Kyoto University (KU) and Universität Hamburg (UHH) Funding Program
In July 2020, Kyoto University (KU) and Universität Hamburg (UHH) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to form a joint strategic partnership. With the goal of initiating and strengthening their cooperation in research and education, KU and UHH have launched a funding program to support joint projects. The funding shall enable KU and UHH faculty and researchers to identify complementary strengths, facilitate the use of synergies, and promote the future development of outstanding projects.
The joint funding program can be used either to intensify ongoing cooperation or to launch new joint research and education projects. In this context, KU and UHH have released a general call for joint research projects which either deepen existing research links or facilitate new collaboration. To promote the involvement of early career researchers (ECRs) in the exchange and collaboration, the universities have also released a call for ECR mobility program proposals.
This is a call for the Early Career Researchers Program. Please note that another call for the General Program of the Kyoto University-Universität Hamburg Funding Program will be published in spring of 2023.
| Call for ECR Mobility Program Proposals 2022
| Amount of funding by UHH: Up to 3.000 EUR per person for UHH researchers visiting KU
| Amount of funding by KU: Up to 400,000 JPY per person for KU researchers visiting UHH
| Funded period: mid-October 2022 to early March 2023
| Deadline for submission of project proposal: 6:59 (JST) 2 August 2022 / 23:59 (CEST) 1 August 2022
Funded Projects through the Common Call of 2021
Detailed information: ECR Funding Call
Proposals for the KU-UHH funding scheme should be submitted by candidates who are fulltime faculty members of KU or UHH, or, in the case of students and postdoctoral research fellows, by the candidate’s academic supervisor. Proposals must be submitted in English and in one PDF together with the ECR Program Application Form.
The required documents are as follows:
- Completed application form, including:
- Project title
- Details of the applicant, and the visiting and host researchers
- Description of the planned project/activities (max. length: 2 pages)
- Budget calculation
- Complete CVs of the project coordinators from both institutions. CVs of the other project participants should also be provided if necessary.
The submission deadline for proposals is 6:59 (JST) 2 August 2022 / 23:59 (CEST) 1 August 2022.
All proposals from KU and UHH applicants should be sent to Mr. Gero Hemker of Universität Hamburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for joint activities will be provided on a competitive basis. Projects will be selected by a joint KU-UHH committee, giving particular attention to the following criteria:
- A clearly formulated activity plan (comprehensible to non-experts).
- Potential for strengthening institutional links between KU and UHH.
- Potential for the development of sustainable research collaboration and exchange.
- Potential for acquiring third party funding in the future.
- Validity of the reasons for which the funding is necessary.
Export control, academic freedom, and in-depth review procedure
The Department of International Affairs helps Universität Hamburg researchers by minimizing the risk of and providing a sound basis for international cooperation. In 2020, Universität Hamburg’s Executive University Board resolved to establish a review process for international cooperation. The University Administration will review funding applications and cooperation agreements with international partners with regard to the upholding of academic freedom and the requirements of the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA). If cooperation topics are relevant to further control rights issues, and if the cooperating institution is located in a country that the Academic Freedom Index (AFI) has listed as restricting academic freedom, an in-depth review procedure will be initiated. Both the first and the in-depth review will be conducted within strictly defined parameters.
The UHH grants up to 3.000 EUR per person for UHH researchers visiting KU.
The KU grants up to 400,000 JPY per person for the travel expenses of 3–4 KU researchers visiting UHH for short-term research stays.
The proposed activities should be conducted during the period mid-October 2022 to early March 2023. Travel expenses will be provided in accordance with the applicable regulations of each university.
A report of the program must be submitted after its completion. The report shall be made publicly available.