Junior Research Groups

Junior Research Groups

Note:  If you are planning to prepare a proposal for a junior research group, please contact us ahead of time for advice and assistance.

Programme Budget of the Presidential Chair

The Presidential Chair of the University of Oldenburg promotes the acquisition of third-party funding with funds from the Budget of the Presidential Chair.

Start-up funding for junior research groups
Funding organisation: Universität Oldenburg
Focal points: non
Target group: two profiles: Profile 1 (early postdocs/starters) and Profile 2 (experienced postdocs)
Term of support: max. 36 months
Financial framework: own position and direct costs of up to 5,000 euros for a maximum period of 36 months
Funding: TV-L  13
Special features: applications 2x per annum possible; open for applicants from Germany and abroad – those funded are employed in Oldenburg; Statement of Acceptance from the school or working group at the University of Oldenburg is required.

Junior Research Group: Water Resources Research

The Kurt Eberhard Bode Foundation supports interdisciplinary, application-oriented research work in the interface of science and society with a junior research group. The aim is to develop integrative models for the sustainable use of water resources.

Funding organisation: Kurt Eberhard Bode Foundation
Focal points of expertise:
sustainability, water
Eligible: Postdocs
Duration: up to 3 years
Financial framework: 160,000 euros
special features: the funds can be used for the financing of postdoctoral researchers as well as travel and material costs. The junior research group must be established at a designated university or non-university research institute.

Robert Bosch Junior Professorship for Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

The Robert Bosch Foundation strengthens the science of sustainability in Germany and therefore annually announces the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship for the "sustainable use of natural resources".

Funding organisation: Robert Bosch Foundation
Focal points of expertise: Subject area of sustainable use of natural resources
Duartion: 5 years
Financial framework: 1 Mio. euros
Special features: The research project is to contribute to solving urgent environmental problems; the findings should thereby contribute to one or several targets of the United Nations sustainable development objectives, the so-called sustainable development goals.

Emmy Noether Programme

The Emmy Noether-Programm strives to open up a way for young scientists and researchers to early scientific independence.

Funding organisation: German Research Foundation (DFG)
Focal points of expertise: non
Eligible: 2 to 4 years after the doctorateat,
Substantial international research experience
Duration: 6 years
Financial framework: no upper limit
Funding: TV-L 15
Special features: application is possible at any time; junior professors can apply for group funding

Frauenhofer Attract

The Fraunhofer Attract funding programme encourages junior researchers to develop application-oriented research at the Fraunhofer Society.

Funding organisation: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Professional priorities: industry-related and application-oriented research,
Eligible: postdocs and professors
Duration: 5 years
Financial framework: max. 2,5 Mio. Euros
Funding: TVöD
Special features: Two application deadlines per annum, up to 8 groups are funded annually. Candidates and the hosting institute develop the proposal jointly. The hosting institute contributes 50 percent of the funding, the head office the other 50 percent. During the second funding phase the group is expected to generate profits. Customised training programme, perspective for own group at the Fraunhofer Institute.

Helmholtz Junior Groups

The Helmholtz Association provides the opportunity for excellent international research talents with their own adequately equipped junior research group at a Helmholtz Centre to establish themselves successfully and permanently in science.

Funding organisation: Helmholtz Association
Special prorities: energy, earth and environment, health, key technologies, matter and aeronautics, space and transport
Eligible: 2 to 6 years after the doctorateat, at least 6 months’ research stay abroad
Duration: 5 years
Financial framework: 250.000 Euro per year
Funding: TVöD/TV-L E 14-15 or BAT 1b/1a
Special features: tenure option, accompanying advanced training and mentoring programme, junior research group leaders are to be appointed jointly by the centre and the university.Tenure-Option, begleitendes Fortbildungs- und Mentoringprogramm, Nachwuchsgruppenleiter sollen gemeinsam durch Zentrum und Hochschule bestellt werden.

Max Planck Research Groups

The Max Planck Research Groups are aimed at excellent young candidates who have already held one to two postdoc positions and want to lead a group of their own, working independently in their research.

Funding organisation: Max Planck Society
Technical areas: orient themselves to the institutes
Eligible: up to 7 years after the doctorate (medicine 9 years), experience abroad is desirable
Duration: 5 + 2 + 2 years
Financial framework: non
Funding: W2
Special features: there are institutional research groups (advertised by the individual Max Planck institutes), open-topic research groups (central call for proposals) and Minerva Groups (exclusively for female scientists); application and letters of recommendation in English; electronic application; in the event of central proposal, contact the preferred institute beforehand.

ERC Starting Grant

ERC Starting Grants are intended to support the scientific independence of those sponsored through the creation or consolidation of a research team.

Funding organisation: European Research Council
Focal points: non
Eligible: 2 to 7 years after the doctorateat
Duration: 5 Jahre
Financial framework: up to 1,5 Mio. euros
Remuneration: Depending on the host institution (mostly as junior professorship or TVöD E 15)
Special features: EU-wide funding instrument. For the application, you will need a Host Commitment Letter from your host institution which is your Applicant Legal Entity, offering appropriate research conditions. The proposal via electronic proposal submission system of the European Commission should be in English.

(Changed: 19 Dec 2022)