Every year young scientists are invited to apply as group leader at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI). Candidates present themselves in a public symposium and will be interviewed by the steering committee of the HZI. Selected applicants are then asked to write a grant proposal. The Helmholtz Association is funding the best applicants from all centres with a total amount of 125 000 EUR over a period of five years, and the HZI is adding the same amount.
Independent of the Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups programme, the HZI is supporting excellent young scientists that fund their work groups via other programmes or third party grants.