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Franco-German Fellowship Programme on Climate, Energy and Earth System Research

Updated March 2018: The current application period for this opportunity is now closed. Please check back at a later time for infomation about the next competition.

Franco-German Fellowship Programme on Climate, Energy and Earth System Research Funding of research groups within the framework of the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement (MOPGA-GRI)

In Step1 of the call individual applicants submit a statement of interest using an online application form.

  • Application deadline for Step 1: 13 October 2017

In Step 2 of the call and following a review process a limited number of applicants from Step 1 will be asked to prepare a full application together with a German host institution of their choice (university or non-university research institution).

  • Application deadline for Step 2: 15 February 2018
Goals of the programme

Germany and France are inviting researchers from all over the world to cooperate with German and French partners to advance sustainability research in the following fields:

  1. Research on climate change
  2. Research for the energy transition
  3. Research to understand the Earth system.

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) MOPGA-GRI stands for „Make Our Planet Great Again – German Research Initiative“.

Fellows of the programme will be given the opportunity to set up their own research group at a German university or research institution for a period of four years.

What and who will be funded?

Funding will be provided for the establishment of research groups in the designated research areas under the leadership of the successful applicants.
Junior researchers will receive up to 1 million euros and senior researchers up to 1.5 million euros for 4 years (combined value of contributions from the DAAD and the German host institution)
The funding provided will cover staff expenditure (including the position of the applicant him- or herself, post-docs, doctoral students and/or technicians), as well as expenditures for materials and consumables).

Funding period

The funding period commences on 1st March 2018 (earliest begin) and ends on 31 December 2022 at the latest. The duration of a project may not exceed 48 months.

Further information

The full call containing a detailed list of priority research areas covered by the programme is available under downloads.

Under Downloads you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions for the MOPGA-GRI Fellowship-Program.

Application Procedures

The online application form (Step 1 of the application procedure) is accessible through the following link:

Annual Value

Up to €1.5 million