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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 targets postdoctoral researchers at the beginning of their career whose experience and research profile show potential for a career in research. “Emerging talents” can apply up to six years after completing their doctoral degree. Applicants should neither have completed their habilitation nor their intermediary evaluation for junior professorship. During the ETI funding period they must be employed at FAU. We particularly welcome applications from female researchers and first-time applicants. Young researchers from the Faculty of Medicine are not eligible to apply as the Faculty offers its own corresponding programmes (e.g. ELAN/IZKF-first-time applicant programme).

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 may also benefit from supporting measures (e.g. courses on how to apply for external funding, networking events, mentoring).

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.