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What is a NWVM workgroup?

Interdisciplinary research topics being innovative and risky need a supportive environment. New scientific alliances are crucial to bridge the gap and to realize interdisciplinary collaboration.

One structured but flexible instrument to support interdisciplinary collaboration is an interdisciplinary and international NWVM work group

  • consisting of a group of scientists from different disciplinary backgrounds,
  • with a clear objective to realize, for example a project proposal or a publication,
  • collaborating over a certain period of time, which can be definded accordingly, for instance one year with two working group meetings of two to three days.

Scientists from NWVM member institutions can apply for financial support to set up such a workgroup.

What are the benefits and what does the NWVM offer?

  • Financial support: Scientists can apply for financial support to realize workgroup meetings on a regular base over the duration of the workgroup phase. This can include travel expenses, accommodation and catering for working group meetings etc.
  • Project development and management support: NWVM Office for Guest Scientists offers additional support in order to for example
      • establish a project (third party-funded) out of the working group to continue and extend the collaboration
      • apply for additional funding in order to invite an international workgroup participant for a longer research stay, combined with a workgroup meeting.
  • Organizational support and infrastructure: If you seek a venue for workgroup meetings: the NWVM Office for Guest Scientists – in charge of international and interdisciplinary NWVM activities – is situated at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) in Delmenhorst. Being a NWVM member itself as well as a linking pin in international and interdisciplinary research in the region, the HWK offers organizational support and infrastructure for working group meetings.

What are the requirements to apply for a NWVM working group?

  • interdisciplinary composition of the working group, including scientists from natural and social sciences and humanities (at least two of the three spheres) with an interdisciplinary topic related to the marine realm,
  • minimum of three NWVM member institutions involved,
  • applicant from one of the NWVM member institutions,
  • international participants at the working groups activities,
  • we encourage participation of doctoral students

The proposal (max. of five pages) should include

  • topic and objectives,
  • expected outcome,
  • confirmed participants (name and institution),
  • detailed financing plan, also including the exact amount you apply for at NWVM
  • detailed schedule for the overall duration of the working group.
  • Workgroups should promote intermediate and final results also via the NWVM homepage.

Where to send the proposal?

Please send it as a one pdf file to NWVM, Britta Hamann (née Stigge), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have further questions, please contact Britta Hamann, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 04221 9160-122.