The Council for Research and Promotion of Young Scientists (CRYS) is an internal committee at KIT that has been established after the approval of the Institutional Strategy / Excellence Initiative I in 2007. Its purpose is to shape KIT`s intramural funding, especially concerning the measures outlined in the Institutional Strategy I (such as New Field Groups, Shared Professorships etc.). Since 2012, it has also been involved in internal pre-selection processes and quality assurance of applications for third-party funds.
CRYS consists of 15 members and 15 deputy members all of whom are KIT scientists. All members and deputy members are suggested by the Executive Board and confirmed by the Senate for a period of two years. Until 2015, CRYS was chaired by the Vice President for Research and Information, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Löhe. From 2016, the Vice President for Research Prof. Dr. Oliver Kraft will take over. All KIT research areas are represented in the Council. The members of the KIT Executive Board, the KIT equal opportunities commissioners, as well as the head of the KIT Research Office (FOR) have been granted guest status in CRYS. The council is supported by KIT's Research Office (FOR) in administrative matters.
CRYS gives recommendations to the KIT Executive Board which then has the final decision about funding of a measure. The council focuses its advisory work on projects that aim on new and, if applicable, also high-risk research tasks, thus serving to promote promising junior researchers and enhancing the further development of the KIT research portfolio.