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Internal Research Funding via the Research Committee

Freie Universität Berlin aims to support the acquisition of external funding for new research projects and to cultivate new areas of research by allocating financial resources internally. It hopes to facilitate interdisciplinary research groups, particularly within small teams, with a particular emphasis on supporting the next generation of researchers in pursuing a career in academia.

The Research Committee provides the Executive Board with recommendations regarding financial support for research projects via the START and TEAMS funding lines. The Research Committee is a joint commission appointed by the Academic Senate and the Executive Board of Freie Universität Berlin.

START Funding Line


This program provides financial support for any necessary preparatory work and the development of third-party funding applications for new research projects.

TEAMS Funding Line


This program is designed to create networking opportunities among researchers at Freie Universität Berlin to test out new concepts and conduct innovative, higher risk projects. While the potential success of the project is important, creativity and risk-taking are the main priorities. At the same time, the researchers are generally expected to strive toward obtaining third-party funding at a later stage.

Information Sheets on Expenses Eligible for Funding

Application Deadlines and Research Committee Meeting Dates for 2021

Application Deadlines

Research Committee Meeting Dates

Friday, June 25, 2021 Monday, July 12, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021 Monday, 15 November, 2021