The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation’s funding programmes for junior group leaders in Germany conducting basic research in biology, chemistry, and medicine are intended as springboards to the next level. The Perspectives Programme “Plus 3” offers financial support of up to 900,000 euros over 3 years to develop one's scientific profile further and thus achieve a professorship in an optimal research environment. Our Exploration Grants offer the freedom to investigate intriguing ideas and test new lines of research with minimal bureaucracy, and thus, for example, to conduct the preparatory work necessary for research proposals to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) or the European Research Council (ERC). Until the end of 2017, the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation approved a total of almost 18 million euros of funding within the "Plus 3"- and Exploration Grants-programmes.
In 2018, the construction of a unique centre for unifying the latest technologies in optical and electron microscopy will begin at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg. The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation will donate 5 million euros primarily toward the training of guest scientists from around the world in the use of the highly complex microscopes, and toward support for their research projects with them.
In all programmes, funding is only granted when the criteria of scientific excellence are met.
"Plus 3" equals success.
The "Plus 3"-programme contributes decisively to the success of young scientists during one of the most important phases of their careers: obtaining a professorship. In fact, about 85 % of those whose funding was approved between 2010 and 2016 thus far have reached this milestone.