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Money for SMEs and open access announced

Germany’s federal education ministry has created two funding instruments to strengthen innovation at small businesses and boost open-access publishing among scientists.

On 5 September, the ministry announced that it would fund preparatory and feasibility projects to encourage more small and medium-sized businesses to do R&D. In the pilot phase, funding of up to €50,000 will be provided to cover up to six months of work at each of about 100 businesses that have not been funded by the ministry in the past five years.

Four days earlier, the ministry announced the creation of the Post-Grant Fund, which will cover the costs of publishing in high-quality open-access publications for ministry-funded projects. “With the new Post-Grant Fund, we are helping scientists to allow free access to their publications,” said Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, a state secretary at the ministry.

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