Emerging Fields Initiative
Innovative ideas in focus
FAU is one of Germany’s leading research universities and represents a diverse range of outstanding academic approaches and perspectives. As a full-spectrum university, it brings all disciplines together, promoting interdisciplinary collaborations.
FAU offers perfect conditions for stimulating innovative ideas, which often span different fields of research.
FAU launched its Emerging Fields Initiative (EFI) to support emerging projects in 2010. EFI aims to promote outstanding, preferably interdisciplinary collaborative research projects at an early stage and in a flexible and non-bureaucratic way.
By applying for EFI funding, renowned FAU researchers can put visionary ideas into practice, allowing them to react more effectively to upcoming research challenges. A strict selection process ensures the quality of the research projects.
From 2021, the new FAUconnect networking format will allow access to the EFI funding application process. Researchers will meet for a retreat lasting one or several days in order to work on the framework of their joint research project. Following this, the possibility of EFI funding is assessed in conjunction with the Executive Board of the University. The specific purpose of two-year EFI funding with a maximum funding amount of 300,000 euros per year is to prepare a collaborative proposal for an external funding provider.
With the Emerging Fields Initiative, FAU is increasing its reputation as a leading university. In addition, EFI contributes to increasing the University’s attractiveness to excellent researchers from Germany and abroad, involving new energy directly in innovative collaborative projects, and developing FAU’s strategic alliances with key partners. A total of 31 innovative projects have been implemented to date thanks to EFI funding.