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).
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.
According to the findings of an initial evaluation of our “Plus 3” funding programme conducted in early 2016, it contributes decisively to the success of young scientists during one of the most important phases of their careers: obtaining a professorship. In fact, about 90% of those funded by the programme thus far have reached this milestone.