Funding Types of Support Travel Subsidies

Travel Subsidies

Financial resources can be applied for from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation to defray travel expenses that are directly related to a project in the humanities, social sciences or biomedical fields.

An application can be filed in the following areas of support:

Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.

Applications for travel subsidies
  • Basic information and conditions
    • Applications can generally only be accepted if they come from universities or non-profit research institutions.
    • In the case of applications from non-governmental institutions within the EU/EEA, the application must be accompanied by a copy of the currently valid tax exemption notice for corporations.
    • Applicants must have generally already received a doctoral degree.
    • General educational travel, excursions or lecture or congress-related travel are not supported
    • The foundation generally does not accept any applications for projects if applications are being filed with other institutions at the same time to ease the burden on its experts assessing applications. An application that is refused by another institution can be filed with the foundation along with a note explaining why it was refused.
    • It is generally not possible to revise applications that have been rejected by the Foundation.
  • Suggested outline for the application
    • Application form (signed in the original)
    • Detailed description of the research project: topic, present state of research, preparatory work done, plan of procedure, theories, methods, time schedule (around 5 to 10 pages)
    • Curriculum vitae and list of the applicant’s publications
    • Bibliography on the topic
    • Itemized budget:
      In addition to reasonable travel costs, a daily fixed sum will be paid, the amount of which will be decided by the foundation. The currently applicable daily or monthly rates as an allowance for defraying costs of overnight stay and meals for the respective country of travel can be found in the table provided under “Download”.

    Only a single set of applications should be sent (unstapled and unbound) by postal service.

    Applications may be submitted in German or in English.

  • Deadlines

    Applications for travel grants may be submitted at any time. Normally a decision can be reached in eight weeks.

  • Notice of grant, disbursement and accounts

    The letter announcing the grant to the candidate states the conditions governing the grant. It is important that any restrictions in connection with the various types of costs be noted. In accepting the grant, the candidate makes a commitment to abide by the conditions of the grant.

    The funds will be disbursed upon the request of the grant holder – signed in the original – or the office administrating third-party funds (state file numbers, account and bank information, internal accounting numbers). Funds can also be called up by sending the foundation a telefax or a pdf attachment to an e-mail. The funds should at the same time be disbursed as close to the period of stay for the research work as possible.

    Rededication of resources as well as the use of approved resources to defray other expenses not stated in the application is subject to approved in advance by the foundation.

    The grant recipient shall be responsible for ensuring that he or she has adequate health-insurance coverage (including for foreign countries) during the period of the grant. The foundation does not pay any subsidies or benefits in the event of sickness or accident.

    After completion of the support, the foundation requires – in each case signed in the original – an informal report on the course and results of the research project and an account statement verifying the use of the resources. Any funds not used must generally be returned after review of the accounts showing how the funds have been used and request for such by the foundation. The account statement along with the accounts showing how the funds have been used must be backed up with verifiable receipts and documents. These should be kept, but not sent to the foundation unless requested to do so.

    The foundation requests two offprints or specimen copies of any publications in connection with the project. The foundation assumes that the publications will contain a note that support was provided by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. The logo of the foundation can be downloaded here for this purpose.

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