STAEDTLER Foundation supports EFI projects
Focus on emerging research ideas
‘Ideas and knowledge are the key to the future’ – this is the guiding principle of the STAEDTLER Foundation, which has been supporting the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region for over 20 years. The charitable foundation has since donated more than ten million euros for cultural and research projects.
The STAEDTLER Foundation is particularly active at FAU. To give just two examples, the Foundation funds a doctoral thesis award worth 3,500 euros to ten young researchers for outstanding academic achievements every year and finances 12 ‘Deutschlandstipendium’ scholarships annually. In addition, it provides funding for research projects that pursue innovative solutions or use new methods, no matter the subject area. Emerging research fields are gaining in significance, especially in research for future-oriented topics. These fields are uncharted scientific territory that usually emerge at the boundaries between several subjects and can only be explored by cooperation between different research disciplines and perspectives.
Funding innovative projects since 2018
The STAEDTLER Foundation is now placing special emphasis on funding emerging research projects. These projects have been successfully identified at FAU via the Emerging Fields Initiative since 2010. During this highly-competitive and multi-level evaluation process, the University draws on the expertise of its own staff as well as the expertise of high-ranking international researchers. At the end of the process, only those projects that show a particularly high level of potential for further development are successful. The STAEDTLER Foundation will use this ‘seal of quality’ to specifically support innovative research ideas which are of considerable importance to society. After successfully completing a pilot phase in 2018, the Foundation has invested over 500,000 euros in projects with the seal of quality. This funding is being continued in 2020 due to the very promising research findings.