The Emerging Fields Initiative (EFI) has been launched by FAU in 2010 and aims to promote outstanding interdisciplinary research projects at an early stage. By providing funding in a flexible and non-bureaucratic way, EFI allows researchers at FAU to carry out innovative research by exploring new fields of research, having the possibility to quickly adapt to unforeseen insights or circumstances. In 2018, seven new projects have been selected for funding, amongst which the EFI project Human body odours: exploring chemical signatures.