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Initiative for early career researchers

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNF) at the University of Cologne supports its committed early career researchers with a new funding measure. If you have any questions, please contact

Aim: Financial support for committed early career researchers of the MNF who successfully and independently acquire third-party funded projects.

Funding: Early career researchers receive a bonus that corresponds to the faculty share of the incentive bonus (max. 50.000 €) for promoting their research. The measure is implemented based on the notification of an externally funded project; there is no need for an application.

Eligibility for funding: All early career researchers at the MNF who acquired new third-party funds with an incentive bonus. The measure applies neither to sub-projects in collaborative research centers nor to joint projects with established scientists. Early career researchers are defined as research associates and W1 professors with a doctorate not older than 8 years at the project start according to their certificate; Parental leave is taken into account according to DFG standards.

Duration: The funding is provided for the entire duration of the project (exception: the allocation of the bonus stops after changing to a W2 professorship).