PIER Seed Projects

Call for PIER Seed Projects 2022 is closed.

PIER Seed Projects promote innovative research ideas in the PIER research fields particle & astroparticle physics, nanoscience, photon science, infection & structural biology, accelerator research, and theoretical physics. New this year is also the inclusion of data science into the list of research fields eligible for PIER funding. Projects must have a cross-institutional dimension and involve researchers from both DESY and Universität Hamburg/University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). The funding program is particularly aimed at qualified early-career 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. Funding will focus on creative ideas, lateral thinking as well as risky research ideas with possibly high potential benefits.

All applications received are currently processed and reviewed. Our office will contact applicants eligible to present their proposal in front of the selection committee. Please note that all presentations will take place, by invitation only, on Friday, June 3, 2022.


Funded Projects 2021

In this call for PIER Seed Projects, five proposals have been selected by the jury to receive seed funding out of the PIER Idea Fund. 10 applications had been submitted to the PIER Office until the deadline in March 2021.