Great research achievements are only possible when the frameworks needed to promote success are actually in place for the scientists and researchers. To make top-flight research possible, the Helmholtz Association uses its Initiative and Networking Fund to promote Technology Transfer, Equal Opportunity and the Internationalisation of Research.
Extrem dünne, flexible Solarzelle auf Titanfolie als Trägerschicht. Bild: Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
Technology Transfer Under its Spin-Off Initiative, the Helmholtz Association launched the "Helmholtz Enterprise" funding programme for highly-promising spin-offs from Helmholtz Centres. The budget is shared proportionately by the participating centres and the Initiative and Networking Fund.
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Labor im Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin (MDC) Berlin-Buch. Bild: MDC
Equal Opportunity To improve equal opportunity within Helmholtz, the association offers post-childcare career re-entry positions and a Network Mentoring Programme in which experienced professionals help young women scientists and researchers plan their career paths.
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International Cooperation Since outstanding scientific findings and innovations can only be achieved through global cooperation, the Helmholtz Association uses the Initiative and Networking Fund to specifically promote the Internationalisation of Research. These activities focus on China and Russia.