PIER Idea Fund

Within the scope of their strategic Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research (PIER), Universität Hamburg and DESY promote cooperation across the two institutions and between the PIER research and competence fields (i.e. Particle and Astroparticle Physics, Nanoscience, Photon Science, Infection and Structural Biology, Theoretical Physics, and Accelerator Science). For this purpose, Universität Hamburg and DESY have established the PIER Idea Fund. The aim of this seed money funding scheme is to enable researchers of the two institutions to identify complementary strengths, facilitate the use of synergies, promote the development of future joint research projects, and establish contacts to international colleagues in their respective fields.

PIER Seed Projects

Funding for innovative, creative and unusual research ideas.


PIER Workshops

Funding for scientific and network workshops, scientific speed dating, idea-finding process workshops etc..


PIER Fellowships

Funding for guest stays of international scientists in Hamburg from two weeks to two months.                          


PIER Templates

You can find the templates for the funding instruments here.



Naoko Ogawa-Goehlich
Building 61
Room 118b
+49-40-8998-5500 Tel.:+49-40-8998-5500
E-Mail: info@pier-hamburg.de

Additional info

PIER is the strategic partnership between DESY and Universität Hamburg ("Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research)". It is a future-oriented collaboration between two strong partners in the Hamburg metropolitan area which aim to jointly promote top-level education, research and innovation.

PIER focuses on the following research fields: Particle and Astroparticle Physics, Nanosciences, Photon Science and Infection and Structural Biology. Additional interdisciplinary areas include Theory of Physics (Wolfgang Pauli Centre) and Accelerator Research. PIER is jointly funded by DESY, Universität Hamburg, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), the Helmholtz Association and the Joachim Herz Stiftung.

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