Funding line "Small project funding"

What is the aim of the funding line?

This funding line provides subsidies for smaller measures that in particular serve the following purposes:

1. Networking and project initiation,

2. Supplementing or finalizing ongoing third-party funded research projects,

3. Preparation of a specific research proposal for third-party funding that is planned for the near future or

4. Finalizing a peer-reviewed scientific publication.

The funding line in particular provides subsidies for travel costs, preparation and investigation work, especially preliminary studies, evaluation studies and feasibility studies, experiments, pre-tests or test surveys.

What is meant by (1) networking and project initiation?

With its Small Project Funding, the KU supports the mobility of its researchers who would like to establish a network with other research institutions in Germany and abroad and are currently planning a collaboration or future projects with these institutions.

Networking activity and project initiation should serve the chair/professorship in the long term and have a sustainable beneficial effect for the development and expansion of research at the chair/professorship.

Applicants are asked to initially apply for funding for the planned measures with national or international sponsors (e.g. the Bayerische Forschungsallianz (funding program BayIntAn1) or the German Academic Exchange Service or Erasmus). The International Office provides advice in this respect.

The proFOR+ funding should primarily be seen as a supplementary support that is granted in addition to funding that has been acquired elsewhere or provided by the chair/professorship.

ProFOR+ funds can for example be used for holding smaller workshops with project partners or for financing trips for visiting collaboration partners.

What is meant by (2) supplementing or finalizing ongoing third-party funded research projects?

By providing small project funding, the KU also supports quality assurance for its third-party funded projects.

In justified cases, measures such as data collections, trips or organizing work meetings can be subsidized if they are connected to an ongoing third-party funded research project to ensure quality assurance and transfer of knowledge of the third-party funded project.

What is meant by (3) preparation of a specific research proposal for third-party funding that is planned for the near future?

With this small project funding, the KU aims to support promotion of excellence and competitiveness in connection with its research projects.

In connection with a specific research proposal for third-party funding that is planned for the near future, proFOR+ funding provides subsidies for special measures such as journeys to visit project partners or for organizing workshops, for data analyses or research investigations.

What is meant by (4) finalizing a peer-reviewed scientific publication?

With its small project funding, the KU also wants to support its researchers in adequately presenting their research results and assure the quality of their publications.

The funding line exclusively supports finalizations of externally peer-reviewed scientific publications of KU employees who already hold a doctoral degree.

ProFOR+ funding is not provided for measures that exclusively serve finalization of individual doctoral theses. This applies both to monographs and externally peer-reviewed scientific journal articles that are to be used as part of a cumulative doctoral thesis.
For finalizing a peer-reviewed scientific publication, proFOR+ funding can be used e.g. for script revisions, final data collections and analyses or design tasks.

In accordance with a resolution taken by the KU University Management, proFOR+ funding may not be granted for printing costs (so-called “Druck(legungs)kosten” in German) paid to scientific publishers, e.g. for publishing externally peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Who may apply for funding?

(Junior) professors, research associates with a doctoral degree.

Which costs can be funded?

Subsidies for staff costs for hiring student assistants, in exceptional cases also for increasing the workload in existing employment agreements with research associates, or subsidies for travel costs and costs for materials and equipment.

How much is the maximum grant in this funding line?

A proFOR+ subsidy can be granted to a maximum amount of € 5,000.

Is there a deadline for applications for this funding line?

ProFOR+ applications for this funding line can be submitted to the Research Service Center (ZFF) at any time.

Who decides about the application?

The vice president for research.

General information

Please send the fully completed proFOR+ applications with all declarations and agreements signed by hand to the Research Service Center (ZFF) (e-mail: electronically (preferably as a PDF file).

Within a funding line, only one application per applicant can be processed and, if applicable, funding provided.

A new application can only be submitted by the applicant and processed by the Research Service Center for possible funding if the first requested funding measure within this funding line is completed and closed as regards content, costs have been fully settled and the Research Service Center has been provided with a short final report.

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