Fraunhofer Attract

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In line with its motto of “An idea becomes an innovation, if it comes to use”, Fraunhofer Attract offers outstanding researchers who are not currently employed at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft the opportunity to turn their creative ideas into practical applications at a Fraunhofer institute. Researchers can receive funding of up to 2.5 million euros for five years, allowing them to run a working group comprising three to five members. Researchers of all nationalities are welcome to apply.

Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • at least a PhD or comparable qualification, preferably with postdoc experience
  • a high degree of scientific curiosity and application orientation
  • leadership and management qualities
  • entrepreneurial ambition
  • not currently employed by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

What form does funding take?

Candidates can apply for a maximum of 2.5 million euros in funding for a period of five years, allowing them to run a team of up to five members. Half of the funding is provided by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the other half by the Fraunhofer institute in question. It is not necessary to apply for the total funding amount. Applications can also specify a lower amount.

When is the closing date for applications?

Applications can be submitted until 8 March 2018. The next closing date for applications will then be 2 October 2018.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here: > Research grant Fraunhofer Attract