Application for a Gentner Symposium

The annual deadline is 9 July (for proposals regarding Gentner Symposia to be held in the year after next).

Mode of Application

Please send proposals in English only (in hard copy and by e-mail) and refer to the following points:

  • Title, content, and subject area of the symposium
  • Specific topics to be addressed during the symposium
  • Names and affiliations of the organizer and co-organizer
  • Co-operating institutions
  • Course of the programme (incl. preliminary schedule)
  • Expected participants and lecturers (names and institutions), please state that the attendees have already confirmed their participation
  • Future impact of the symposium for the corresponding field of research
  • Budget plan (if the costs exceed EUR 30.000,-- please indicate the source(s) for the additional funds) - see below
  • Conference venue and date

Please note that your proposal for a Gentner Symposium should not involve similar/identical topics or the same group of people as previous ones. Because selection is competitive it is recommended to submit a detailed proposal (average: 4-6 pages).


Please address your proposal to:

Eligible Expenditures

On principle, only costs for the scientific part of the event can be taken into account. A subsequent increase of the lump sum following the grant is not possible. The grant may be used for

  • rent for accommodation
  • costs for board and lodging
  • travel allowances
  • costs for supplement programs
  • printed matter and office supplies
  • postage and phone costs
  • other material costs

Non-eligible Costs

The following items can, on principle, not be discounted at the expense of the project funds:

  • personal salary of the project heads
  • expenses for administrative duties
  • emoluments
  • costs for printing reports on congresses and seminars
  • expenses for construction and installation measures
  • operational and maintenance costs (e.g. electricity, gas, water, cooling agents), maintenance contracts
  • contributions for property insurance, expenditures for letters of safe conduct
  • expenses for the use of an institute's own service facilities (such as computing centers or other - also scientific - services) on the basis of an internal performance settlement
  • expenses for apparatus which must be considered as up-to-date initial equipment (for the respective field)
  • expenses for the supplementation or repair of apparatus which is not the property of the Minerva Foundation Ltd.
  • turnover tax insofar as it can be deducted as input tax
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