80000 EUR
Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Information Systems, Computer Science
Klaus Tschira Stiftung
Heidelberg, Germany

The Klaus Tschira Boost Fund supports excellent scientists by:

ï‚· granting independent funding to enable independent, innovative, riskier, and inter- disciplinary projects,
ï‚· helping them to develop and foster (international) cooperation and networks,
ï‚· providing support and advice for professional and personal development.
The program aims to allow (young) scientists more flexibility, accelerate their careers, and promote early independence.
The Klaus Tschira Boost Fund supports early- and mid-career researchers who are:
ï‚· working at a university or non-university research institution in Germany,
ï‚· conducting their research in one or more of the following research fields: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Neurosciences or Physics;
ï‚· PostDoc, junior research group leader or junior/W1-professor (with/without tenure


It is possible to apply for grants of up to 80,000 Euro for a maximum funding period of two years. The project must start between 1 April and 1 October 2020. Grants can be generally used for all types of costs (e.g., staff, material and travel costs). A Maximum of 75 percent of the funds may be used to cover (parts of) the own salary.
In addition, all fellows have the opportunity to be part of the alumni network AlumNode.

The network focuses on:

ï‚· Leadership & Career Development
ï‚· Science Communication & Advocacy
ï‚· Projects & Collaborations

The network enables an intensive exchange of know-how and experience, the promotion of own projects, peer mentoring as well as access to various counselling and training possibilities.


Applications are open to public universities and non-university research institutions in Germany. The approved funds may only be drawn through the universities or non-university research institutions. The funds should be freely available to the scientist and used in accordance with the submitted plan. The use of funds must be proven to the GSO.
The proposal must have the support and approval of the universities’/ institutions’ leadership. The applying institution must confirm that the position of the scientist is financed during the funding period, and access to basic research infrastructure is guaranteed.

The cooperation should be highlighted in media and press reports.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the GSO only. Please use the electronic
application form. An application guideline is available for download. The application must include:

  1. Project plan including time frame and budget plan 2. CV of the applicant (scientist)
  2. Letter of motivation from the applicant (scientist) 4. Statement of the applying institution
    The application deadline is 1 December 2019 (23:59 CET). A legal claim to funding does not exist.

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