The Foundation generally accepts applications for research projects made by universities, other research institutes or comparable institutions as well as by one or several Postdocs or scholars with Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification.
The grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs.
The applicants must be actively involved in the research work of the project.
Project staff on research projects may only be financed by PhD or research grants. A fundamental prerequisite for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name. The simultaneous receipt of salary or retirement pension and a research scholarship is not possible. The period of support for Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend and has an entitlement to maternity or parental leave. Individual arrangements must be discussed with the Foundation’s administrative office.
As part of a research project, the costs incurred of visiting (foreign) scholars can also be financed.
By contrast, a research scholarship should be applied for by one scholar alone for a project that he conducts himself.