Support: implementation of Angewandte research projects

A comprehensive level of coordination for administrative support in the sense of and in addition to planning, service and administration at the University of Applied Arts. A focus is placed on the research work of colleagues in the projects and the experts at the University of Applied Arts. 

We coordinate infrastructure for research and offer assistance in personnel and financial matters, introduce collaborations to the Angewandte and its projects, and represent research institutionally and externally, as well as committee-wise.

It is necessary to offer this service given the need to integrate procedures at the Angewandte and guideline-specific features of funding institutions into the management process of projects. The aim is to keep frictional losses as low as possible and the leeway for producing productivity-relevant values as large as possible.

Focal process steps of our support: provision of competencies and infrastructure, coordination with relevant organizational units of the University of Applied Arts, communication work for projects, courses for programmes with research relevance, coaching and consulting services.  


Dr. phil. Alexander Damianisch, MAS


Support Kunst und Forschung supports colleagues at the Angewandte in realizing their projects in art and research. Additionally to linking new projects to the designated departments, we accompany the implementation of projects in a coordinative way and advise on questions concerning planning, service and administration. Emphasis is placed on assisting project teams in meeting University regulations as well as funding agency requirements.


Key responsibilities

  • Briefings before the start of the project 
  • review of grant agreements and legal frameworks
  • support in personnel and financial matters (setting up a cost centre, staff recruitment, invoice processing, preparation of freelance work contracts, etc.) 
  • advice on the preparation of data management plans, coordination of infrastructure (provision of workstations/Zentrum Fokus Forschung, base application portfolio/showroom, etc.)

Project workflow: Developing opportunities, cycles of new ideas

From an idea to a successfully completed project: brief presentation of the work steps

  • It always starts with an idea. Ideas, research questions, and project plans are discussed in a first meeting, and implementation and funding options are identified. It is important to reflect references to the positions present in the field and to coordinate this strategically for the benefit of all.
  • Next, we concretize the idea to develop a first sketch. This draft is then edited to fit the requirements of the funding agency, with attention to preserving distinctive features in the methodological approach and thematic interest at all times.
  • The draft is further developed into a proposal (submission). In the process, the structure and budget are discussed and relationally arranged in a logical manner. At the latest, this is where important opportunities for cooperation must be considered.
  • In specific cases, we also support the organization of events that serve to communicate and define (reference) the project in the field, both in terms of content and institutional aspects.
  • Next, the project is submitted to the potential funding programs, which also requires the formal approval of the research institution, which Support Kunst und Forschung confirms on behalf of the Angewandte.
  • Upon approval of the project, the implementation will begin in coordination with the designated department in the arts and sciences as well as planning, service and administration, and, of course, with the relevant colleagues. Should the project be rejected, we provide an evaluation of the project based on the critique (reviews) and examine the possibilities for editorial revision and possible resubmission.
  • Project progress is supported, especially organizationally, with regard to working conditions (provision of workplaces, personnel matters, financial management, etc.), communication measures and research transfer, as well as reports to the funding agency.
  • By the end of the project, the projects are supported in submitting reports, including financial reports, in line with the funding requirements. In terms of content, the projects are supported to such an extent that new ideas can be generated from the results, and new projects can be devised. The end of a project always marks the beginning of a new idea.