Seed Money Projects

Seed Money is meant to transform innovative, creative and new ideas into projects.

This funding scheme aims to identify and support innovative research and development of projects in all fields of the ORIGINS Cluster, where such non-bureaucratic financial support can contribute significantly to knowledge gain and progress. All proposed projects need to be supported by a principal investigator (PI) of the ORIGINS Excellence Cluster.

Application process

All members of the ORIGINS cluster with the status "Principal Investigator" are eligible to apply. Applications can be handed in at any time, with proposals being evaluated twice a year. Deadlines for applications are being sent out to all principal investigators of the ORIGINS Cluster.Please send your application via e-mail to Alice Smith-GicklhornThe call 2021-2 begins on 01-03-2021 with a deadline of submission of 31-03-2021.

The selection committee as shown in the box on the right hand side will evaluate submitted applications with a final decision taken by the Research Board. The competitive selection process includes a written application (as outlined in the proposal templates, see box on the right) and a 10 minutes oral presentation of the project. Please take the guide lines for proposal submission of the respective call into account and use the provided proposal templates (see box on the right).

Seed Projects 2021-2

Successful Seed Project applications for the call 2021-2

Project title Principal and Co-Investigators RU / CN  
Determination of sequence-dependent UV sensitivity of RNA polymers by next generation sequencing D. Braun, C. Mast (LMU) RU-E  
Elucidating the role of early life in the evolution of organic carbon compounds P. Schwille and D. Kanaparthi (MPIB), Oliver Trapp (LMU) RU-E, CN-2  
A focused Cluster workshop on the Hubble tension Bruno Leibundgut, ESO, Sherry Suyu, MPA/TUM, Wolfgang Hillebrandt, MPA, Stéphane Blondin, LAM/ORIGINS visitor RU-C, CN-4  
Enhanced detection efficiency for X-ray and Gamma tracking by extended drift geometries in micropattern detectors K. Penski, R. Hertenberger, O. Biebel, C. Jagfeld, M. Rinnagel, F. Vogel, (LS Schaile, LMU) RU-A  
Mesophere Magnetometry P. Fierlinger, M. Losekamm, S. Paul (TUM) LRSM  
LArBox - A glovebox facility for characterizing cryogenic electronics in liquid Argon M. Willers, S. Schönert, S. Mertens (TUM & MPP) RU-B  

Seed Projects 2021-1

Successful Seed Project applications for the call 2021-1

Project title Principal and Co-Investigators RU / CN  
Chemical Mitosis Oliver Trapp (LMU) RU-E  
A compact and triggerless multi-channel sampling ADC for particle detectors Igor Konorov, Stefan Huber, Thomas Pöschl, Martin Losekamm, Jan Friedrich, Stephan Paul (all TUM) RU-A, RU-B, LRSM  
Electret micro pattern gaseous detector Christoph Jagfeld, Otmar Biebel, Ralf Hertenberger, Herrmann Klitzner, Maximilian Rinnagel (all LMU) RU-A  
Spin-sensitive ultra-cold neutron detection Hanno Filter, Peter Fierlinger (TUM) RU-A  
Meanders to count neutrons Roman Gernhäuser, Peter Fierlinger (TUM) RU-A  
Interactive visualization of 3D Galactic Dust Maps Reimar Leike, Torsten Enßlin RU-D  

Seed Projects 2020 - 2

Successful Seed Project applications for the call 2020-2

Project Title Principal and Co-Investigators RU / CN  
Noise cancellation with FPGAs Stefan Stuiber, Peter Fierlinger RU-A  
Tests of Silicon Detectors for Precision Beta Spectroscopy in Neutron Decay Manuel Lebert (TUM), Bastian Märkisch (TUM), Susanne Mertens (MPP & TUM) RU-A, RU-B  
Diamond detectors for low-mass dark matter searches L. Canonica (MPP), F. Petricca (MPP, PI), S.Schönert (TUM, PI) RU-B  
Feasibility Study of Magnetic Shielding for the LiteBIRD Cosmic Microwave Background Satellite Mission Frank Grupp (LMU), Eiichiro Komatsu (MPA), Jochen Weller (LMU) RU-C  
A Distributed Fault-Tolerant Command and Data Handling System for Highly Reliable Nanosatellites Martin Losekamm, Sebastian Rückerl, Ulrich Walter, Stephan Paul (all TUM) LRSM  
Determining the Temperature-Dependent Light Yield of Scintillators used for LRSM Science Missions Martin Losekamm, Thomas Pöschl, Stephan Paul (TUM), Susanne Mertens (MPP), Jochen Greiner (MPE) LRSM  

Seed Projects 2020 - 1

Successful Seed Project applications for the call 2020-1

Project Title Principal and Co-Investigators RU / CN  
Trade-off study of an Anger camera Jochen Greiner (MPE), Elisa Resconi (TUM) LRSM, CN-7, RU-B  
Large Area Photon Detection With High Efficiency and High Position Resolution Ralf Hertenberger (LMU), Otmar Biebel (LMU), B. Flierl (LMU), M. Rinnagel (LMU) RU-A  
AutoLab: Automation of a wet-lab for the Origins cluster Job Boekhoven (TUM) RU-E, CN-8, CN-5  
Development of archaeological Pb cryogenic detectors for Supernova neutrino detection Luca Pattavina (TUM), F. Capozzi (MPP), N. Ferreiro (MPP), A. Kinast (TUM), L. Oberauer (TUM, Origins PI), R. Strauss (TUM), I. Tamborra (MPP) RU-B, RU-D  
Computational Efficient Differential Equations in the Latent Space for CPU-demanding Thermochemical Models of Protoplanetary Disks Tommaso Grassi, Giovanni Picogna (presenter), Barbara Ercolano (USM) RU-D, CN-2, ODSL  

Seed Projects 2019 - 1

Successful Seed Project applications for the call 2019-1

Project Title Principal and Co-Investigators RU / CN  
Development of an advanced detector for metastable Hydrogen atoms (H(2s)) from the bound neutron decay (BOB) E. Gutsmiedl, S. Paul, W. Schott (TUM) RU-A  
GEM-based prototype for the NA60+ muon tracker T. Dahms, L. Fabbietti, P. Gasik, B. Ulukutlu (TUM) RU-A, CN-7  
Triggerless Data-Acquisition for Precision Beta Spectroscopy B. Märkisch, I. Konorov, S. Huber, H. Saul (TUM) RU-A, RU-B  
Another STRAW in the Pacific Ocean: the second path finder mission for the Pacific Ocean Neutrino Explorer E. Resconi, R. Gernhäuser (TUM) RU-B, CN-6  
Demonstrating the feasibility of a low-background Silicon Drift Detector system for IAXO S. Mertens (MPP), T. Houdy RU-B  
LESS: Let the Simulations Shine K. Dolag, A. Obreja (USM), E. Emsellem (ESO), M. Petkova (C2PAP) R. Remus (USM), R Dominguez-Tenreiro (UAM) RU-D  
Establishing Additive Manufacturing Methods for future Astronomical Instrumentation M. Fabricius (MPE), F. Grupp (MPE), F. Lang-Bardl (USM), U. Hopp (USM), R. Bender (USM/MPE) RU-D  
The origins of homochirality J. Boekhoven (TUM) RU-E, CN-8, CN-5  
Twinkle observations of PAHs in the atmospheres of planet forming discs B. Ercolano (USM), Th. Preibisch (USM), L. Testi (ESO) RU-F