Call for Proposals: Interdisciplinary Research in Groups

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Upcoming deadlines: 8 December 22; 25 April 23

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) is Bielefeld University’s Institute for Advanced Study. It offers opportunities—with respect to time, space, and funding—for outstanding interdisciplinary research. ZiF is open to scholars from all disciplines post-PhD, based in Germany and abroad. They can propose a research project to be conducted with a curated group of (preferably) international colleagues. If their collaborative application is successful, ZiF will host the group on its campus, offering ideal working conditions.

The project proposal has to meet three central criteria: 1) interdisciplinarity, 2) academic quality, 3) originality on an international level. Moreover, the necessity for interdisciplinary collaboration has to stem from the research at hand; the mere involvement of different disciplines does not suffice.

We offer the following formats:

Visiting Group
  • Duration: 1 to 3 months at ZiF
  • Funding Amount: up to EUR 50,000 to cover the costs for travel and accommodation as well as workshops and conferences; personnel expenses (buy-outs) cannot be covered.
  • Visiting Groups can, for example, explore new research topics and partnerships, finalise interdisciplinary publications or conduct small research projects during a joint stay at ZiF.
Resident Group
  • Duration: 4 to 6 months at ZiF
  • Funding Amount: up to EUR 400,000 to cover the costs for travel and accommodation as well as workshops and conferences and personnel expenses (e.g. in the form of buy-outs).
  • Resident Groups may conduct more extensive research projects, which require intensive collaboration over an extended period, during a joint stay at ZiF.
Long-Term Group
  • Duration: several visits to ZiF over a period of up to three years; these recurring visits may add up to a total of ten months.
  • Funding Amount: up to 200,000 EUR to cover the costs for travel and accommodation as well as workshops and conferences; personnel expenses (buy-outs) cannot be covered.
  • Long-Term Groups offer great organisational freedom and flexibility to meet the needs of long-term projects; the set-up of the group work is based on the needs of the individual project idea.
If you cannot locate your project idea within these formats, please feel free to contact us.
  • The size of a group depends on the requirements of the project; the minimum for each group is three people. International participation is explicitly encouraged. We expect groups to be present at ZiF for their collaboration phases. Additional virtual participants may be involved.
  • Applications must be submitted by a team of two to four people who also act as convenors of the group they propose. All convenors must have a completed doctorate. One of them acts as the main contact person (to be clearly labelled). The team of applicants should already reflect the interdisciplinary character of the group.
  • Proposals will be selected competitively. Complete submissions will initially be reviewed externally. Upon positive assessment, applicants for Resident and Long-Term Groups will be invited to an interview by the ZiF’s Academic Advisory Board; the final decision will be made by the Board of Directors. Decisions on Visiting Groups will be made upon receipt of reviews.
  • Timing: There will be two deadlines for applications per year. The upcoming deadlines are: 8 December 22; 25 April 23.
Estimated timeline
  • For the deadline on 8 December 2022:
    • Resident and Long-Term Groups: Interview by the Academic Advisory Board in April/May 2023
      • Decisions in June 2023
      • Project start as of spring 2024
    • Visiting Groups:
      • Decisions upon receipt of reviews
      • Flexible start
    • For the deadline on 25 April 2023:
      • Resident and Long-Term Groups: Interview by the Academic Advisory Board in October/November 2023
        • Decisions in December 2023
        • Project start as of fall 2024
      • Visiting Groups:
        • Decisions upon receipt of reviews
        • Flexible start

      Requirements for an Application (click to expand)

      Applications can be submitted in English or German and must contain the following:

      • Cover Sheet
        • Title of the project
        • Name, affiliation and address of all applicants; clear indication of a main contact
        • Intended timeframe
      • Summary of the project in English; for applications submitted in German, we additionally require a German summary (up to 1,500 char., incl. spaces)
      • Project description (max. 25,000 char., incl. spaces)
        • Research topic and questions
        • Objectives and anticipated output
        • Current state of research
        • Methods
        • Composition of the group (list of potential participants and their discipline, affiliation, and their specific expertise for the project, status of invitation / participation)
        • Timing of the project and work plan (overview, e.g. in form of table)
        • If applicable: information on workshops and/or conferences to be held during the project
        • Reference list (not part of character count)
      • Short CV of all applicants, including latest publications relevant to the project (up to 3 pages per applicant, incl. publications). CV of participants are not part of the application.
      • Preliminary budget (for orientation purposes; in case a grant is made, this budget will be checked and possibly adjusted by ZiF); if the project receives third-party-funding, please also include this information in the budget.

      Incomplete submissions cannot be considered.

      Please contact us with any questions; we are happy to help!

      Dr. Anika Haverig
      +49 521 106-2795
      anika.haverig@uni-bielefeld.de

      Please send your application in one PDF file to:

      Executive Director
      Prof. Dr. Véronique Zanetti
      zif-proposals@uni-bielefeld.de