The central elements of the funding initiative are the international Käte Hamburger Collegia. This funding model was developed at the suggestion of the Science Council and combines the advantages of both cooperative and individual research in a unique way. The essential features of the international schools are the fact that they release outstanding researchers to conduct their own independent research work, provide a fellows programme and consider issues of an international nature.
Individual aims of funding:
Funding for Käte Hamburger Collegia is initially limited to a period of six years with an option on a second funding period of a further six years. Up to twelve research schools are to be included in the funding programme.
The German Council of Science and Humanities recommended the establishment of humanities research centres in 1991 in the context of creating prospects for non-university research institutions of the former GDR. The Humanities Research Centres which were founded on the basis of this recommendation represent an innovative element in the research landscape of the Federal Republic of Germany from both a structural and an organizational point of view. Following an evaluation in 2005, the Council specifically recommended the further funding of the Humanities Research Centres which had received positive evaluations.
The BMBF is contributing to giving these Humanities Research Centres a prospect for the future and since 2008, together with the respective host Länder has been providing funding to the following centres within the framework of institutional funding for a period of six plus six years:
The aim of the "Translation Function" funding priority is to demonstrate and develop the expertise of the humanities in "translation" - in the sense of communication, visualization and transfer. Innovative fields of application for translational skills in the humanities are being developed - for example the translation of theoretical knowledge into orientation and practical knowledge - and are strengthening research both in association with and within the museums. Interdisciplinary research collaborations are being funded for this purpose.
The "Interaction between the Natural Sciences and the Humanities" funding priority sets out to encourage researchers in the humanities and the natural sciences to work together in interdisciplinary research collaborations and to extend their intellectual approaches through mutual exchanges. The aim is not least to achieve an equal discussion between various disciplinary cultures and to use humanistic methods to interpret data and results in the natural sciences. Questions in the fields of linguistics and literature, archaeology and classical studies have been chosen as a first step. The funding priority follows on from the BMBF's funding priority "New Scientific Methods and Technologies in the Humanities (NTG)" (1989-2007).
The aim of the funding priority "Strengthening and Advancing Area Studies" is to introduce new forms of cooperation to pool, develop and test existing expertise in the field of area studies. At the same time, steps are to be taken to advance issues in the specific disciplines and interdisciplinary issues and to promote cooperation with the systematic disciplines. Networked, interdisciplinary sites of expertise are to be established in Germany. These will provide a stimulus in this field of humanistic knowledge, not least through close cooperation with foreign researchers. Funding will be provided to ten research projects under two funding lines:
The second funding line was renewed in a second call 2011.
The BMBF funding for area studies is also a contribution to the Federal Government's Internationalization Strategy. There has been a tremendous increase in the need for sound knowledge about distant parts of the world in almost all areas as a result of globalization processes. This means that research and training in the field of area studies can be applied in a wide range of different fields, ranging from trade and economic cooperation to diplomacy and law to culture, disaster management and ecology. Area studies contribute to policy support more than other fields - and in a more targeted way. However, they rarely do this in a way that is immediately obvious. It is far more important to enable and generate a "knowledge reserve" rather than merely focus on the results of short-term contracts.
The selected projects focus on observing political, cultural and economic debates conducted in other countries. In this way, they can enrich debates in Germany and Europe by bringing in the perspectives and approaches of other countries. At the same time, they contribute to ensuring that globalization and issues affecting developing and emerging countries are adequately represented in German research.
The call "Europe seen from the outside" is designed to support junior research groups and pursues two main aims. On the one hand, it promotes the internationalization of the humanities in Germany, and on the other hand, it provides broad-based support for the qualification of young researchers in an interdisciplinary research context.
The funding projects will
An international expert panel recommended seven projects for funding in September 2009. The junior research groups took up their work in the second quarter of 2010.
The research results are discussed in public at panel discussions in the "The Humanities in Dialogue" series.
In order to provide the debate on small disciplines with a sound basis, it is first of all essential to take stock. The BMBF is therefore funding a project to chart small disciplines in collaboration with Potsdam University.
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