Helmholtz International Labs

One of the central objectives of the Helmholtz Internationalisation Strategy 2017–2022 Association is to enhance strategic international cooperation with excellent research institutions from all over the world. To reach this goal, the funding program ‘Helmholtz International Labs’ has been launched in the Initiative and Networking Fund.

With an International Lab, an existing – or highly promising new – international partnership is expanded and taken to the next level.  Helmholtz Centers join forces with a renowned complementary international partner institution, focusing on a forward-looking research topic that is of high strategic relevance for the Helmholtz Association as a whole. Research infrastructures play a pivotal role in a Helmholtz International Lab.  The partner institutions should either jointly develop new infrastructures or use established ones within the proposed research project.  A ‘Helmholtz International Lab’ is intended to create a visible research activity of the Helmholtz Association in a location abroad. This ‘outpost’ is positioned and branded accordingly and thus also contributes to the international visibility of the Association.

The maximum amount of funding that can be requested from the Initiative and Networking Fund is 300.000 € per year. It is required that the Helmholtz Center(s) and the international partner provide co-financing. The initial project duration is five years. Following a successful evaluation, an additional period of three years may be funded.

A total of three International Labs can be funded within the scope of this second call for proposals. Three calls will take place in total within the current framework of the Initiative and Networking Fund 2017-2020.   

The third call for proposals will open in the fall of 2019. All information will be made available on this website then.

January 09, 2019


    • Alexandra Rosenbach
    • Adviser International Affairs
      Helmholtz Association

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