Working group on "Interdisciplinarity" at the Scientific Retreat at Villa Vigoni
Working group on "Interdisciplinarity" at the Scientific Retreat at Villa Vigoni

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Projects

The funding programme aims to promote research collaborations between researchers (non-tenured). Collaborative projects involving doctoral researchers will be also considered. An interdisciplinary research project gives grant holders the opportunity to identify and explore new, innovative and/or risky research perspectives with neighbouring disciplines and across disciplines. The grant should facilitate expert-intensive and inspiring research and offer recipients the chance to work together with colleagues from different disciplines, as well as to develop cross-cutting methods and topics.

The grant may cover consumables, staff (student assistants), the costs for a retreat, a research meeting or a workshop.

Who may apply?

In line with the multidisciplinary character of the Zukunftskolleg, the programme is open to fellows of the Zukunftskolleg in collaboration with non-tenured researchers (postdoctoral researchers, junior professors, research group leaders etc.) at the University of Konstanz. Projects involving non-tenured researchers from other universities are also welcome.


Applications must contain:

  • Abstract of the research proposal. In case of a positive decision, the abstract will be published on the homepage of the Zukunftskolleg
  • A description of the scientific objectives that clearly states the interdisciplinary nature of the scientific project. The description should be written for an interdisciplinary decision-making committee. (max. 4 pages)
  • A work plan
  • An expenditure plan for the year 2023
  • CVs of the principal investigators involved in the research project (maximum length 3 pages per principal investigator)
  • Proof of the employment or of the scholarship at the University of Konstanz. From the doctoral researchers we expect a confirmation from the supervisors acknowledging the involvement in the interdisciplinary project.

    At the end of the project, we expect a final report on how the project goals were or were not achieved (1 page). The winners will be invited to present the project within the Jour fixe meetings of the Zukunftskolleg.

Results of previous calls


The following projects are funded:

  1. "The evolving role of search engines as information intermediaries during the COVID-19 pandemic. A cross-platform longitudinal study of information quality of web search" - cooperation between Juhi Kulshrestha (Politics and Public Administration), Myhola Makhortykh (University of Bern), Roberto Ulloa (GESIS-Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences) and Aleksandra Urman (Univ. of Zürich)
  2. "Corpus Exploration at Scale Using Contextual Implicit Entity Networks" - cooperation between Andreas Spitz (Computer and Information Science), Maud Ehrmann (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and Matteo Romanello (University of Lausanne)        
  3. "Disclosing unperceived memory: Chilean posephemeric Muralism in European exile. Actor networks, transnational politics, untold testimonies – The documentary" - cooperation between Sandra Rudman (Literature) and filmmaker Daniel Oblitas Baca (CLACSO, the Latin American Council of Social Sciences)


The following project is funded:

"Towards assisted contect analysis" - cooperation between Franziska Weeber (Dept. of History and Sociology) and Felix Hamborg (Dept. of Computer and Information Science)


The following project is funded:

"Stratification, ways of life and socio-political orientations in Kenya and Cote d´Ivoire. A comparative mixed-methods study in Sociology and Political Science"  - cooperation between Anja Osei (Politics and Public Administration) and Florian Stoll (Cultural Studies, University of Bayreuth)

2019_2nd call

The following project was funded:

Open Lab: an open-science platform for online data collection - application by Yury Shevchenko (Psychology)

2019_1st call

The following projects were funded:

  • "Investigating mutual regulation by master switches of intestinal cell death and inflammation" – cooperation between Eugenia Delgado (Biological Pharmacy) and Barbara Franke (Biology)
  • "A high-performance closed-loop platform for collective fish behaviour experiments" – coopreation between Liang Li (Biology) and Hanhe Lin (Computer Science)
  • " Modulation of the host nuclear receptor LRH-1 by intestinal microbiota" – cooperation between Anna Pia Plazzo (Biology) and Thomas Böttcher (Chemistry)
  • "Cultural ecosystem services and human well-being in Madagascar under climate change" – cooperation between Mialy Razanajatovo (Biology), Jan Petzold (Geography, Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research Bremen) and Sasha Kosanic (Biology)
  • "The communication network in collective decision-making: How does group structure affect decision dynamics and outcomes?" – cooperation between Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin (Biology) and Helge Giese (Psychology)
  • "Exploring emerging mechanisms of ubiquitin signalling in muscle regulation" – cooperation between Jennifer Flemming (Biology) and Christoph Globisch (Chemistry)
  • "Multifunctional Gold Mesocrystals: How to create light-induced “Switches”?" – cooperation between Elena Sturm (Chemistry) and Dmytro Sysoiev (Biochemistry)

