Hamburg takes its public research funding to a new level. The aim of the new research funding concept is to selectively provide Hamburg‘s public universities and institutes of higher education with additional state funds for research in addition to base funding. The advanced funding was introduced to allow universities to expand their strengths in research, set new priorities, and to better promote themselves when competing for funding at national and European level. Hamburg new state research programme is open to all subject areas. Support is granted both to basic and applied research. In Hamburg‘s two-year budget, 10.2 million euro each have been allocated for the years 2013 and 2014, with similar sums envisaged for the future.
In designing the new state grants, the universities of Hamburg and an external scientific advisory council were closely involved. Members of the council included the following German professors: Ulrike Beisiegel, President of the University of Göttingen; Ulrike Bergermann, Braunschweig University of Art, Antje Boetius, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association and Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology; Ulrich Herbert, University of Freiburg; Klaus Niederdrenk, Münster University of Applied Sciences, as well as Kerstin Thurow, University of Rostock. Applications for start-up funding for all research subjects pursued by research associations and graduate schools as well as research projects of arts and design colleges can be made immediately.I n further proceedings, they will be evaluated by subject-specific experts prior to final approval or dismission by the Hamburg Ministry of Science and Research.