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Success at the European Union: FRIAS secures new funding for international fellowships

Between 2014 and 2019, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) will receive up to 3.3 million euros for its international fellowship programme under the European Union’s (EU) Marie Curie COFUND scheme.

Between 2014 and 2019, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) will receive up to 3.3 million euros for its international fellowship programme under the European Union’s (EU) Marie Curie COFUND scheme. Having beaten off stiff competition, the institute has been awarded enough funds to finance up to 20 fellowships for guest academics per annual call for applications.

The EU’s aim is to support academics from the European research area in particular and to increase mobility within Europe. “The EU is using the COFUND scheme to promote a basic principle which is also an important part of FRIAS’s work,” explains the institute’s managing director, Dr Carsten Dose. “The academic world benefits considerably from long guest stays from international researchers, which, for example, create diverse networks that open up new, long-term research collaboration possibilities.”

The first call for applications for stays during the 2014/15 academic year is expected to be made in autumn 2013 once the official negotiations between the EU and the University of Freiburg have been completed. Successful applicants will become part of the FRIAS community and are also given the opportunity to forge close contacts with colleagues from the university’s various faculties.

Securing the funding represents another important step in safeguarding the institute’s academic and research prospects in the long term. As stressed by Prof. Dr Hermann Grabert, Vice Speaker of FRIAS’s Board of Directors, “The success is further proof of the high regard that FRIAS enjoys internationally. The new fellowship programme fits the institute’s restructuring perfectly, as it is open to applicants from all disciplines.”

Contact: Dr Carsten Dose, carsten.dose@frias.uni-freiburg.de

05/2013