International networking is an important criterion for success. The management and administration of scientific institutions plays a vital role in facilitating international cooperations of their researchers. The ERA Fellowships programme supports German scientific organisations and universities in establishing new or strengthening existing networks.
Eligible host organisations are non-university research organisations, research funding organisations and higher education institutions located in Germany. Based on a training concept they sign a cooperation agreement with the EU13 fellow covering a guest stay of between six weeks at minimum and up to three months at maximum. The application is submitted by the host organisation. It comprises the training concept, the cooperation agreement, the host organisation’s consent to the fellow’s participation in the weeks on campus, a short CV (of the EU13 fellow) and the consent of the fellow’s employer at home to his/her taking part in the ERA Fellowships programme for the duration of the guest stay.
How much funding is provided?
Funding covers the following eligible expenses/costs, differentiated according to the length of stay (6 weeks at minimum, 3 months at maximum):
The German host organisations will receive a lump sum for material costs and personnel costs in the amount of Euro 900 per month / Euro 450 per half month. Travel expenses for host organisation employees who take part in events of the campus weeks may also be claimed. As a rule, the basic equipment of the participating organisations is not covered or supplemented by the lump sum. Since the ERA Fellowship programme is intended to build and expand networks and does therefore not constitute an original research project according to the guidelines for the allocation of grants on an expenditure basis, no lump sum can be granted to universities and university hospitals.
The German host organisation is the sole grantee. It is charged with distributing the funds to their EU13 Fellow and with reimbursing his or her travel expenses.