MUI - “Innovation Pool”

Aim of the programme: under the current funding framework, to access funds for developing truly innovative project ideas is very difficult for researchers. Most highly innovative projects are rejected by funding agencies because they lack success guarantees (high-risk). So far, only a funding programme exists: the FWF 1000-Ideas (TAI) Programme.
With this new funding scheme, the MUI wants to encourage its scientists to prepare proposals they can submit in parallel to the FWF-TAI programme. If due to budgetary restrictions, the FWF does not fund a very positively evaluated proposal (Ablehnungsgrund 1), it will receive start-up funding from the university to prepare a competitive resubmission either as TAI or as stand-alone. If the resubmitted proposal is approved by the FWF, the start-up financing from the university will stop and the applicants will use the FWF funding to continue their projects. If this decision is negative, the second tranche will be made available.

What kind of projects would be eligible for funding?
Highly innovative research proposals meeting the objectives and eligibility criteria of the FWF 1000-Ideas (TAI) programme. The project must be clearly defined and include a convincing description of the aims and methods. Furthermore, the project must have high relevance for science and fall in the domain of basic research. The exploratory phase is expected to provide initial evidence of the feasibility of the concept.

Who can apply for this funding category?
This funding category will be accessible to all MUI scientists submitting a proposal to the next FWF call for the 1000-Ideas programme (call 2021). The same eligibility criteria as the FWF-TAI will apply. Briefly:

  • At least two international peer-reviewed publications in the last five years with a substantial and independent contribution of the applicant
  • At least a 50% time employment at the MUI for the planned duration of the project
  • A researcher may only serve as the principal investigator in one project proposal

What kind of costs can be applied for?
The MUI can fund only material costs.

Project duration:  max. 24 months

Funding volume: max. 30.000 €. The funding will be paid in two tranches. The first one max. 15.000 € will be paid to all very positively evaluated TAI proposals that due to budgetary restrictions did not receive funding (Ablehnungsgrund 1).  

Submission deadline: 15 December 2020 - Application to the next call of the 1000-Ideas Programme (TAI) is compulsory!

Application: online via GAR
Application guidelines here

Contact: Dr. María Teresa Pérez Mediavilla