Open Projects

Scientists from external or partner institutes can apply for their own time-limited projects of 1 – 3 years duration in order to work together with CASUS researchers on a specific research question from their discipline. Open Projects are awarded on a competitive basis, providing financial support for joint doctoral and postdoctoral positions. At least one principle investigator (PI) who jointly proposes the project must be a researcher affiliated with CASUS.

For this purpose, a suitably short written application must be submitted which sets out the scientific objectives of the project in comparison with the state of the art. The scientific value resulting from the collaboration must be presented. The proposal must contain a clear timeline with milestones and a justification of the resources applied for, which should typically include one to two postdoctoral positions.

The main criterion for evaluating these applications is the scientific excellence of the application in relation to the current state of research in the disciplines involved in systems research. Another basis for the evaluation is the joint research and development of new digital methods and the transfer of methods through the application, adaptation and extension of existing solutions.

Each year, there are up to four application rounds for Open Projects, which take around three months from submission deadline to decision. The application deadline for the next round is May 31, 2023, and the review process for this round will be completed by the end of August 2023. The application and review process does not require the elaboration of detailed project milestones and is kept short and simple. Proposals for external reviewers by the applicants will be considered.

The results of Open Projects are presented in annual workshops organized with the participating partner institutes. Therefore CASUS Open Projects can and should integrate the multiple instruments of CASUS Open Exchange, such as travel or retreat funding, into project planning.

Please send your queries and application forms to:

Proposal rules and application form

Current Open Projects