Funding Opportunity: Research ENHANCE.R


The Program

RWTH Aachen University has been part of ENHANCE – European Universities of Technology Alliance since November 2020. ENHANCE develops and tests forward-looking models in research, teaching, innovation, societal transfer, and organization in various pilot areas. To ensure that these can be successfully institutionalized, upscaled, and transferred, the project will receive funding ENHANCE.D from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

As part of the Research ENHANCE.R measure, professors of RWTH Aachen University can apply for funding for academic staff. For 2023, three 50% part-time positions corresponding to the German public service pay scale of TV-L 13.2 are available for twelve months. Applications are open to candidates from all disciplines. This measure aims to promote networking among ENHANCE partners at subject level in order to initiate joint research projects.

Who Can Apply?

Professors of RWTH Aachen University from all disciplines

Duration and Resources

Research ENHANCE.R initiates research collaborations with one or more ENHANCE partners. The funding includes a maximum of a 50% part-time position TV-L 13.2 for twelve months as well as travel and living allowances for initiation visits. The funding start date is January 1, 2023.


ENHANCE.D aims to increase the visibility of RWTH and the ENHANCE network at the national, European, and international level by increasing the number of research collaborations in which German and European external funding are acquired and international co-publications produced. As part of the measure, early-career researchers at RWTH will gain international and intercultural experience in research cooperations by proactively initiating joint activities. Further networking of RWTH research areas with ENHANCE partners strengthens and expands the network for the long term. Finally, the increased research cooperation of the major technical universities that make up the ENHANCE network will lead to combined forces with a strong drive for progress in research that will unlock innovative potential for Germany and Europe.

Selection Criteria

  • Quality of the project idea and prospects of long-term cooperation with ENHANCE partners
  • Suitability of the research collaborator
  • Suitability of the project in relation to the overall goals of ENHANCE

Application Deadline

Applications can be submitted until October 24, 2022.

Application Documents

  • Outline of the project idea, which is the basis for research collaborations with ENHANCE partners, including a rough time schedule and intended results (for example, publication external funding proposal, et cetera)
  • CV of the researcher to be funded
  • Informal letter of intent from the ENHANCE partners at subject level, indicating the desire to collaborate.


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Key Information

Target group: professors and academic staff