Start-up funding module
For junior researchers it is very important to gain scientific independence at an early stage. Therefore, in this module, we would like to enable junior researchers to work independently. We plan to support, on the one hand, extended 1-2 month visits of junior researchers working outside Germany that want to explore possibilities for collaboration with and/or later work opportunities in a SPP group. On the other hand, we want to allow junior researchers from within the SPP to organise and realise such stays at groups abroad.
Ideally, these visits shall explore the possibility of a future return for a postdoc or junior group leader position to the host group. Therefore, during the visit guest and host should together develop an idea for a proposal for a personal grant (e.g., incoming/outgoing DFG/DAAD postdoc grant, Marie Curie Fellowships) or a grant allowing for the establishment of a junior research group (e.g., ERC Starting, Volkswagen’s Freigeist Fellowship or DFG’s Emmy Noether Programme). The visit shall allow the guest and host to kick-off the development of the project and initiate the writing of the grant proposal. The proposal shall then be finalised over the following month to be submitted latest half a year after the visit. In consequence, the visit should take place at least 18 months before the foreseen start of the postdoc/group project. For doctoral candidates of the SPP, this implies that such a visit abroad should take place in their second year.
Doctoral candidates within the SPP with excellent advances in their first year should be made aware of this funding instrument at an early stage.
How to apply:
To obtain the funds for such an initial visit, the junior researcher submits a 2-3 page application to the SPP Manager. The application details the planned work programme for and the costs of the stay, and some details of the envisioned grant application. It shall be accompanied by an informal confirmation letter of the host group. There will be 3 deadlines per year for such applications (see above). They are then discussed and ranked by the Coordination Board that takes a final decision about their funding. The funds are administrated by the SPP Manager.
Please send your application in a single pdf file to the SPP Manager.