Department-independent Research Groups
Research groups at the MPI-IE are either department-associated or department-independent. Department-independent groups can be established in different ways.
The Max Planck Society provides financial resources for so-called Max Planck Research Groups (MPRG). These "free-floating" positions are centrally advertised by the Max Planck Society.
The establishment of new research groups can also be enabled by central resources of the institute or by third-party funds.
Department-associated and department-independent research groups are considered equivalent and have comparable budget. They pursue – within the framework of the MPI-IE – their research fully independently. Currently, four department-independent research group are established at the MPI-IE headed by Tim Lämmermann, Ritwick Sawarkar and Dominic Grün. In addition Valérie Hilgers will start her new group in October 2016.