The review process of proposals submitted for the fourth call for projects within the framework of the SEEK research programme has been completed, and eight new SEEK projects were launched on April 1, 2013. With a total of 32 submitted high-quality project proposals, this year’s competition for SEEK funding was stronger than ever before. Following a rigorous selection process, eight project proposals were approved by the internationally renowned members of the Scientific Board. These projects were selected for the SEEK research programme due to their extraordinary scientific quality and originality, and because of the high level of international cooperation and exchange amongst the researchers involved. In all project teams ZEW researchers co-operate closely with internationally distinguished colleagues.