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Frequently asked questions about Plus 3.

Yes. If you are unsure about whether your application meets all of them, please call us or email us before preparing your application.

Yes. The 12-year limit to apply for funding after having completed your doctorate will be extended by 18 months per child for female researchers, or longer if appropriate documentation is provided. Male researchers will only be granted an extension equal to any documented periods in which they have been on parental leave.

Please complete your application in English, so that we may ask international reviewers for assessments as well.

No. The Plus 3 programme is exclusively intended for those doing basic research in biology, chemistry, or medicine.

We select reviewers with the necessary expertise in the relevant field (e.g. subject, technologies, model systems, etc.) to judge the projects, and who are able to evaluate both the past performance and the future potential of applicants.

You are welcome to propose suitable experts as reviewers who do not have a conflict of interest. We consider a conflict to exist if you (1) collaborate, (2) have jointly published within the past 3 years, (3) conduct research at the same site, or (4) if they were your doctoral or postdoctoral advisor. To exclude an expert as a reviewer of your application, you must provide a statement of reasons. Board members of the Foundation may not be excluded.

In such cases, you are obliged to inform the Foundation promptly. The Foundation will decide on a case-by-case basis what amount of the remaining funding may transfer with you to the new institution. The new institution must, however, provide the necessary funding for your salary as a professor.

No, this is not possible.