The German government is supporting the scientific exchange between Germany and abroad and awards grants to German and foreign academics. There are also programmes that support international projects and promote cooperation between German and foreign scientific institutions.
The Year of Science is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in cooperation with Scientists in Dialogue (WiD), participating in the several hundred partners from academic, business, politics and culture with exhibitions, competitions and discussions.
The main focus is on junior researchers (up to 5 years of postdoctoral experience) working at the borders of neighbouring fields or disciplines. The ‘Freigeist’ initiative offers freedom for creative thinking, whilst at the same time providing security for at least 5 years and in the long run the opportunity to establish a career within a scientific research organization or university in Germany. The initiative even incorporates the possibility to apply for additional components during the funding period (e.g. funding of staff positions, travel expenses etc.).