ELAN pilot projects provide funds for junior researchers (postdocs, until the age of 39 (i.e. before the 39th birthday) at the time of application ) for the duration of 12 months (personnel and other costs). Maximum funding is limited to 60,000 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.


Grant volume for Pilot Projects

Staff one position
Consumables max. EUR 20,000
Complete funding amount max. EUR 60,000
Others Participation in Publication Pool
Duration max. 12 months