Sustainability funding at the University of Innsbruck 2021 for early stage researchers

Funding by the Stiftungsfonds für Umweltökonomie und Nachhaltigkeit GmbH (SUN) and the Förderkreis 1669 of the University of Innsbruck.


The funding provided during this call for proposals will support early stage researchers at the University of Innsbruck which are working on topics of sustainability.

Proposed projects should contribute to the development of the interdisciplinary „Center for Sustainability“, which will connect the existing research competencies of the different departments of the University of Innsbruck in order to develop comprehensive and sound solutions to challenges related to sustainability and sustainable development.

Project proposals submitted by all departments which are contributing to establishing topics of sustainability in research, teaching and society are eligible if they contribute to at least one of the following categories:

  1. Research: The University of Innsbruck as a living lab
    1. Working on questions or developing measures regarding sustainability at the University of Innsbruck
    2. involving students and/or staff of the University of Innsbruck

Eligible projects have a scientific basis and deal with all aspects of sustainability at the University (processes, operations, etc.) or actively involve students and/or staff of the university in research.

  1. Teaching: Embedding of sustainability in teaching and fostering the sustainability awareness and competencies students

Eligible projects integrate sustainability into the teaching and enable the deliberate work of students on relevant topics. In addition, they foster the awareness of students on issues of sustainability as well as their respective competencies.

  1. Society: Sustainability research which includes society, citizen science projects

Eligible projects actively include citizens or societal actors in research and use their results to foster sustainability in the society.

In addition, a strengthening of the interdisciplinary cooperation between different departments or institutes is desired.


The call for proposals is open to early stage researchers. Eligible researchers have completed their masters or diploma, but have either not completed a PhD or have completed it not more than 5 years prior to the application deadline.

In addition, applicants have to be in direct employment at the University of Innsbruck during the duration of the planned project (this employment can, but does not have to be, within the framework of the proposed project).

Amount and duration of funding

The maximum amount of funding per project is EUR 25.000,- with a maximum duration of 12 months.

Funded projects start in January 2022 and should be finished within 2022.

Eligible costs

The following project specific costs can be applied for:

  • Personnel costs according to the collective bargaining agreement
  • Material and travel costs
  • Costs for infrastructure and equipment

Costs associated with the participation at conferences or publications (including open access fees) are not eligible for funding.

Application procedure

The following documents have tob e submitted:

- Application form according to the remplate 

- Project description (max. 5 pages) in English or German, containing:

  • Clear goals / expected project results
  • Contribution of the project to sustainability in one of the areas of the call (research, teaching, society)
  • Methods
  • Timetable & budget
  • Project participants (Institutes or organisational units, external partners)

- CV of the applicant and if applicable of the supervisor. List of the most important publications of the applicant if available.


Applictions including all required documents have to be submitted until

Friday, 12th of November 2021

by entering the application into the project database through the authorized person of the institute.


The funded projects will be announced in November 2021. Criteria for evaluation are the contribution to the goals of the call as well as the feasibility of the project (methods, budget, time-plan).

Please note that fulfilling the formal requirements of the application does not imply any kind of legal claim to funding.

Funded projects are expected to provide a short final report and participate in a joint closure meeting with presentations of the project results in 2023.

Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Tilmann Märk

Rector of the University of Innsbruck



Please direct any questions to:

Dipl.-Geoökol. Lorenzo Anatol Rieg, PhD, Office of the Vicerector for Infrastructure, Sustainability Coordinator, University of Innsbruck

Phone 0512/507-9009; E-Mail:


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