I3 Labs

Formal Requirements:

An I3 Lab is an interdisciplinary project of four or more professors from different fields. While it is possible for applicants to belong to the same department, a higher interdisciplinarity is preferred. External scientists (for example from UHH, DESY, HAW, HZG) can take part in the proposal, but they are usually not funded by TUHH. Agreements are under discussion between TUHH and the partner institutions. Please contact Andreas Timm-Giel (vpf(at)tuhh.de) for up to date information.

The funding can cover four PhD students (researchers) for four years, jointly required investments, support for traveling and consumables. Up to two I3 Labs will be awarded in 2019 in the fields of Bio, Green and Energy Technologies, as well as in Aviation.

The funding duration is four years. After the project has successfully passed an evaluation after two years, the fourth year is granted.

One of the objectives of the I3 Labs is the acquisition of third party funded projects. The scientific objectives and expected next steps (funded research projects with significant impact, e.g. DFG Research Unit) should therefore be included into the proposal.

All applications are to be submitted in English.

Please direct questions to Dr. Monika Kaempfe, Research Coordinator, at monika.kaempfe(at)tuhh.de.

Selection Criteria:

·       Scientific quality

·       Interdisciplinarity

·       Relation to TUHH strategy

·       Cooperation with external partners

·       Integration into study programmes

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 Documents to be Submitted:

·       A: Funding application, details see below

·       B: CVs of all participating scientists

·       C: List of 10 most relevant publications of all participants

 Please submit the application documents as one pdf file to Prof. Andreas Timm-Giel, Vice President Research, at vpf(at)tuhh.de no later than June 30, 2019.

Content of Funding Application:

1.1.  Title

1.2.  Coordinator

1.3.  Participants

1.4.  Reviewer suggestions, including affiliations (1-3)

2.     State of the Art and Preliminary Work  

3.     Objectives

4.     Work Programme and Research Methods

5.     Expected Results and Impact

6.     Correlation to TUHH Strategic Objectives

7.     Requested Funding

The entire text should not exceed five A4 pages.


Proposals are submitted no later than June 30, 2019. On July 3, 2019, the "Ausschuss für strategische Planung in der Forschung (AsPF)" selects external reviewers for each proposal. Based on the review results and on strategic measures, the AsPF suggests proposals for funding to the Executive Board in the second half of September 2019. The final decision is made by the Executive Board of the TUHH. Funding starts on November 1, 2019 and closes on June 30, 2024.

[Last revision on 2019-06-18]