CZS Nexus

The call for proposals aims to promote interdisciplinary research groups that are related to one or more of the CZS focus topics of "Artificial Intelligence", "Resource Efficiency" or "Life Science Technologies".

Detailed information:

Topic: STEM impulses
Programme: CZS Nexus
Target group: Postdocs
Funding budget: 1.500.000 €
Letter of intent deadline: 13.10.2023


We are looking for outstanding young scientists who are aiming to implement exciting ideas at the interfaces between different STEM disciplines. In addition to an interdisciplinary nature, the research topic must be related to "Artificial Intelligence", "Resource Efficiency" or "Life Science Technologies". This connection can be, for example, the qualification of staff, the application of methods or the transfer of results in the application. An interdisciplinary orientation should already be evident in the applicants' backgrounds, in the design of the research project, in the planned composition of the team and in the institutional embedding of the group. The focus of the project can be both basic and application-orientated research. 

What are the application requirement specifications?

The proposed project 

  • will establish an independent working group at a state university or non-university research institution (host institution).
  • is in the field of STEM at the interface between two or more subject areas according to the DFG subject classification system.
  • is related to Artificial Intelligence, Resource Efficiency or Life Science Technologies.

Who is eligible to apply?

Postdoctoral researchers who completed their doctorate no more than four years ago and who are planning to establish their own research group at a host institution in 

  • in Baden-Württemberg
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Thuringia

are eligible to apply.


The funding period is five to six years. The earliest possible project start date is 1 October 2024 and the project must start by no later than 1 February 2025.

Administration Point

Judith Hohendorff

Program Manager

Phone: +49 (0)711 - 162213 - 12