Joint Research Projects

The call for proposals for research projects funded by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) is published once a year in late summer via the GUC and the GUC project coordinators in Ulm, Stuttgart and Tübingen. Teams of researchers from all faculties of the GUC and a German partner university or research institution are eligible to apply. New research collaborations can be initiated or existing collaborations can be deepened. The approved project budget is bound to the respective calendar year and cannot be shifted into the next year.

The following documents have to be handed in before the deadline in a single PDF file:

  • A detailed and comprehensive project proposal (max. 5 pages)
  • Two preliminary budget calculations (maximum 10.000 € per year): due to the Corona pandemic a backup plan under travel restrictions has to be provided along with a normal budget plan
  • Signed commitment letter by the German cooperation partner(s) and the responsible GUC academic
  • CVs and list of 5 most relevant publications per included academic

The overall proposal must not exceed 10 pages. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Representatives of the GUC, of Ulm University as well as of the Universities of Stuttgart and Tübingen, meet and discuss the applications in late autumn. The applicants are notified of acceptance or rejection via e-mail by the end of the year. The accepted projects are then asked to update their budget plans and hand them in again as a self-calculating excel file. After handing in these, a letter of acceptance and funding guidelines are issued. After these are signed by the Egyptian and German project coordinators, the projects can begin to execute their planned activities. The reimbursement procedures are described in the respective section. 

Activities that can be funded are, for example, Workshops and Research Summer Schools (as defined in your field) and Short-Term Research Stays. All activities should be working meetings where research is either actively carried out or discussed. Publications can be reimbursed as well as the participation in conferences, if joint research results are presented. Apart from that, it is possible to allocate up to 20 % of the budget towards the acquisition of chemicals/ consumables (not office or other equipment) or for employing student assistants at the German partner institution. Salaries in Egypt cannot be covered. For the alternative budget it is also possible to allocate funds for externalized lab analyses by third parties, if absolutely necessary. The call for application includes guidelines that give further information on the funding modalities.