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Start up funding for postdoctoral researchers for proposal preparations

The university (without the Faculty of Medicine who has its own start-up-program) is providing start-up funding to young academics for the preparation and submission of research proposals. With this new initiative, the university is encouraging postdoctoral researchers to remain in academia and pursue careers in research and science. Funding is intended for individual grant proposals (e.g. DFG research grants including temporary positions for principal investigators). Persons eligible are young academics with a doctoral degree (up to eight years after completing their doctoral thesis) who would like to submit their own grant proposal and are employed at the University of Goettingen for at least 6 months following the application deadline. The proposal should be at an advanced stage and forseeable ready for submission after the end of the start-up funding.
The maximum amount of start-up funding available is 10.000 Euro and is limited to a period of six months. It covers staff expenses (for student or research assistants) and direct costs. It is not available for financing one’s own position or covering expenses for basic equipment (such as PCs, office material, literature or telephone expenses).

The application for start-up funding should first of all make clear in what way the proposed research application would benefit from start-up funding, provide a description of how the proposed personnel and material costs will be allocated and include a brief outline of the research proposal (maximum 3 pages), Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages) and publications list. The Board of Trustees makes decisions about the applications based on the availability of funding resources. Approvals are given in due course and about eight weeks after the end of the deadline for applications.

Applications for proposals, which have already been submitted or are shortly due for submission, cannot be funded. The same applies for research proposals at a very early application stage.

Application should be send to until 15.10.2017. The next call for applications has the deadline 15.01.2017.