2017_2nd call

The following projects were funded:

  • "Identification of media bias in news articles using automated frame analysis" – cooperation between Bela Gipp (Dept. Computer and Information Science) & Karsten Donnay (Dept. Politics and Public Administration)
  • "Conceiving an electronic lab notebook using blockchain technology to promote data integrity and reproducibility in scientific research" – cooperation between Michael Kovermann (Associated Fellow/Dept. of Chemistry) & Bela Gipp (Dept. of Computer and Information Science)
  • "Postprandial calorie distribution in the fruit fly Drosophila" – cooperation between Elizabeth Yohannes (Dept. of Biology/Limnology) and Wolf Huetteroth (Dept. of Biology)
  • "How genomic relatedness within and across groups shapes the behaviour of vulturine guineafowl" – cooperation between Damien Farine (Dept. of Biology/Biodiversity and Collective Behaviour) & Robert Kraus and Gisela Kopp (Dept. of Biology/Physical Ecology and Animal Migrations)
  • "Cracking the structural and genetic basis of tooth biomineralization in snail-crushing cichlid fishes" – cooperation between Elena Sturm (Research Fellow/Dept. of Chemistry) & Claudius Kratochwil (Fellow/Dept. of Biology)

2017_1st call

The following projects were funded:

  • "Psychological Determinants of Endurance Performance" – cooperation between Maik Bieleke (Dept. of Psychology) & Wanja Wolff (Dept. of Sports Science)
  • "The Mediating Effect of Mental Health on the Relationship Between War Exposure and Social Capital" – cooperation between Roos van der Haer (Dept. of Politics and Public Administration) & Tobias Hecker (Dept. of Psychology, University of Zurich)
  • "Empracing 'Otherness': Medieval Africa - An Interdisciplinary Collaborative Project" – cooperation between Verena Krebs (Dept. of History and Sociology, Art History) & Christoph Rolker & Felix Girke (both Dept. of History and Sociology, Social and Cultural Anthropology)
  • "Statistical and Machine Learning in the Problems of Computational Chemistry" – cooperation between Oleksandra Kukharenko (Dept. of Chemistry) & Lyudmila Grigoryeva (Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics)


The following project was funded:

  • "Investigating the Major Photoprotection Mechanism of Diatoms with Ultrafast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy" – cooperation between Bernard Lepetit (Fellow/ Dept. of Biology) & Daniele Brida (Research Fellow/Dept. of Physics)


The following projects were funded:

  • "Mesocrystals from Magnetic Nanoparticle Assembly: From Structure-Properties Relation to Applications" – cooperation between Elena Sturm (Research Fellow/Dept. of Chemistry) & Torsten Pietsch (Research Fellow/Dept. of Physics)
  • "Looking Inside the ‘Black Box’ of Soil in Plant-Soil Feedback Experiments: Does the Plant Root Microbiome Differ According to Plant Species Identity and Plant Phylogenetic History?" – cooperation between Michael Pester (Research Fellow/Dept. of Biology/Microbiology) & Wayne Dawson (Dept. of Biology/Ecology)
  • "Conducting Large-Scale Surveys Through SMS and Mobile Payments in India" – cooperation between Sebastian Schutte (Postdoctoral Fellow/Dept. of Politics and Public Administration) & Roos van der Haer (Dept. of Politics and Public Administration)


The following projects were funded:

  • “Feature-Based Extraction of Contentious Actor – Statements from News Narratives” – cooperation between Philip Leifeld (Postdoctoral Fellow/Politics and Public Administration), and Jürgen Lerner (Computer and Information Science)
  • “Helping and Cooperation in a Normative and in a Clinical Population of Children: an Interdisciplinary Investigation” – cooperation between Margarita Stolarova (Research Fellow/of Psychology), Roman Rädle (Computer and Information Science), and Nora Hangel (Cluster of Excellence/Philosophy)
  • “History and Film: Screening the Dictatorial Past in Argentina, Chile and Brazil” – cooperation between Nina Schneider (Postdoctoral Fellow/History and Sociology), and Estela Schindel (Cluster of Excellence/History and Sociology)