PIER Seed Projects

Call for applications now open (Deadline: 30 April 2018)

PIER Seed Projects promote innovative, creative and unusual research ideas with a strong cross-institutional dimension. Projects must involve researchers from both DESY and Universität Hamburg. The funding program is particularly aimed at qualified young scientists. It provides rapid and non-bureaucratic seed funding for the identification, initiation, development, testing and implementation of completely new research ideas, concepts or methods in the PIER research fields. Funding will focus on creative ideas, lateral thinking as well as risky research ideas with possibly high potential benefits.

Funded Projects 2017

Elementary and structural analysis of the insufficiently studied perilacunar bone matrix using X-ray- and electron-based high-resolution imaging techniques (Katharina Jähn, UKE)

Pulsed molecular source for gas-phase spectroscopy on large molecules (Bastian Manschwetus, DESY)

Highly Efficient Generation of Narrowband THz Pulses (Spencer Jolly, Nicholas Matlis, DESY/UHH)

Dark Matter at 10 TeV and beyond, a new goal for cosmic-ray experiments (Filippo Sala, DESY)

Imaging in three and four dimensions: A Deep Learning Network for Natural Science (Marcus Brüggen, Peter Schleper, UHH)

Amorphous and crystalline hybrid mirror coatings (Jessica Steinlechner, UHH)

Stealth nanodisc and Salipro (saposin-lipoprotein) scaffolds for structure determination of integral membrane proteins in native-like environment (Henning Tidow, UHH)