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Franco-German Fellowship Programme on Climate, Energy and Earth System Research "Make Our Planet Great Again - German research Initiative (MOPGA-GRI)"

Goals of the programme
Recognising the urgency of the aims of the Paris Climate Agreement, the Federal German government has decided to join a French initiative in support of international climate-related research. The current programme – which was designed by the Federal German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is implemented by the DAAD – provides an opportunity for international researchers to set up research groups at German host institutions of their choice in the fields of climate change, energy transition, and earth system research. The programme is scheduled to be active until the end of 2022. The activity of the funded research groups will cover a period of four years, during which the research group leader is required to be resident in Germany. Depending on the Junior or Senior status of the research group, each group can have a total budget of up to 1 or 1.5 million euros respectively (including contribution of host institution).

In Step 1 of the call, which has already been completed, individual applicants submitted their statement of interest using an online application form. On 24 November 2017, 62 of 287 applicants were selected by an independent selection committee which was composed of professors and scientists from relevant disciplines. The selection process took place in the presence of representatives of DAAD, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and of relevant management agencies. All applicants were informed about the results in the first week of December.

In Step 2 of the call, the 62 applicants selected in Step 1 will identify a German host institution of their choice and jointly prepare a full project proposal.

Application deadline for Step 2: 15 February 2018

What and who will be funded?
Funding will be provided for the establishment of research groups in the designated research areas under the leadership of the successful applicants.

In a period of 4 years, Junior Research Groups can dispose of a total budget of up to 1 million euros, Senior Research Groups of up to 1.5 million (combined value of contributions from the DAAD and the German host institution).

The funding provided will cover staff expenditure (including the position of the applicant him- or herself, post-docs, doctoral students and/or technicians), as well as expenditures for materials and consumables).

Funding period: The funding period commences on 1st May 2018 (earliest start) and ends on 31 December 2022 at the latest.

Application Procedure in Step 2 (Project Proposal)
The selected researcher and his/her German host institution will jointly prepare a project proposal which describes the objectives, context, impact (including aspects of innovation and sustainability) of a research group which is to be set up at the host institution. The proposal must contain a detailed description of not more than 15 pages plus required attachments (time schedule, financial plan, cf. “Further Information” and links below). The complete proposal can only be submitted online to the DAAD by the German host institution:

In case of a successful application, the DAAD will make a contract (Zuwendungsvertrag) with the German host institution. Therefore, the “Förderrahmen” (specific guidelines for budget calculation) is given in German.
Depending on the character of the host institution, there are two types funding:

  • “Fehlbedarfsfinanzierung” for universities and Leibniz-affiliated institutions;

  • “Anteilfinanzierung” for independent research institutions (e.g. Max Planck, Fraunhofer, Helmholtz etc.).

In both cases, the host institution is required to contribute to the total project budget. In the case of “Fehlbedarfsfinanzierung”, this will typically be an “in kind”-contribution. In the case of “Anteilfinanzierung”, the host institution will contribute own funds according to a schedule which is explained in the FAQ. The maximum budget of 1 or 1.5 million euros respectively, includes the contribution of the host institution and can therefore not be exceeded.
The host institution, taking the function of a contract partner to DAAD, will employ the selected researcher as Research Group Leader. Conditions of the employment will follow the regulations at the host institution and additional specifications which are made in the relevant documents below.

Further information
The full call containing a detailed list of priority research areas covered by the programme is available on downloads.

In the download section below you can also find a list of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), Funding Regulations (“Förderrahmen”: relevant for German host institutions), a copy of the application form (which must be completed in the online portal), and an exemplary financial plan.

DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service
P1 Project Policies and Internationalisation of Higher Education in Germany

Ms. Alexandra Okhrimenko
Tel.: +49 228 882-8951
Fax: +49 228 882-98951

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