Andrea von Braun Stiftung
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Requirements

  • Even though our application process is relatively informal, there are a few things we deem important:
    • Applications should reach us by email only (vorstandavbstiftungde).  Applications sent by conventional (snail) mail require more work and lead to higher costs (stamps, office materials, storage space, etc.). They will reduce our support budget and lengthen processsing times.
    • It would help if you entered your name and project title in the reference line
    • Each application is evaluated on its own merits in the first round. All applications that make it into the second round are presented for final approval to the Board of Trustees.  The number of applications reaching us may influence our turnaround times. Since the first-round evaluation requires some time, it may take a few weeks before you hear from us.
    • The Board normally meets twice a year. For this reason, please plan your financial requirements well in advance.
    • For reasons of fairness we must adhere to our application deadlines without exception.
    • Please do not send envelopes with catalogues, small libraries, collections of CD-ROMs etc. If we need any  originals, supporting data, or any other additional material we will contact you.
    • Please include a 10-line  abstract of your proposed work. We need this for our database. Please pay particular to this part of your application. It is essentially the label under which we handle it and should therefore be both concise, exact, comprehensible and complete. It should include your budget (total and applied for from us), date of project start, planned duration, subject, interdisciplinary aspects, relation to the current Area of Emphasis, and expected results.
    • Please add useful references (CV, school reports and/or transcripts (if applicable), letters of recommendation, etc.). Keep it brief and concise, but with all relevant details and information. Include your detailed budget, planned schedule, sources of financing, and the exact amount you are requesting. Some of the best applications we received have not been longer than three pages.
    • Use standard data formats, i.e. Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) or .pdf, for image data use .jpg, .gif or .pdf. Please do not copy- or write-protect your files with passwords.
    • Save space. It would be better if your application did not exceed 5MB.
  • Our most important criterion in deciding on whether we can support your project or not is that your proposed goals are in line with our Foundation's objectives. You can find these here
    • Our principal aim is the dismantling of barriers between disciplines and areas of knowledge. You should show clearly how and to what extent this will be accomplished by your project, and how the various disciplines involved in your proposed work will mutually reinforce, support or strengthen each other.
    • Please clarify how your project contributes to our current Area of Emphasis
    • We would like to know what purpose the project will ultimately serve or to what problem it can contribute or how it can be implemented in practice.
  • With the acceptance of financial support by the Foundation and upon completion of your proposed project, you as the recipient of funds agree
    • to evaluate and present the interdisciplinary character of your project. First, this will take the form of a so-called learning paper which describes the problems and benefits derived from the interaction of the different disciplines in your project, the difficulties that were encountered, and how these were overcome, or not overcome, what the critical success factors were etc. The idea is for others to profit from experience. The rough length of the learning paper will be agreed upon individually. It should, however, be in a publishable form. The Foundation collects these papers and publishes them over time either in appropriate media, in an in-house newsletter or on the internet.
    • if possible to give a talk on your learning paper at conferences that the Foundation organizes occasionally and that are attended by other Foundation alumni or the general public. In this way, we hope to contribute to an exchange of ideas and experiences in the field of interdisciplinarity, which will also be made available to the general public. Your participation in such conferences will be subject to separate financing by the Foundation.
  • A small suggestion regarding your application style: The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once recommended, "Use common words to say uncommon things." We admit, he did not always heed it himself, but it is still a good piece of advice. We discourage the use of fancy-sounding scientific terms where plain language will do. Write clearly, concisely, and unambiguously in an everyday language. Whoever wants to communicate between disciplines can only do so in a way that can be understood by any newspaper reader.