These issues are not openly presented to funders like the DFG, so that, officially, they do not exist. In equipment grants, applicants rather assure that maintenance and repair costs are taken care of by their home department or institution, although this quite often becomes a problem and limits instrument usage.
PIs have also complained to Facility managers about funds allocated to microscopy fees being cut from their research proposals.
The "Hotline" is meant to collect concrete examples for such difficult cases. The information will be handled confidentially, the cases will be anonymous, no personal details will be stored. In discussions with funding bodies, this database shall serve as a strong argument in favor of funding policies that take maintanance costs into account.
We encourage you to report to us any problem you encounter when trying to raise money for repair and maintanance in your facility or institution or when microscopy fees are cut from research proposals. If you would like to do so, please contact the Project Manager of German BioImaging by phone or email.