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The Central Research Development Fund (CRDF)

As early as 1976, the University was one of the first in Germany to establish comprehensive central research funding. Profile formation, the promotion of young talent and intensification of efforts to acquire third-party funding continue to be the pursued objectives.

This highly successful instrument was adapted in 2011 to the changed framework conditions by adjusting the CRDF funding lines. The new CRDF facilitates transitions between career stages, promotes early scientific independence, and opens up access to new research topics.

In addition, the new CRDF fosters internationalization and attracts outstanding young researchers – especially women. This page provides an overview of current funding.

  • Prof. Dr. Rita Gross-Hardt, Exploration Projects on new Topics

    “For understandable reasons, most funding programs tend to support low-risk projects. However, we reach important breakthroughs especially when we enter uncharted territory with our research: And that by nature entails risk. The University of Bremen has created a valuable tool to support innovative risk-prone projects with this funding line.”

  • Dr. Sarah Coffinet, Postdoc Initiative for Early Career and Independent Researchers

    "In Bremen, I have enjoyed ideal conditions to improve my academic and scientific skills, to learn state of the art methodologies and to enhance my international visibility. The direct access to cutting edge technologies enabled me to develop an independent research project to understand how microorganisms impact the methane cycle in marine sediments."

  • Prof. Dr. Thorsten Gesing, Exploration Project on new Topics

    “Exploration projects are expected to open up new lines of research, like the ‘thermochromic’ project we launched. These projects are highly innovative and involve some risk. However, the implementation of such research ideas opens up exciting opportunities for new lines of research, which is why they are ‘ambitious and agile’ and supported by the University’s research funding in the framework of the Excellence Initiative. "

  • Prof. Dr. Barbara Reinhold-Hurek, Creative Units

    "Die Universität Bremen macht sich besonders um die Förderung von exzellenten Nachwuchswissenschaftlern verdient: Durch das Förderprogramm kann der Weg in selbständige wissenschaftliche Arbeit mit eigener Antragstellung bereits frühzeitig nach der Promotion beschritten werden."


  • Prof. Dr. Michael Vellekoop und Frank Bunge, Exploration Project on new Topics

    “Through our exploration project, we were the first to succeed in producing nanoporous structures in a fingernail-sized analysis chip capable of providing human cells with oxygen and nutrients for more than 24 hours. The method is an important step in applications such as allergen determination, drug testing, or organ-on-a-chip.”

  • Dr. Teresa Huhle, Bridge Scholarships for Prospective Doctoral Candidates

    “The Central Research Funding offers me great opportunities to shape my post-doctoral phase freely and independently. It made it possible for me to carry out important initial archive stays in the USA and Uruguay in the frame of my research project on health policy in Uruguay.”

  • Prof. Dr. Phil. Thomas Althaus, Exploration Projet on new Topics

    “The Bildprosa 1820-1900 project started in July 2014. We set out to sift through the wealth of so-called 'world and cultural images', 'time pictures' and 'morality painting' that appeared in nineteenth-century magazines. It really turned into an exploration project, a journey of discovery into unexplored areas.”

  • Dr. Huang Yanqiu, Bridge Scholarships for Prospective Doctoral Candidates

    "The Internet of things (IoT) is emerging as the next technology megatrend. It brings however, an unprecedented technical challenge: the vast amount of information and the associated energy consumption. With the support of the Central Research Development Fund, I address the problem of data-overflow by designing dedicated system-on-chip architectures and developing intelligent algorithms."

  • Larena Schäfer, Doc-Network

    “Being part of a Doc Network has enabled me to organize workshops and has created ongoing opportunities for collegial and interdisciplinary exchange. This was particularly beneficial for the methodological orientation of my doctoral project and not only supported but also accelerated the development of some key ideas. “

  • Prof. Dr. Werner Brannath, Focus Projects

    "Through this funding and together with my doctoral student André Lüschen, I have been able to develop and implement innovative statistical methods for clinical trials in just three years. Our ideas and results have met with considerable interest.”

  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Schlickers, Exploration Project on new Topics

    “Thanks to CRDF funding, I was able to spend two years researching disturbing storytelling with my postdoctoral fellow. The grant also financed several international lecture tours, two publications and a several-day symposium on disturbing storytelling in film.”

  • Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christoph Kulgemeyer, Independent Projects for Postdocs

    “Not everyone is able to teach. The funding allowed me to start projects that help to empirically identify the skill-sets that really make good teachers.”

