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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

Objective:

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

Objective:

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

Objective:

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

Objective:

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 2022

Application Deadlines

Research Committee Meeting Dates

Friday, January 21, 2022 Monday, February 7, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022 Monday, May 16, 2022
Friday, July 1, 2022 Monday, July 18, 2022
Friday, September 30, 2022 Monday, October 17, 2022