5d) I haven't done a doctorate as I graduated from a university of applied sciences. What requirements do I need to meet in order to be eligible to submit a project funding application?

Applicants without a doctorate must generally have completed three years of research work as their main source of income since obtaining their higher education degree, and they need to follow this up with four additional years of research experience. Researchers who obtain an independent research position before these four years have passed (e.g. as assistant professor or leader of a research group) can submit a project funding application as of then.