Overview of internal funding

Promoting education and research is a high priority for the Hochschule Kaiserslautern. In order to support the members of the university, there are many funding options available.

Around €680,000 per year is invested in five different funding schemes.

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Promoting education and research is a high priority for the Hochschule Kaiserslautern. In order to support the members of the university, there are many funding options available. Around €680,000 per year is invested in five different funding schemes.

name of Grant Date of provision Issuing committee Funding / Year (€) Recipient
Budget for Research and Innovation Invitations are sent by email to all professors Research Committee Approx. 240,000 All teaching staff
Basic Materials Grant January 31st of each year Main Committee 120,000 (minus the €5,000 per professorship paid out regularly) All newly appointed Professors of the Year
Quality in Teaching Invitations are sent by email to all university members (students and employees) Senate Committee for Quality and Teaching 120,000 All university members
Student Success 150,000
Research-Driven Learning for Courses Invitations are sent by email to all professors, twice a year Work Group for Research-Driven Learning 45,000 All teaching staff and students

More information on the funding sources

Budget for Research and Innovation

The internal Budget for Research and Innovation at the Hochschule Kaiserslautern serves as start-up financing for externally funded projects and can also be used to bridge the gap between two projects. It is primarily intended to enable newly appointed colleagues, or those with little experience in externally funded projects, to make a start in applied research. The aims include increasing the university’s external activities and eligibility for external funding, and the resulting improvements to the university’s image.

You can apply for funding for staff or material resources. There is a total of approximately €240,000 on offer each year. You can learn about the criteria in the guidelines. The application rounds are held internally each year, in August. The Research Committee makes recommendations on how to prioritize the applications submitted. Special attention will be paid to applications from new professors. No party is specifically entitled to receive funding. A year after the funding is issued, a report on how the funding was used and the status of the project must be submitted.

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Basic Materials Grant

Every new professor is given €5000 as “start capital” as part of their appointment. This grant is independent of the other subject-related funding and is intended for acquisition of a computer, books, licenses, etc. Evidence of how the funding was used must be submitted to the university management.

Professors can also apply for additional funding for basic materials. Each professor may be awarded up to €50,000. The application must take the form of a proposal (2 to 3 pages) that illustrates how the funding will be used to support education and research, as well as an oral presentation by the professor. The Main Committee decides how the funding will be allocated. The submission deadline is January 31st of each year. The funding may only be used to pay for material resources, not for staff resources. The ongoing costs for material resources must be covered by the faculty.

A total of €120,000 is available for this funding scheme each year. This fund is used both as “start-up capital” for professors and for further basic materials funding.

Quality in Teaching and Student Success

The Department for Quality in Learning and Teaching provides €120,000 twice a year. €150,000 is provided once a year from the Student Success project. The Senate for Quality in Learning and Teaching (SQL) decides how to allocate the funding. Therefore, the senate can provide two rounds of funding each year to applicants, one totaling €120,000, the other, €270,000. Any members of the university who wish to realize innovative projects in the field of teaching may apply. The aim of the funding is to improve the quality of education at the university. Fulfilling the funding criteria (see the call for proposals) will be the decisive factor in awarding this funding.

The proposals may include funding for both material and staff resources. The applicant should always have the projected personnel costs inspected by the HR department.

Research-Driven Learning for Courses

As part of the BMBF-funded project  “Promoting Individual Study Paths” (FIS) in its 2nd funding phase, €22,500 can be allocated per semester to projects by teaching staff and students at the Hochschule Kaiserslautern, whereby the maximum grant for each project is generally set at €3,000. You can apply for funding for staff or material resources. It is intended to fund projects that are integrated into a Bachelor's or Master’s degree course as an elective module, or are offered in addition to the existing courses. As part of these activities, the students must engage with specific research matters. The project may also be initiated by a student, however approval from an instructor is required for submitting the proposal. To conclude the project, the parties involved must also create a poster or publication on the content and results of the project. This will reflect the university’s goal of ensuring and further developing high quality university education.                                                                                                                                

contact persons

Budget für Forschung und Innovation
Dr. Susanne Schohl
Erstausstattungsmittel
Kathrin Kilian, M.A.
Qualität in der Lehre und Studierenden-Erfolg
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) M.A. Viola Küßner
Forschendes Lernen für Lehrveranstaltungen
Dr. Jessica Weyer