Small Grant Scheme of the GPP

As of the year 2022, the GPP offers a Small Grant Scheme, a new opportunity for the participating doctoral researchers to apply for financial support of

  1. small research projects that they want to conduct in the framework of the GPP, or of
  2. research visits in other (national or international) institutions.

The aim of the Small Grant Scheme is to foster the development of the skills necessary to independently plan a research activity and to convince a scientific audience of its merit. Therefore, the scheme will not support activities that are integral parts of the doctoral researchers' genuine PhD projects, but will support additional research activities by one or more doctoral researchers that are planned relatively independently from their PhD supervisors.

Please find further details on the Small Grant Scheme in the following call for proposals:

Recipients of the Small Grant Scheme

Within the first call for proposals of the GPP's Small Grant Scheme, the doctoral researcher Julia Meßmer from the Experimental Neuropsychology Unit was the successful applicant. We are happy to receive the following feedback from her:

"Thank you very much for this opportunity! I am very pleased to have the chance to realize my project about schema-based learning and consolidation of novel meaningful associations. Schema-based learning of associations has become of interest for neuroscience recently.

The reason for this is that it seems to rely less on the hippocampus, thus challenging the traditional view of associative memory. In my project, I would like to test this hypothesis by investigating if schema-based associative learning benefits less from consolidation during sleep, a process which is thought to rely on the hippocampus."