Helmholtz International Labs

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

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.

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 first call for proposals. Three calls will take place in total within the current framework of the Incentive and Networking Fund 2017-2020. The second call is expected to open on 8 October 2018. All relevant documents will be made available here. 

November 20, 2017

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