DAAD grant provides financing boost for U!REKA

17 Dec 2019 11:24 | Communication

U!REKA’s aim to participate in the European Universities Initiative (EUI) is being supported by a successful DAAD grant application, which guarantees up to EUR 450,000 over a three-year period (2020-2022).

This provides a welcome financing boost to the U!REKA consortium as it sets its sights on a successful second EUI bid. The European Union’s European Universities Initiative aims to create the transnational universities of the future, a mission that strongly resonates with U!REKA’s partners. The alliance is currently preparing its application ahead of the February 2020 deadline.

European ambitions

Consortium partner and beneficiary Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, U!REKA’s German representative, applied for the funding on behalf of the alliance. These funds were made available by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which awards grants on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The grants are intended to strengthen the European dimension of German higher education institutions in multilateral European networks – of which U!REKA serves as a prime example.

The DAAD grants specifically target EUI pilot applicants and includes two funding lines: one for successful applications requiring a funding top-up, and one for parties such as U!REKA, which were considered worthy of funding under the EUI programme but were not initially successful due to the selection ranking and the limited funds available.

Looking forward

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences will receive a maximum EUR 150,000 per year over a three-year period, starting in 2020.

This funding will go to good use at U!REKA, which sees this grant as an ideal opportunity to further develop its joint curriculum projects, enhancing active student participation in U!REKA, research support, short-term mobility offering, summer schools and higher education research and development (HERD) activities.

“Within U!REKA, we consider the DAAD grant as an excellent boost to our alliance’s joint activities. In the coming months we will further develop our allocation plan for this fund as we simultaneously focus on a successful bid in the second EUI call,” says Prof. Dr. René Thiele, Vice President for Academic and International Affairs at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and a member of the U!REKA Steering Committee.