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€1.5bn a year devoted to studying the universe

Germany’s federal education ministry has launched a funding programme to improve the research infrastructure for studying the universe and matter.

The programme, announced on 29 June, will make €1.5 billion per year available for the next 10 years. Researchers can apply for funding primarily to access or work on state-of-the-art facilities such as particle accelerators and telescopes.

“Fundamental research such as the exploration of particles, matter and the universe is important for the future: with excellent basic research in Germany, we are providing long-term support for our country’s ability to innovate,” said Johanna Wanka, the federal education minister.

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