Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv)

1st Flexpool call for doctoral research projects in iDiv's upcoming 3rd funding phase*

The main purpose of this Flexpool call is to instigate innovative research projects that integrate across the wide expertise of the iDiv community and increase the visibility of iDivs’ “integrative” character across all member institutions. Successful projects should specifically focus on topics integrating within and across the five research areas (RAs): Biodiversity Change, Biodiversity and Complexity, Molecular Biodiversity and Adaptation, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning and Biodiversity and Society.

At first glance:

  • Available positions: 10 PhD positions
  • Components of the call: Eligibility, selection criteria, submission process, evaluation, pre-approval, recruitement, funding, monitoring
  • Applicants: Full iDiv members including junior group leaders (JGLs) but excluding iDiv core professors and their / other iDiv staff who are full members
  • Co-applicants: Full iDiv members including iDiv core professors and external scientists heavily involved in the development of the proposal
  • Selection criteria: Excellence, integration, activity
  • Flexpool Evaluation Committee: Science Strategy Board (SSB) members and their deputies not included as main PI or co-PI in any of the proposal and additional members or other scientists to represent expertise in underrepresented research areas.


The call includes salary (65%, E 13) for one PhD position for ~ 3 years + 11 months, consumables, travel and publication costs. Consumables must be specified and as a rule are expected not to exceed a budget of 10 k€ peryear. Justified exceptions may be considered.

Deadlines and important dates:

  • Proposal submission deadline: 30 April 2020, 11:59 hours (a.m. – afternoon!) CET
  • Decision step 1: 14 May 2020
  • Invitation to oral presentation: 15 May 2020
  • Oral presentation & final decision: 28 / 29 May 2020
  • SSB approval: 03 June 2020
  • Advertising positions: 04 June 2020
  • Application deadline for candidates: 10 July 2020
  • Candidate selection: 17 July 2020
  • Inviting candidates: 17 July 2020
  • Recruitment symposium: 31 August / 01 September 2020
  • Project begin: ~ 15 October 2020 (or as soon as possible after 01 October 2020 – please note that Flexpool funding will end by September 2024, and the later a PhD student starts, the shorter the funding period).

Proposals shall be submitted to Christa Genz ( as a single PDF-file. In case of positive approval of the renewal proposal by DFG, positive evaluation of a project and the recruitment of a suitable candidate, funding can begin as soon as possible after the beginning of the 3rd funding period (01 October 2020).

Full-length PDF-version of the call can be downloaded here.

Template for proposals can be downloaded here.

*Please note that the funding can only begin if the DFG positively evaluates the renewal proposal of iDiv.

Fast-track call for ‘Taproot’ projects

Within this call, we invite fast-track proposals for seed money for integrative research projects contributing to iDiv’s ‘Taproot’ initiative. Specifically, we are looking for projects that need to strengthen their integrative potential and enhance the recognition and added value of their synergies. Projects can, but need not, fit into an existing or already defined ‘Taproot’, but must show potential to develop integration and depth in a research area core to the central iDiv mission.   

Consumable funds are offered to foster any type of interaction that is needed to develop the project further (e.g., kick-off and regular meetings, seminars, workshops, lab visits, etc.), and are expected not to exceed 10k€; strong justifications for higher costs will be considered. Personnel costs and catering services are not included in this call.

All iDiv scientists, including full and associate members, post- and doctoral researchers, are eligible to apply.

Proposals need to be submitted as a single PDF-file to the member relations officer at iDiv, Dr. Christa Genz ( before the evaluation process starts.

Full-length PDF-version of the call can be downloaded here.

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