ELAN pilot projects provide funds for junior researchers (postdocs, max. 38 years of age) for the duration of 12 months (personnel and other costs). Maximum funding is limited to 50,000 EUR.

First and foremost, pilot projects are intended for highly qualified young investigators and newly established groups. Besides this, pilot projects are supported and financial gaps in on-going investigations are bridged (“standard programme”). It is intended to enable as many qualified  investigators as possible to raise further funding from external grant providers.