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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.

CONNECT Funding line


Network building among FU researchers and capacity building to develop a joint proposal for a collaborative research project.

  • Information sheet (download)
  • Application form (download)

STRUCTURE Funding line


Preparation of a proposal for a Collaborative Research Center, a Cluster of Excellence or similar funding schemes. The funds serve to conduct preliminary studies supporting the proposal and for proposal writing itself.

  • Information sheet (download)
  • Application form (download)

Applications for the funding lines CONNECT and STRUCTURE can be submitted any time. The Executive Board will make the final decision based on a funding recommendation by the Excellence Council. For advise concerning the application, please contact the member of Team VI C responsible for your department.

Information Sheets on Expenses Eligible for Funding

Application Deadlines and Research Committee Meeting Dates for 2023

Application Deadlines

Research Committee Meeting Dates

Friday, January 20, 2023 Monday, February 6, 2023
Friday, April 28, 2023 Monday, May 15, 2023
Friday, June 30, 2023 Monday, July 17, 2023
Friday, September 29, 2023 Monday, October 16, 2023