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Research support at the Alfred Wegener Institute

The Alfred Wegener Institute is one of the worlds’ leading polar research organisations and delivers significant contributions to the international research on climate, marine and coastal issues. Our annual external funding income for research exceeds 22 million EUR.

AWI has a leading role in large national and international research projects, e.g. as the coordinator of EPICA (European Polar Ice Coring in Antarctica), a joint European Science Foundation and European Commission (EC) scientific programme, funded by the EC and by national contributions from 10 countries. Overall, the AWI is involved in international projects since more than 25 years and participated in numerous European FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects and other international collaborations.

EU projects

Currently, the AWI is coordinating and/or participating in numerous EU funded projects granted by the European Commission. Furthermore, the AWI is host of two ERC Starting Grants (PHYTOCHANGE, PETA-CARB), one ERC Advanced Grant (ABYSS) and several Marie Curie Fellowships. In 2013, our annual funding income for EU projects was more than 3 million Euros.

The AWI-coordinated FP7 collaborative project PAGE21 started in November 2011. The PAGE21 consortium comprises the most elite and experienced European permafrost researchers, together with eminent scientists from Canada, Russia, the USA, and Japan. It brings together 19 institutions and small enterprises from 11 different countries, and a large number of international partners in Canada, the USA, and Japan. PAGE21 will aim to understand and quantify the vulnerability of permafrost environments to a changing global climate, and to investigate the feedback mechanisms associated with increasing greenhouse gas emissions from permafrost zones.

The AWI-coordinated Marie Curie IRSES network IMCONet with North and South American and European partners started in February 2013. IMCONet will advance climate and (eco-) system change research at the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), a region of recent rapid aerial warming.  The consortium consists of 16 institutional partners across 10 countries with 85 travelling scientists.  The concept of IMCONet is to strengthen European engagement in Antarctic climate change research, as complementing approach to the major EU focus in the Arctic.

AWI's latest coordinated collaborative project StratoClim started in December 2013. The consortium consists of 28 institutions and small enterprises. StratoClim will produce more reliable projections of climate change and stratospheric ozone by a better understanding and improved representation of key processes in the Upper Troposphere and Stratosphere (UTS). This will be achieved by an integrated approach bridging observations from dedicated field activities, process modelling on all scales, and global modelling with a suite of chemistry climate models and Earth system models.


The team of the Research Support Office supports the scientists at AWI regarding all aspects of financial, legal and administrative issues during proposal preparation and the project implementation. Our main tasks are:


  • Spreading information and advice on European, national, and international funding opportunities
  • Support of proposal preparation
  • Budget calculation and approval


  • Contract negotiation
  • International project management
  • Financial management and audit preparation
  • Monitoring of EU activities at AWI

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Dr. Lars Henning

Head of department. Advice, information and support for proposal preparation and project implementation. Research strategies.

Phone: +49 471 4831 1812

Imke Fries

Advice, information and support for proposal preparation and project implementation

Phone: +49 471 4831 2811

Nancy Lange

Administrative support for EU proposal preparation and project implementation, budget approval, SEP support, reports

Phone: +49 471 4831 2306