Project start-up


The 2023 call for proposals is closed.
You will find the schedules for our 2024 calls in our mailings and on this website in late autumn.

The purpose of this measure is to encourage qualified female junior researchers to pursue an academic career. To help female junior researchers in developing their own research profile they can apply for funding for the preliminary work that is required for a third-party funding application. Project start-up funding is provided for materials and equipment, assistant positions and/or test person remuneration. This initiative is part of the Programme for Women Professors III (PPIII).

The maximum funding amount is EUR 15,000 per application; the funding period is 6 or 12 months.

Female junior researchers of all faculties, who want to pursue an academic career, can apply. This includes doctoral candidates, post-docs, habilitation candidates and researchers qualified to teach and supervise doctoral/PhD candidates (post-habil). Appointed professors or junior professors are not eligible.

How to apply:

  1. Fill in and sign application form
  2. create and enclose the required documents (see p. 4 application form)
    • project details
    • academic career
    • statement by academic supervisor
    • certificates, if applicable
  3. save all parts of the application as one pdf file and
  4. e-mail to Office for Gender Equality (gleichstellungsbeauftragte(at)

Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors of the Graduate & Professional Training Centre Ulm (ProTrainU) on the basis of defined criteria. Proposals by Medical Faculty members are reviewed in advance by the faculty's internal Commission for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities.

The Graduate and Professional Training Centre (ProTrainU) also offers project start-up funding. For information on deadlines and application requirements please click here.