Emerging Fields Initiative

Focus on innovative ideas

FAU is one of Germany’s leading research universities with outstanding perspectives for researchers across all disciplines and a close, collaborative environment which is particularly conducive to interdisciplinary projects.

Image: FAU

Image: FAU

FAU therefore offers perfect conditions for stimulating innovative ideas, which often span different fields of research.

Emerging projects – which can involve an element of risk – are an important catalyst for progress in science, research and teaching. Despite their great potential in terms of future development and success, regular funding is not always an option for these projects, at least not in their early stages.

For this purpose, FAU launched its Emerging Fields Initiative (EFI) to support emerging projects in 2010. EFI aims to promote outstanding, preferably interdisciplinary 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 guarantees the high quality of the projects, approaches and researchers funded within the scheme.

Gait analysis of a Parkinson's patient using the eGaIT system (image: Kurt Fuchs)

Gait analysis of a Parkinson’s patient using the eGaIT system (image: Kurt Fuchs)

This internal funding scheme for research excellence contributes to FAU’s reputation as a leading university, making it even more attractive to the best researchers. A further goal of the EFI is to strengthen FAU’s unique profile, increase FAU’s attractiveness for excellent researchers both from Germany and from abroad and expand FAU’s strategic alliances with key partners.

A total of 18 innovative projects have been implemented to date thanks to EFI funding. Six new EFI projects were launched in January 2017 and are being funded for a period of two years with project funding of between 340,000 and 600,000 euros.