Call for EAM Starting Grant 2023/24 – deadline short summary extended

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Announcement EAM Starting Grant 2023/2024

Call for proposals (deadline June 30, 2023)

Dear FAU researchers,

To support the most talented young scientists working in the field of new materials and processes, the FAU Competence Center Engineering of Advanced Materials (FAU EAM) is launching a new call for the EAM Starting Grants. The grant is endowed with 100,000 Euro, and should serve as seed for the preparation of a Starting Grant of the European Research Council.

The recipients of the grants are required to apply for an ERC Starting Grant in 2024 or 2025 the latest. The grant must be used for the specific research needs of the grant recipient (personal, equipment, consumables, dissemination). Please see to the attached funding criteria for more details. Funds will be available immediately after a positive decision and have to be spent completely by December 2024. Only proposals with a strong link to new materials and processes research will be considered. Proposals clearly related to ongoing or future collaborative research initiatives are particularly welcome. Further information can be provided by EAM Administration.

Besides the financial support, the successful candidates will be invited to join the FAU Competence Center EAM as full members. They will be also given the opportunity of participating in the training program designated for early stage academics offered within FAU EAM.

In order to apply, candidates are requested to send a tentative title and a short summary of a grant (max 2,000 characters) to by June 10, 2023. This material will be used to identify suitable referees. The deadline for the submission of the proposals is June 30, 2023. The proposals need to be provided in the electronic form to The evaluation will be overseen by the EAM Executive Board and will be based on assessments by highly esteemed external referees. A decision is expected by September 2023.

Guidelines for proposals:

The requirements of the proposal are equal to those of the ERC Starting Grant (section 1) and are as follows:

  1. Title page with an abstract (2,000 characters)
  2. Scientific leadership potential (max. 1 page)
    • Extended synopsis of the scientific proposal (max. 5 pages): a concise presentation of the proposal including the scientific feasibility of the project, with particular attention to its groundbreaking nature and how it may open up new horizons or opportunities in research.
  3. CV (max. 2 pages)
  4. Early achievement track-record (max. 2 pages):
    • Publications as main author in major international peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary scientific journals and/or leading international peer-reviewed journals, peer-reviewed conference proceedings and/or monographs
    • Granted patents
    • Invited presentations to peer-reviewed, internationally established conferences and/or international advanced schools
    • Awards, scholarships and granted research projects under the name of the applicant


The application can be strengthened by outlining the significance/relation of your research to current and future research initiatives (e.g. EXC, CRC, RTG) at FAU.

For specific questions, please refer to Ina Viebach ( or 09131 85-70475).


Best regards,


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Erdmann Spiecker

Spokesperson FAU Competence Center EAM