Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)

KiNSIS Micro Proposals

The priority research area KiNSIS funds four micro proposals per year, each worth 2000 €, for independent scientific projects to offer the opportunity to strengthen the individual scientific profile by exploring innovative out-of-the-box thinking and high-risk research projects, which can act as the bases for further project applications. The funds can be used for student assistants, travel costs, software or consumables, but not for financing of one’s own position. The money has to be spent within one year. Afterwards, a final report in form of a short presentation at a KiNSIS retreat or a general assembly of KiNSIS should be given. The report should address how the funding was used and which scientific achievements were accomplished.

This proposal round will be open to any type of research proposals, e.g.:

  • Start-up projects aiming to initiate large scale collaborative research
  • Research proposals related to current and future topics of KiNSIS

Extensions of existing projects cannot be funded!

Dates, Proponents and Eligibility:

  • There is one call per year. The deadline for applications is 1st of March. The decision will be announced on 1st of April.
  • Eligible are postdocs working within the working group of a KiNSIS member with temporal contract or W1 professors without tenure track in the research area of KiNSIS.
  • The use of approved funds is linked to an existing employment or fellowship at Kiel University or at a partner institution.
  • Successful proponents cannot apply again for this specific kind of support.

Formal Details:

A proposal must be formatted (in one document):

  • Language: English
  • A maximum of 2 pages, including figures, but excluding references, staffing, work plan etc.
  • A4 page format, font: Arial, 11pt, line spacing: 1.5, border top/left/right/bottom 2.5/ 2.5/ 2.5/2.0 cm
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Support letter from mentor

Goals and Criteria:

The proposal call favors three classes of goals. Proposals may address either point in each goal, in order to be able to score in that category, but cannot score more than the maximum in either point of each category:

  • Scientific quality (weighting 35%)
  • Class A goal (weighting 35%): Unconventional or high risk/ high gain projects with potential to support KiNSIS goals
  • Class B goals (weighting 20%): The call favours but does not require projects to conduct:
    • Solution orientated research, meaning research addressing solutions for current and future scientific challenges
    • Interdisciplinary research projects (where scientists from different disciplines collaborate, preferably within KiNSIS)
  • Class C goals (weighting 10%): In addition projects may
    • Support our international, institutional partnerships of the research focus and/or Kiel University
    • Aim to support the strategic goals of the priority research area/KiNSIS: knowledge and technology transfer, stakeholder dialogue and co-design of research topics

Based on the criteria listed above, the KiNSIS board will decide about funding the project.

Please send your applications to Dr. Julia Jedtberg by March 1st. 
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  • all day: International Conference NIBS 2021: 4th Nanotechnology and Innovation in the Baltic Sea Region
  • 12:00: KiNSIS Kolloquium: Prof. Dr. Arne Traulsen, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön
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  • all day: International Conference NIBS 2021: 4th Nanotechnology and Innovation in the Baltic Sea Region
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  • all day: International Conference NIBS 2021: 4th Nanotechnology and Innovation in the Baltic Sea Region
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