Internal Funding

Small Grants Programme

The Faculty provides funding to initiate new research and to support ongoing research in its Small Grants Programme. While any faculty member is welcome to apply for a small grant, we are particularly encouraging our junior faculty (i.e. post-doc, non-tenured faculty) to apply. Any activity fostering excellent research at our faculty is eligible for support. Examples are buying data, support for running experiments, travel expenses, initiation costs for a project, submission fees for a journal or a conference. As the name of the program says, we can unfortunately only offer small grants. Larger requests are less likely to be approved.

Small grants are financed from the Faculty’s overhead revenues. The Faculty receives such revenues from successful applications for external funding (e.g. from FWF) by our colleagues.


Application Procedure

The application procedure is fast and simple: send an e-mail to with a letter explaining why you think the Faculty’s money is well spent on your research project. Justify your request in reasonable detail. For example, if you propose inviting a co-author to work on a joint project, briefly describe the project and explain the additional benefits of having the person over rather than interacting with her through skype (e.g. the visitor will also hold a research seminar). If you ask for support for an experiment, submit a sketch of the experimental design and the hypotheses. Report on co-funding you may have or where you tried to obtain such funding. In any case, make sure to provide a detailed description of costs.

You can submit an application any time; there are no deadlines. Decisions on small research grants are made at the regular meetings of the faculty board.
See also Guidelines for application for overhead funds for more information.