Seed Funding

Seed Funding Program

The Seed Funding Program supports exceptional and unorthodox ideas for projects with up to 50,000 € in funding. The program is intended to spur collaboration within and between the MCQST research units.


Funding Criteria

Seed Funding is open to PIs and postdocs working within MCQST research groups.

The level of financial support is decided on a case-by-case basis by the Executive Committee and assisted by the International Advisory Board if necessary. Junior and female researchers will be prioritized for support. Projects that connect different research units are preferred, as are ideas with a high risk and high gain potential.


How to Apply

Calls for proposals are made twice a year with a budget of about 700,000 € per call.

All PIs (core and associated) can apply for a budget of up to 50,000 € per project. Postdocs applying for Seed Funding must also submit a letter of support from a PI. Researchers who received Seed Funding in the most recent call cannot apply until the next funding round.

The funding period of this seventh call will range from 1. July 2022 - 31. December 2022. All proposals should match to the research goals of MCQST.

Successful seed funding projects are expected to seek for other third-party support upon completion. A follow-up report must be provided by the PI within 3 months after the end of the project.

Applications for MCQST Seed Funding should include:

  • a two-page research proposal, including a statement about which Research Units the project encompasses
  • a finance plan for the requested budget
  • for applying postdocs: support letter by a PI

Applications are open now! Please send all documents as a single PDF to support[at]mcqst.de by 28. April 2022.

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