Germany and France are inviting researchers from all over the world to cooperate with German and French partners to advance sustainability research in the following fields:

1. Research on climate change
2. Research for the energy transition
3. Research to understand the Earth system.

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) MOPGA-GRI stands for make Our Planet Great Again – German Research Initiative“.

Fellows of the program will be given the opportunity to set up their own research group at a German university or research institution for a period of four years.

The call is separated into Step 1 and Step 2:

  • In Step 1 of the call individual applicants submit a statement of interest using an online application form;
  • In Step 2 of the call and following a review process a limited number of applicants from Step 1 will be asked to prepare a full application together with a German host institution of their choice (university or non-university research institution).

See deadline dates below.


  • Both junior and senior researchers of all nationalities who have not resided in Germany in the last two years can apply
  • Junior researchers must have completed their doctorate with distinction at least two years prior to the application deadline of the program
  • Applicants are expected to have an excellent record of publications and/or patents and wish to set up their own research group and realize a highly original and innovative research project at a German university or research institution of their choice.

Available Funding

  • Junior researchers will receive up to 1 million euros and senior researchers up to 1.5 million euros for 4 years (combined value of contributions from the DAAD and the German host institution)
  • Funding period commences on March 1, 2018 and ends on December 31, 2022 at the latest
    • The duration of a project may not exceed 48 months.

Useful links


CORIS Internal Deadline for Review Please contact Heloise Emdon
cuResearch Checklist Deadline  October 06, 2017
Submission to Sponsor
  •  October 13, 2017 (Step 1)
  • January 15, 2018 (Step 2)

Submitting Your Checklist

  • Checklists must be submitted via cuResearch, through which the Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact Heloise Emdon.