Support for First-Time Research Grants and Junior Research Groups (Medical Faculty)

Increased Overheads for First-Time DFG Grants

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In order to encourage young scientists (within 8 years after conferral of doctorate) to apply for their first research grant from the DFG (German Research Foundation), the Medical Faculty has decided to give the young scientist access to two thirds of the overheads. With this money the scientist can improve the infrastructure of his/her research group.

In general, overheads are meant to cover necessary infrastructure like basic laboratory equipment, the renting of laboratory space, maintenance costs, software licenses, general administrative costs and other expenses that have an indirect relation to the research project. 

At the Medical Faculty of Ulm University, the overhead payments of the DFG (22% of the direct costs) are shared between the Medical Faculty (two thirds) and the department of the scientist attracting the grant (one third). Under this program, the share of the department is increased to two thirds and we ensure that the scientist has access to this money personally.

If you successfully attracted your first DFG grant as main applicant, you need to send the application form to the Center for Research Strategy and Support.

Strengthening Junior Research Groups

Holders of an Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group Grant of the DFG or similar grants from other funding agencies with overheads are provided with an additional Post-Doc position (E13 100%) from the Medical Faculty for 3 years.

The additional scientist shall strengthen the young research group (publications, third-party funding). The program is an incentive to apply for junior research groups from donors paying overheads.

In the case of a Max Eder Junior Research Group of the German Cancer Aid (it comes without overheads) the Medical Faculty contributes an additional 10% of the annual funding sum for three years. 

A possible continuation of this support after three years until the end of the project (which is after 5-6 years for Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Groups) is a performance-related decision by the Faculty Board on a by-case basis. In case the the junior research group or its head moves to another university, the support is discontinued. 

If you successfully applied for a junior research group please contact the Center for Research Strategy and Support in order to receive your support. We can already advise you during the application procedure and arrange letters of support.