International networking is an important criterion for success. The management and administration of scientific institutions play a vital role in facilitating international cooperation of their researchers. The "ERA Fellowships - Science Management" action supports German scientific organisations and universities which host a EU13 fellow in establishing new or strengthening existing networks.
Eligible host organisations are non-university research organisations, research funding organisations and higher education institutions located in Germany. Based on a training concept they sign a cooperation agreement with the EU13 fellow covering a guest stay of between 8 and 12 weeks' duration. The application is submitted by the German host organisation. It comprises the training concept, the cooperation agreement, the host organisation’s consent to the fellow’s participation in the weeks on campus, a short CV (of the EU13 fellow) and the consent of the fellow’s employer at home to his/her taking part in the ERA Fellowships programme for the duration of the guest stay.
How much funding is provided?
Funding covers the following eligible expenses/costs, differentiated according to the length of stay (8 weeks at minimum, 12 weeks at maximum):
The German host organisations will receive a lump sum for material costs and personnel costs in the amount of 1,500 euros per month / 750 euros per half month. Travel expenses for host organisation employees who take part in events of the campus weeks may also be claimed. As a rule, the basic equipment of the participating organisations is not covered or supplemented by the lump sum. Since the ERA Fellowships action is intended to build and expand networks and does therefore not constitute an original research project according to the guidelines for the allocation of grants on an expenditure basis, no lump sum can be granted to universities and university hospitals.
The German host organisation is the sole grantee. It is charged with distributing the funds to their EU13 fellow and also with reimbursing his or her travel expenses.