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Emerging Talents Initiative

We promote talent

FAU aims to identify and promote outstanding projects and talents at an early stage. While the Emerging Fields Initiative (EFI) focuses on large interdisciplinary projects, the Emerging Talents Initiative (ETI) is designed to support excellent postdoctoral researchers by providing them with an opportunity to develop scientific independence and establish themselves in their field of research.

The programme is aimed at postdoctoral researchers at the beginning of their career whose experience and research profile to date make them particularly suited to a career in research. Emerging talents can apply up to six years after completing their doctoral degree, and must have not yet completed a habilitation (postdoctoral teaching qualification), or an intermediary evaluation as part of a junior professorship. They must work at FAU while receiving ETI funding. We particularly welcome applications from women and from researchers who plan to submit an application to an external funding provider for the first time. The initiative is not open to young researchers from the Faculty of Medicine as the Faculty has its own separate programmes (e.g. ELAN/IZKF – first-time applicant programme) to which they may apply.

ETI funding supports outstanding postdoctoral researchers by enabling them to apply to an external funding provider (e.g. German Research Foundation (DFG) or European Research Council (ERC)) during the funding period (12 months). The maximum amount of funding that may be awarded is 15,000 euros.

Within this budget, postdoctoral researchers may apply for any measures required to prepare their application for third-party funding, such as staff costs, consumables or travel expenses. Those receiving funding are also eligible for supporting measures (e.g. courses on how to apply for external funding). In addition, the ETI initiative is intended to create an extensive network of ETI-funded researchers.

Further information about the ETI programme is available in the funding guidelines which can be found on the downloads page.

How can I apply for ETI funding?

Information on how to apply and on the funding procedure is available on the corresponding pages.