ZiF Research Groups
ZiF research groups are dedicated to longer-term interdisciplinary cooperation. In them, well-known scientists from different disciplines work together under a broader framework theme. For several months, usually for a year, they work and live at ZiF.Pre-proposals for ZiF research groups can be submitted by 1 October (see references for applicants ). The submitted applications are submitted to an external review procedure and presented to the Scientific Advisory Board at a hearing . The last decision is made by the Scientific Directorate .After a positive decision, the selection of persons follows: Scientists from the participating disciplines are invited, at the suggestion of the research group leaders, to participate in the group and during this time to work with colleagues from the neighboring disciplines.Each ZiF research group is usually preceded by more than two-year planning, in the course of which the ZiF year will be developed in detail. Regular joint meetings, occasional workshops, discussions with additional invited guest scientists, work on joint publications are typical forms for this.The integration of scientific work into the general living conditions is taken into account by the ZiF by offering accommodation not only to research group members but also to their family members. In addition to smaller apartments for single persons, there are also medium and large flats available for families who want to come to Bielefeld for one year, on the campus of the ZiF.
Call for Project Proposals
Invitation to submit draft proposals for the Research Group 2019/20 to the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) of Bielefeld University. The ZiF offers the opportunity to establish an interdisciplinary Research Group in the academic year 2019/20. For several months up to one year fellows reside at the ZiF and work together on a broader research theme. ZiF provides funding, support by a research assistant, and a professional infrastructure (i.e. accommodation, conference facilities). The research group may be applied for in two different formats:
(1) Research group with a duration of 10 months and a budget of 500.000 €
(2) Research group with a duration of 5 months and a budget of 250.000 €
Applications for organising a ZiF Research Group may be submitted by any scholar from Germany or abroad. In the initial phase, a draft proposal for a Research Group (up to 5 pages) is required. In a second phase, invitations to submit full proposals will be issued. Draft proposals should be received by the Managing Director of the ZiF, Professor Dr Michael Röckner, by 1 October 2017 at the latest. The ZiF is an internationally operating Institute for Advanced Study which has been housing and supporting interdisciplinary research projects from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences since 1968. The proximity of the university campus creates excellent working conditions and facilitates contacts among scientists and scholars beyond their collaboration at the ZiF.
Project proposals may be submitted by any scholar from Germany or abroad who has obtained his/her doctorate. Proposals may be presented in German or English depending on the correspondence language of the RG. Page 2 Innovativity and interdisciplinarity of the project should be clearly indicated. Different academic backgrounds of potential fellows are required, but this is not the only criterion to substantiate interdisciplinarity.
The following questions should be addressed in the proposal:
1. What is the special academic relevance and innovativity of the research project? What specific objects are to be pursued? To what extent is an interdisciplinary approach required and reflected in the composition of the group?
2. What are the specific qualifications of the scholars involved regarding the project? What academic benefit is to be expected through the cooperation of those scholars?
3. What kind of essential research output is to be expected at the close of the project? What academic output is to be expected on a long-term basis?
4. In which way will the fellows‘ cooperation be organised during the research year?
In detail, the following information is required:
For the draft proposal (maximum five pages plus annex):
1. Cover sheet: brief and significant title,timeframe desired, names and complete addresses of all applicants, the person responsible for coordination may be named
2. Presentation of the project (3-4 pages):subject and problems to be dealt with ,working methods ,current state of research on the international level and an account of the applicants‘ preparatory work for the project
3. List of potential fellows (Although, at this stage, it is difficult to give definite details regarding the participation of individual fellows, scholars should be nominated whose participation is considered essential and who have declared their interest in joining the group.): first name, last name (spelled in full), title, Mrs/Mr , complete address (department/faculty, university, street address/PO box, postcode and town, country) ,email address ,discipline,each scholar’s main focus of work,Have potential fellows already declared their interest in joining the group?
4. Brief curriculum vitae of all applicants including five new project-related publications (maximum 2 pages each)
For a full proposal (maximum 20 pages and annex):
1. Cover sheet: brief and significant title timeframe names and complete addresses of all applicants, the person responsible for coordination may be named
2. Summary in German and English.
3. Detailed presentation of the project (maximum 15 pages) subject and problems to be dealt with, working methods current state of research on the international level and an account of the applicants‘ preparatory work for the project details on planning and structure of the project planned workshops during the project
4. List of potential fellows (Although at this stage it is difficult to give definite details regarding the participation of individual fellows, scholars should be nominated whose participation is considered essential and who have declared their interest in joining the group.):first name, last name (spelled in full) title, Mrs/Mr ,complete address (department/faculty, university, street address/PO box, postcode and town, country), email address, discipline ,each scholar’s main focus of work,Have potential fellows already declared their interest in joining the group? 5. Brief curriculum vitae of all applicants including their latest project-related publications (maximum 2 pages each) 6. Cost budgets need not be attached. In case the RG is additionally supported by other sources, details concerning the origin of the external funds, the total amount of money that will be – or has been – applied for as well as the current state of the negotiations should be indicated.
For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.
This opportunity has expired. It was originally published here: