Klaus Tschira Boost Fund

Flexible Funding and Career Development for Researchers in the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science.


Dr. Birte Seffert
GSO e. V.
Friedrichstrasse 60
10117 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0) 30 2076 9967


The application deadline for the 5th KT Boost cohort ended on March 31.

Klaus Tschira Boost Fund


Through the Klaus Tschira Boost Fund, we promote excellent researchers by providing 

  • flexible funding to create scope for independent, higher risk, interdisciplinary projects,
  • support in building (international) collaborations and networks,
  • targeted mentoring and advice on professional and personal development.

The objective is to give (young) researchers greater flexibility in shaping their career paths, accelerate their careers, and promote early independence.

Answers to the most important questions plus tips from our 2023 webinar

with one of our Fellows and a member of the selection committee and the updated presentation and FAQs are available here.

Webinar presentation


Application guidelines

»How to apply for the KT Boost Fund and other grants«

Program Information

It is possible to apply for funding of up to € 80,000 for a period of up to 24 months. In principle, funding can be used for all types of costs; no more than 75% of the funds may be used to cover (parts of) the fellow’s own salary.

In addition, fellows are eligible to become members of the alumni network AlumNode  which focuses on the following:

  • Leadership & Career Development
  • Science Communication & Advocacy
  • Projects & Collaborations

The network offers access to intensive knowledge transfer and sharing, the promotion of independent projects, peer mentoring as well as various advisory and professional development opportunities.

The program is made possible by funding from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. More information: www.klaus-tschira-stiftung.de

The program addresses Postdoctoral Researchers who :

  • are employed at a higher education institution (university, university of applied sciences) or a nonuniversity research institution in Germany;
  • conduct research in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Neurosciences or Physics;
  • are not already funded by a junior research group program (e.g. Emmy Noether, ERC Starting Grant or others).

Applications may be submitted by public higher education institutions (universities, universities of applied sciences) and non-university research institutions in Germany. The approved funding must be requested by the applicant institution and made freely available to the researcher. Funding must be used in accordance with the approved financial plan, and proof of use of funds is submitted to GSO.

All information about the application is available for download. We recommend reading these carefully as the program is highly competitive. The approval rate was 2.95% in 2022 and 3.12% in 2021.

The application deadline for the 5th KT Boost cohort ended on March 31, 2023.

Our Fellows & Alumni

Thanks to the funding of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, we have so far been able to support 44 fellows and their research in four cohorts.

Casey Paquola
Forschungszentrum Jülich / Neuroscience
Hilary Noad
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids/ Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Inmaculada Martínez-Reyes
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine / Molecular Immunology and Gene Therapy
Oya Cingöz
Robert Koch Institute / Infection and immunity
Renate Sachse
Technical University of Munich / Computational and structural mechanics
Sam Sanders
Ruhr University Bochum / Mathematics & Computer Science
Susanne Wintzheimer
FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg / Materials Chemistry
Svetlana Klementyeva
University of Tübingen / Inorganic Chemistry
Zahra Razaghi-Moghadam
University of Potsdam & MPI Molecular Plant Physiology / Systems Biology
Ignacio Rodríguez Polo
University of Göttingen / The Francis Crick Institute, London / Developmental Biology
Anna Schulz
Technical University of Munich/ Animal Physiology and Immunology
Christoph Heyl
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY & Helmholtz-Institute Jena / Laser Physics
Claudia Bizzarri
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/ Photoactive metal complexes for catalysis and bioimaging
Daniel Carlson
Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon/ Oceanography
Emmanuelle Quemin
Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology/ Structural Virology
Felix M. Key
Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology/ Evolutionary genetics
Florian Loebbert
University of Bonn/ Theoretical Particle Physics
Georgios Gkatzelis
Forschungszentrum Jülich/ Atmospheric Chemistry
Katharina Baum
Hasso Plattner Institute/ Network-based data analysis
Matthew Agler
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena/ Microbial ecology & Plant-microbe interactions
Mine Altinli
Bernhard-Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine/ Molecular Entomology
Miriam Menzel
Forschungszentrum Jülich/ Neuroimaging
Christian Hering-Junghans
Leibniz Institute for Catalysis Rostock/ Inorganic Chemistry, Catalysis
Claudia Alfes-Neumann
Bielefeld University/ Pure mathematics
Dr. Marcel Pawlowski, Gruppenleiter am Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik, Klaus Tschira Boost Fund Fellow
Marcel Pawlowski
Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam/ Astronomy, Astrophysics
Merle Röhr
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg/ Computational Chemistry, Theoretical physics, Quantum biology
Paola Carrillo-Bustamante
Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology Berlin/ Computational Biology, Infectious Diseases
Pauline N. Fleischmann
University of Würzburg/ Neuroethology
Penelope R. Whitehorn
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/ Pollinator Ecology
Romy Lorenz
Max Planck Institute Leipzig/ Cognitive neuroscience
Sabine Becker
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern/ Metalloneurochemistry
Walter Bronkhorst
Institute of Molecular Biology Mainz/ Developmental Biology, RNA Biology
Wilhelm Palm
German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg/ Cell Biology, Metabolism, Cancer
Darjus Tschaharganeh
DKFZ Heidelberg / Cancer Research
Dermot Harnett
HU Berlin, BIMSB/ Computational Biology
Florian I. Schmidt
University of Bonn/ Innate Immunity, Cell Biology, Virology, Nanobody engineering
Jan Rennies-Hochmuth
Fraunhofer IDMT Oldenburg/ Speech Intelligibility
Julia Grosse
GEOMAR Kiel/ Marine Biogeochemistry
Lena J. Daumann
LMU München/ Bioinorganic Chemistry
Dr. Lysanne Snijders, Scientist IGB-Berlin, KT Boost Fund Fellow
Lysanne Snijders
Assistant Professor / NWO-Veni Fellow / Animal behaviour
Matthias Schröter
UFZ Leipzig/ Ecosystem services
Nadja Klein
HU Berlin/ Applied Statistics
Patrina S. P. Poh
Charité Berlin/ Bone Tissue Engineering, Additive Design & Manufacturing
Dr. Tuan Leng Tay, Group Leader, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, GSO Fellow
Tuan Leng Tay
Assistant Professor in Biology and Anatomy & Neurobiology