Consulting Research Funding


Werner KlotzbücherDear Visitor,

welcome to the platform for my consulting activities on research funding and proposal writing. Unfortunately my web provider died unexpectedly - and in consequence I lost my established website. 

Here you note my attempts to set up a new website. Yes, attempts! Because this time I will do it all by myself, using the open source HTML-editor KompoZer.  But, as I already learned: this will take time! There are other tasks I have to attend to - but ever so often I will try to learn and add a bit. Be sure the next versions will be much nicer (and hopefully in time even graphically elaborate!).

I used to be a scientific coworker of the Max Planck Society - and as a sideline advised on research funding topics. I was pretty good at this, and thus continued this line after my official retirement. These days I lecture for all kind of organizations in Germany and abroad (e.g. Graduate Schools) and coach scientists to successfully apply for grants from German funding organizations - and especially the Marie Curie and ERC programs of the Horizon 2020 programs of the European Commission.   

Below you will find details of the two routes my consulting has taken. On one hand I give seminars: either a day-long seminar on  the wide variety of funding opportunities from DAAD  via foundations, H2020 and NATO  to the international possibilities - or a very much hands-on seminar on the points to consider when applying for a Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). And on the other hand I accompany an individual scientist as her/his personal "devils advocate" during the process of improving an application to the Marie Curie Program,  the German "Wissenschaftsrat", the Israel Science Foundation and particularly the ERC. For my successful ERC StG and CoG customers from abroad this includes coaching by Skype for the interview phase in Brussels, quite similar to the seminars offered in Germany by KoWi or the Max Planck Society. 

You will find some information about myself and the support I offer for universities, "Fachhochschulen" and independent research institutions in the attached flyer. Please note that, in general, I tend not to consult for scientists in industry or commerce. However, as I recently expanded my portfolio it might be best to check the topics below - or contact me at !

      Thanks for your interest,

                                     Werner Klotzbücher

Current topics:

-  Some details about me and my CV
-  A brief explanation of my motivations

-  My portfolio for 
   *   German universities & research institutions  (including examples)

   *   German "Fachhochschulen" (including agenda)
   *   Universities & research institutions outside Germany (including examples)
   *   Individual counselling for Marie Curie (MSCA) and ERC calls

-  Contact

Special links:

MIDE revival:
I used to be a real scientists - and here I will present the old MIDE listings for my matrix isolation spectroscopy colleagues.

Scientific cooperation with JAPAN:  
A copy of my article on "Hidden Opportunities. A personal view of German-Japanese scientific cooperations" published in the newsletter 04/2014 of the Deutsch-Japanischer Wirtschaftskreis (Düsseldorf) and the updated full version from

Scientific cooperation with RUSSIA:  
Since 1986 I was involved in establishing scientific contacts and cooperations between the matrix isolation communities in the "West" and in the (now former) Soviet Union. On my first visits to Moscow, Charkov, St. Petersburg and Nishni Novgorod I was hit hard by the lack of information and communication on both sides. Tempted by a discussion with Academician Oleg Nefedov, both a matrix isolation chemist and a Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences USSR, I wrote an article about my experiences and thoughts - which he arranged to be published in "Nauka". Here you find the Russian version and my initial English text - and after 25 years I fear that not that much has changed...

       PS:  Eine deutsche Version dieser Webseite wird es erst 
              nach Fertigstellung der englischen Version geben!
              Ausnahme: das Angebot für Fachhochschulen in NRW.