According to Professor Michael Frotscher from the University of Freiburg, German research does not lack money or good researchers; what it lacks most is time. Researchers in leading positions have to deal with huge amounts of administrative work, reducing the time they can spend on creative inspiration. Frotscher thrives on creative challenges. He actually fled from the former East Germany because he could not develop his ideas freely during his postdoctoral training. The Hertie Foundation has now granted him a senior research professorship for the neurosciences which frees him from administrative obligations. From now on, Frotscher will be able to concentrate fully on elucidating the puzzles of the brain.