Call for tender UNA TERRA

April 28, 2021

A call for tender for small projects that can be implemented quickly

"Una Terra" - the sister format of the university's internal funding Terra Incognita is about breathing life into dormant ideas and awakening their potential in the context of sustainability. New formats, research approaches, ideas for scientific communication, events, prototypes, anything is possible, as long as it contributes to sustainable development. “Una Terra” is intended to give university members, regardless of their career level, the opportunity to develop new ideas that can be implemented quickly and that contribute to one of the UN’s 17 goals for sustainable development [de]. Ideally, the project is interdisciplinary and implements inter- or transdisciplinary ideas.

Application requirements

Projects must contribute to at least one of the UN’s 17 goals for sustainable development [de], and projects that contribute to sustainable development at the University of Stuttgart are particularly welcome. By the end of the project at the latest, an effective element should be ready for presentation to university employees and members as part of the Green Office event (presentation, video, demonstration, slam, project etc.).

Target group

Individual researchers, research groups from all career levels, students at doctoral level, together with a supervisor; non-academic employees and administrative personal working in cooperation with a research associate.


Funding will run from August or September 2021 to December 2021 (4 months). A cost-neutral extension is not possible. Maximum funding available is EUR 15,000. Approved funding must remain at the University of Stuttgart. A prerequisite for funding is that the University of Stuttgart is your main employer, or your main place of study. Funding may be used for personnel, material and event costs. Investment costs and overheads are not provided for. 

Application and selection procedure

The application procedure includes a short, written application and a short application video. The written application (max. 1-2 pages) must include the following information. It may be creative but should nevertheless adhere to the formal framework:

  • Title
  • Name 5 hashtags that describe your project
  • List the goal(s) that your project would contribute to
  • Say something about yourself
  • Give a brief description of your idea
  • Present your schedule and financial planning

Application video:
Length: 2 to 3 minute video 
The video is your opportunity to convince the selection committee to choose your idea. Please keep to the following script:

  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Pitch your idea
  3. Explain which goal(s) your idea would contribute to
  4. Briefly provide information about how you would use the funding, and the project duration
  5. You may end the video as you wish

Technical specifications:
You are welcome to film with your smartphone. The best format to use is .mp4 (if you can select this format)

  • Please ensure that you remain within the timeframe of 2-3 minutes
  • Please film in landscape format, not in portrait
  • If you film yourself: please don’t hold the mobile phone/camera. It is best if you can use a tripod. Don’t hold the camera in your hand – this makes the image shake.
  • Make sure you don’t cover the microphone while filming
  • Choose a suitable background
  • Send the film to us via F*EX

The applications will be reviewed at the Climate Round Table, the final decision about funding will be made by the Rectorate.

Important: all documents must be sent to Nicole Bach at the Division of Research by May 30.

Contact Nicole Bach, Division of Research
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