EAM Starting Grant 2021/2022

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The Cluster of Excellence EAM will launch a new round of calls for the EAM Starting Grants. This
way, EAM aims at investing in the most talented researchers in the ‘New Materials and Processes
environment at FAU. The EAM Starting Grant is also a measure to bring new ideas and new people
into the cluster’s research activities and intends to encourage younger people to apply for an ERC
Starting Grant. Thus, all young researchers who are eligible for an ERC Starting Grant are entitled
to submit proposals (for details please refer to http://erc.europa.eu/).

The scientific proposal of the EAM Starting Grant (see below) is expected to be strongly interlinked with the FAU Key Research Priority ‘New Materials and Processes’. The EAM Starting Grant is endowed with 100,000 Euro.

The recipients of the grants are required to apply for an ERC Starting Grant in 2022 or 2023 at the
latest. The grant is to be used for the specific needs of the grant recipient only. Funds will be
available immediately after a positive decision and have to be spent completely by December 2022.

Guidelines for proposals:

The requirements of the proposal are equal to those of the ERC Starting Grant (first round) and are
as follows:
I. Scientific leadership potential (max. 1 page)

II. CV (max. 2 pages)

III. Early achievement track-record (max. 2 pages):

  • Publications as main author in major international peer-reviewed
    multi-disciplinary scientific journals and/or leading international peer-reviewed journals,
    peer-reviewed conference proceedings and/or monographs
  • Granted patents
  • Invited presentations to peer-reviewed, internationally established conferences and/or international advanced schools
  • Awards, scholarships and granted research projects under the name of the applicant

IV. Extended synopsis of the scientific proposal (max. 5 pages): a concise presentation of the
proposal including the scientific feasibility of the project, with particular
attention to its groundbreaking nature and how it may open up new horizons or opportunities for

Please send your proposals to eam-administration@fau.de by June 25, 2021. The decision is expected
for October 2021.

For specific questions, please refer to Ina Viebach at ina.viebach@fau.de or 09131 85-70475.