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ABC/J Competence Centres

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© Geoverbund ABC/J

1. Funding objectives

Geoverbund ABC/J promotes cross-locational research projects in geosciences and geography and sets strategic and methodological research foci that contribute to the profiling and visibility of its members and the entire ABC/J research region. Further objectives of the network encompass to promote early career scientists, to initiate and develop joint research infrastructures and to ease access to these. Established in 2009, the cooperation efficiently pools and interconnects the expertise in geoscientific research and education gained at these institutions over several decades. As a mediator between science, politics, and society, Geoverbund ABC/J’s declared aim is to increase the visibility of the ABC/J region as a nationally and internationally renowned research region in the field of geosciences.

Against this background, the Geoverbund ABC/J will promote the establishment of further ABC/J competence centres in the coming years, following the example of the two already established ABC/J competence centres HPSC TerrSys and CPEX-LAB.

ABC/J competence centres bundle expertise on a specific research topic - across locations and detached from institutional structures. The Geoverbund ABC/J offers the appropriate framework for the establishment of these thematic centres and, due to its experience in the coordination of cross-location and interdisciplinary collaborative projects, provides added value for the partners in the Geoverbund ABC/J.
The thematically focused and coordinated research within the ABC/J competence centres interconnects complementary research expertise and existing research infrastructures, thereby activating synergies and increasing further the visibility of the ABC/J research region through profile building. In addition, the ABC/J competence centres, e.g. within the framework of structured doctoral programmes and summer schools, play an important role in the training and further education of young scientists under the umbrella of Geoverbund ABC/J.

2. Type and scope of funding

Geoverbund ABC/J provides a financial grant to cover personnel costs for the establishment and coordination of the ABC/J competence centre. The grant amounts to up to EUR 25,210 net (EUR 30,000 gross) per funding year over a maximum period of three years. The prerequisite for a three-year funding period is a positive interim evaluation after the second funding year. From the fourth year at the latest, the centres should become self-sustaining through the acquisition of third-party funded projects. After approval or successful establishment, the ABC/J competence centres are additionally eligible to apply for funding for the organisation of summer schools and meetings/workshops/conferences under Geoverbund ABC/J’s regular funding opportunities.

3. Eligible applicants

All postdoctoral researchers who are members of the Geoverbund ABC/J and who eager to establish an ABC/J competence centre can apply for a grant under this funding line.

4. Funding criteria

In order to ensure continuous exchange and development in accordance with the general objectives and tasks of the Geoverbund ABC/J, close cooperation between the scientific (director) and operational (coordinator) management level of the respective ABC/J competence centre with the steering group and the coordination office of the Geoverbund ABC/J is a prerequisite. Further eligibility criteria:

  • The type and structure of the ABC/J competence centre applied for must be suitable for coordinating research activities within its respective thematic focus area and, in particular, for generating added value to the ABC/J research region through profile building.
  • Scientists from at least two partner organisations of the Geoverbund ABC/J must jointly apply for the ABC/J competence centre.
  • Applicants must have the appropriate expertise.

5. Application procedure

To apply for a financial grant for the establishment of an ABC/J competence centre, the  Application form ABC/J Competence Centre (docx, 419 kB) provided here must be used. The application must be submitted as a single PDF document to the coordination office of the Geoverbund ABC/J:

Geoverbund ABC/J
Coordination Office
c/o Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
IBG-3 Agrosphere
52425 Jülich


Deadline for proposal submission: 08.05.2020. This date is not a cut-off deadline; however, applications received after the date specified may not be considered.

All applications submitted in due form and time will be evaluated within a scientific review process. The assessment is carried out by the Steering Committee of Geoverbund ABC/J, which can also obtain external assessments or commission further persons for this purpose. Applicants will be informed immediately after completion of the review and approval process.

The coordination office is at your disposal for any further questions.

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