  • Dr. Dr.-Ing. Zoe Falomir Llansola, Independent Projects for Postdocs

    "The main aim of the CogQDA project is to develop qualitative models for enhancing spatial reasoning skills both in machines and humans."

  • Dr. Jan Ingo Flege, Focus Project

    “My personal ambitions regarding self-determined research and personal advancement have become reality, e.g. by being able to attend important international conferences and helping my own doctoral students to break new ground.”

  • Dr. Till Markus, LL.M., Postdoc Initiative for Early Career and Independent Researchers

    “My specialty is environmental law. The University of Bremen’s CRDF program enabled me to develop my scientific skills freely and independently. I now feel much better prepared for my future career.”

  • Dr. Daniela Côrtes Maduro, BremenTRAC Fellowship Program

    "Thanks to the funding granted by the BremenTRAC COFUNDFellowship program, I had the chance to work with several scholars, artists and writers from multiple countries, and establish new collaborations, as well as strengthen the already existing ones. This  fellowship has significantly enhanced my career, and I am deeply grateful to the University of Bremen for supporting my project, “Shapeshifting Texts: keeping track of electronic literature” (2015-2017)."

  • Hendrik Weyer, BremenIDEA

    "...Dadurch, dass ich dank der Förderung den Forschungsaufenthalt in Amerika verwirklichen konnte, war es mir möglich, Einladungen zu Aufenthalten an verschiedenen Universitäten wahrzunehmen und so zum einen große inhaltliche Fortschritte in meinem Forschungsgebiet zu erzielen, zum anderen mein akademisches Netzwerk auszubauen und zu verfestigen... "

New posters to present CF funding lines

At the Open Campus in June 2017, the Central Research Development  Fund presented its funding lines with new posters. In addition to a short presentation of the funding lines, the recipients also have their say. Click on the posters in the picture gallery to enlarge the images.


Current projects funded by CRDF


  • Ethical Play and Empathy: Affective Semiotics of Digital Games and Transmedia
    Carman Ng (Prof. Dr. phil. John A. Bateman, Faculty 10: Linguistics)
  • Stable boroles are to be synthesized and will be polymerized for the first time, leading to a new class of semiconducting polymers.
    Dr. rer. nat. Anne Heitmann (Prof. Dr. Anne Staubitz, Faculty 02: Chemistry)
  • Exploring the Political Agency of Male Sexual Violence Survivors in Northern Uganda
    Philipp Schulz (Professor Klaus Schlichte, FB 08: Sozialwissenschaften)
  • Voronoi Cell Based Atom Counting Methods for Transmission Electron Microscopy
    Florian F. Krause (Prof. Dr. Andreas Rosenauer, Faculty 01: Physics)
  • How to make nodes in IoT understand data: autonomous ultra-low-power mote-architectures boosted with intelligent algorithms.
    Yanqiu Huang (Alberto García-Ortiz, Faculty 01: Electrical Engineering)
  • (Ohn-)Macht und Melancholie der Zurückgekehrten: Die literarische Figur des postimperialen Heimkehrers in der europäischen Romania Thema: Das Projekt konzentriert sich am Beispiel französischer, portugiesischer sowie spanischsprachiger Romantexte des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts auf die bisher kaum erforschte Figur des europäischen Rückkehrers aus ehemaligen Kolonialgebieten (u.a. aus Räumen, die heute zu Algerien, Angola, Brasilien, Haiti, Peru und der Westsahara gehören), um den literarischen Aushandlungsprozessen des kolonialen Machtverlustes innerhalb der europäischen Romania nachzugehen.
    Dr. des. Martina Johanna Vera Urioste-Buschmann (Prof. Dr. Gisela Febel, FB 10: Romanistik)
  • Literatur und Erschöpfung. Topographien des Ausstiegs in der Literatur des 18. – 21. Jahrhunderts 
    Dr. phil. Julian Osthues (Prof. Dr. Axel Dunker, FB 10: Germanistik)
  • Microstructural evolution during the process chain of additive manufacturing
    Ph.D. Olga Zinovieva (Prof. Dr. Vasily Ploshikhin, Faculty 01: Physics)
  • Unraveling the mechanisms of the exceptionally high heat tolerance of Namibian legume symbionts can provide a basis for molecular genetic and biotechnological approaches to combat current and further threats of climate change
    Jann Grönemeyer (Professor Barbara Reinhold-Hurek, FB 02: Biologie)
  • Integrating field measurements and numerical modeling in order to understand carbon dynamics in Southeast Asian rivers
    Denise Müller-Dum (Justus Notholt, FB 01: Physik)
  • Adaptation potential of thermally tolerant benthic symbiont-bearing foraminifera from the Persian Gulf constrained by physiological measurements and oxidative stress biomarkers to test if higher resistance towards increasing temperatures exists 
    Christiane Schmidt (Prof. Michal Kucera, Faculty 05: Geosciences)
  • Die transnationale Entstehung einer gesunden Nation: Gesundheit und Sozialstaat in Uruguay (1870-1940)
    Teresa Huhle (Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels, FB 08: Geschichtswissenschaft)
  • Additive Verfahren zur Herstellung lokaler sensorischer Strukturen für materialintegrierte Messungen 
    Gerrit Dumstorff (Walter Lang, FB 01: Elektrotechnik)


