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 initiative is open to postdoctoral researchers up to six years after completing their doctoral degree, provided they do not have a habilitation or have not completed an intermediary evaluation for a junior professorship. They must be employed at FAU whilst receiving ETI funding. We particularly welcome applications from female researchers and from researchers who plan to submit an application to an external funding provider for the first time. This initiative is not open to members of the Faculty of Medicine; these researchers may apply to Faculty of Medicine programmes (e.g. ELAN/IZKF first-time applicant programme) (German).

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.

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Within this budget, postdoctoral researchers may apply for any measures required to prepare their application for third-party funding, such as staff costs, consumables, publication costs 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.