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Annually award the highly remunerated and internationally advertised Bernstein Award to excellent young researchers with outstanding research ideas in the field of Computational Neuroscience.
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Funding Opportunity Description

Support of Young Researchers in Computational Neuroscience

Training  excellent young scientists is of fundamental importance for the establishment of  a new research field. Besides high-class scientific projects, an excellent education of young scientists and scholars is a central goal of the National Bernstein Network. Within the National Bernstein Network, the BMBF supports since 2004 four Bernstein Centers for Computational Neuroscience with over 40 million Euros. The centers in Berlin, Freiburg, Göttingen and Munich, named after the German physiologist Julius Bernstein (1839-1917), form the core of the young field of computational neuroscience in Germany. The Bernstein Centers support the training of young scientists by the establishment of dedicated training programs in the post-graduate phase (e.g. Master's and PhD programs), by junior research groups within the Centers and by organization of international advanced courses such as world-renowned Summer School  'Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience'.


In the beginning of 2007, the National Bernstein Network for Computational Neuroscience was extended  by Bernstein Collaborations and Bernstein Groups and will be expanded in direction of applications by the topic of neurotechnology in 2008. In the Bernstein Groups, junior scientists are supported in local structures, thereby contributing to the promotion of the research field . The Bernstein Focus: Neurotechnology will incorporate coordinated measures for the qualification of young scientists and mechanisms of technology transfer. Besides the above mentioned measures, a dedicated funding measure for the promotion of young scientists within the Computational Neuroscience was established by the BMBF in 2006: The 'National Bernstein Network for Computational Neuroscience - Bernstein Award'.

National Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience - Bernstein Award

For the sustainable establishment and strengthening of computational neuroscience in Germany, it is of essential importance to attract excellent young scientists and scholars both from within and outside of Germany. Besides high-class scientific projects, an excellent education of young scientists and scholars is a central objective of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience. The Bernstein Centers  substantially contribute to this aim through their activities at the level of study programs. Beyond that, a crucial need exists in the recruitment and promotion of young researchers that  can extend their research profile and develop scientific independence by building up and directing their own research groups. To this end, the BMBF since 2006 annually awards the highly renumerated and internationally advertised Bernstein Award to excellent young researchers with outstanding research ideas in the field of Computational Neuroscience. With the award's funding of 1.25 million Euros they can establish their own research group at a German research institution.