  • Symbolic Virtual Hardware/Firmware Co-verification
    Dr.-Ing. Hoang M. Le (Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler, Faculty 03: Computer Science)
  • Nitrogen management in the making – Material practices and policies in Germany
    Dr. phil. Friederike Gesing (Prof. Dr. Michael Flitner, FB 08: Geographie)
  • Linguistik des Widerspruchs
    Dr. Daniel Schmidt-Brücken (Prof. Dr. Ingo H. Warnke, FB 10: Germanistik)
  • Monstrous Medicine - Obstetrics in Literature and Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century 
    Dr. phil. Jennifer Henke (Prof. Dr. Norbert Schaffeld, FB 10: Anglistik)
  • Kontaktinduzierter Sprachwandel im Portugiesischen: Der indische Einfluss
    Dr. Uta Tabea Salzmann (Prof. Dr. Carolin Patzelt, FB 10: Romanistik)
  • Class Consciousness in Nigerian Literature and the Performing Arts: Gender, Sexuality and Politics, 1914- 2014.
    PhD Olorunshola Adenekan (Prof Kerstin Knopf, Faculty 10: English Studies)
  • Male feminists, straight homo-lobbyists, and female agents of patriarchy: strategies of constructing femininity, masculinity and sexual identity in German, Latvian and Polish social media discourses
    PhD Joanna Chojnicka (Eeva Sippola, Faculty 10: Linguistics)
  • Development of qualitative models for reasoning cognitively about space and time, and their application to (i) Education, Art and Design and to (ii) Robotics and Ambient Intelligent Systems.
    Dr.-Ing. Zoe Falomir Llansola (Prof. Christian Freksa PhD., Faculty 03: Computer Science)
  • Erklärungskompetenz von Physiklehrkräften
    Dr. Christoph Kulgemeyer (Prof. Dr. Horst Schecker, FB 01: Physik)
  • Konsumkritisches Medienhandeln
    Dr. Sigrid Kannengießer (Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp, FB 09: Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft)
  • Switchable Radicals in First-Row Transition Metal Complexes – Controllable Redox Non-Innocent Ligands as the Key for Small Molecule Activation.
    Dr. sc. Dipl. Chem. Matthias Vogt (Jens Beckmann, Faculty 02: Chemistry)
  • Romanisierung und Verbrüderung. Religiöse und berufliche Organisation im Imperium Romanum
    Dr. Benedikt Eckhardt (Tassilo Schmitt, FB 08: Geschichtswissenschaft)
  • Survival of the fittest: Unraveling the role of membrane lipids in physiological adaptations of marine bacterioplankton
    Dr. Florence Schubotz (Prof. Kai-Uwe Hinrichs, Faculty 05: Geosciences)
  • Erforschung von Politikdiffusion in Gesundheitssystemen am Beispiel von Policy Learning in Managed Care
    Dr. Mirella Cacace (Prof. Dr. Heinz Rothgang, FB 11: Gesundheitswissenschaften)
  • A range of state-of-the-art computational chemistry methods will be used to study phenomena related to the host-guest interactions in zeolites, in particular the structure and bonding of water molecules and ammonium cations, the adsorption behaviour of polar guest species, and the elastic properties.
    Dr. rer. nat. Michael Fischer (Prof. Reinhard X. Fischer, Faculty 05: Geosciences)
  • Die molekularen Interaktionen des Hepatitis A-Virus (HAV) mit der Wirtszelle bei der Aufnahme und der Freisetzung des Virus
    Dr. Dajana Paulmann (Prof. Dotzauer, FB 02: Biologie)


  • Dynamics of interdependent decisions
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Bornholdt (FB 01: Physik), Prof. Dr. Uwe Schimank (FB 08: Sozialwissenschaften)