions. Following the review, the commission submits a funding recommendations for each program line to the University's Presidential Board. Once the Presidential Board has taken a formal decision to award the grant, the project may commence.


For all procedures advised by the commission, the research service prepares short reports, which are made available to the applicants via the research information portal Converis.

Re­porting re­qui­re­ment

Funding from the ZFF is associated with a reporting obligation. For one-year projects, a report must be submitted on the research information portal Converis after the end of the funding period. For projects with a duration beyond 12 months, there is also an obligation to submit annual interim reports with further funds only to be released once the report on the previous year has been received. A reminder to submit the annual or final report is automatically released via Converis.

FAQ's

Over­view of ques­ti­ons and an­s­wers re­la­ted to the Cen­tral Re­se­arch Fund (ZFF)

For further questions regarding the individual program lines, please contact Dr. Rebecca Jürgens.