FAU is one of the strongest and most reputable research universities in Germany, boasting a large number of outstanding academic approaches and perspectives. Moreover, as a so-called ‘full university’, it brings all disciplines together under one roof in a way that is extremely conducive to interdisciplinary collaborations. FAU thus offers perfect conditions for the generation of innovative ideas, which often emerge at the interface between several disciplines and 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.
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 the researchers funded within the scheme.
This internal funding scheme for excellent research will increase FAU’s reputation as a leading university and enhance its attraction by highlighting FAU’s unique profile, increasing FAU’s attraction as an employer for excellent researchers both from Germany and from abroad, and expanding FAU’s strategic alliances with key partners.