Funding for research with neutrons

In Germany, a complex funding landscape has devoloped.  The FRM II in Garching is run by the Technical University Munich. The scientific exploitation through the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrums (MLZ) is a cooperation of three Hemlholtz Centres (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung (HZG) and HZB - dormant partnership). The neutron source in Berlin (BER II) was run by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) until the end of 2019, an institute of the Helmholtz Assication (HGF). Helmholtz Centres are financed by the federal government and state governments. Both neutron facilies offer infrastructure to external users from other institutes, universities and industry from Germany and abroad as well as own research is conducted..

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The DFG is the largest provider of outside research funding for universities

Research at universities relies on outside funding which come from a variety of sources: from private foundations, federal funding, additional state funding, more and more from programmes of the European Union and finally from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the largest provider of outside research funding for universities, which is also financed jointly by federal and the state governments.


Joint research (ErUM-Pro) for the development of large research facilities

Innovative research needs new methods. Therefore, the universities are provided with federal funding in an own programme for the development of innovative instrumentation and new research methods at the facilities. In the framework programme "Erforschung von Universum und Materie" (ErUM) of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), through the action plan "ErUM-Pro" (so far "joint research"), projects are funded to involve universities in the development of research facilites. Every third year the BMBF publishes a call and assigns the implementation to a project management agency (PT DESY). The project management agency ("Projektträger) is always open to questions regarding proposals, which can be made by single or consortia of working groups from German universities in cooperation with the respective facilites that run the sources.

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International and binational funding

In addition to the national funding possibilites, there are EU programmes and also a German-Swedish and a German-Russian funding programme in this field of research. Joint projects have to involve at least one photon or neutron source as large facility for basic research in natural sciences and focus on the development of methods or instrumentation. The German-Swedish Röntgen-Ångström Cluster (RÅC) focusses on mateiral sciences and structural biology with synchrotron radiation and neutrons. Calls are usually published every second year. The connection to Russia is via the "Ioffe-Röntgen-Institute" (IRI). German-Russian joint projects are supposed to develop and apply accelerator based photon sources and research with neutrons. As a joint venture of RÅC and IRI, every year a fully financed RÅC International Summer School takes place with students from Germany and Sweden.


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