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Rise up!

The Rise up! programme is aimed at outstanding and exceptionally creative basic scientists in biology, chemistry, and medicine who have accepted their first appointment to an associate professorship at a German university. With Rise up!, they can bring forward an especially innovative research programme that may have a lasting impact on their field.


Context and aims of Rise up!

Starting your first associate professorship (W2) opens up opportunities to broaden your research horizons and explore questions over the longer term. Truly bold and innovative undertakings, however, require financial leeway that, in many cases, exceeds the core funding of associate professorships. Rise up! offers the freedom to be creative, to take risks, and to advance truly innovative research at this important career stage.

What can be funded by the Rise up! programme?

You can apply for up to 600,000 euros for a research period of up to 3 years to advance a defined research programme.

The funding can be used towards scientific personnel, consumables, and project-related equipment, as well as travel and publications.

When can you apply?

The application deadlines are 15 March and 15 September of each year. Postmark dates apply. Please send your application to the following address: 

Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung
Schusterstraße 46-48
55116 Mainz

Who may apply?

If you wish to apply, you must fulfil the following criteria:

  • You have accepted the call to an associate (W2) professorship at a German university. In case you have already taken up this position, the start date must be less than 12 months prior to the Rise up! application deadline.
  • This is your first call to a tenured or non-tenured associate professorship at W2 level or equivalent (e.g., equivalently equipped positions in Baden-Württemberg).
  • You should have substantial international experience.
  • Your research focuses on fundamental questions in the biological, medical, and chemical sciences. A clear link to the life sciences is required. The Foundation encourages applications, which have the potential to provide novel important insights into fundamental processes. The Foundation does not, however, fund zoological research or systematic botany, for example.
  • You propose an especially bold and creative research programme that may have a transformative impact on your field of research.
  • You have a proven track record and can demonstrate international visibility of your scientific achievements.
  • For the proposed research, you are not receiving and are not expecting to receive any
    • institutional funding in addition to the core funding associated with your professorship
    • third-party funding (e.g., ERC grants) 
      equivalent or above the scope of Rise up! funding.

What cannot be funded by the Rise up! programme?

  • Rise up! does not support W2-level research group leaders at non-university research institutions.
  • Rise up! does not replace an associate professor's core funding. The conditions and amounts of core funding have to be guaranteed in writing at the time of submission of the Rise up! proposal.


Do you have any questions?

If you still have questions after referring to the Guidelines for applicants and the Rise up! FAQs, please call us or email us