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Funding for (permanently) employed researchers at the TU Berlin

The following overview gives a first impression of selected third-party funding opportunities. You can apply for funding if you hold a doctoral degree and are employed at the TU Berlin for the foreseeable future. Please note that those programs do not include funding for your own position. If you are temporarily empoyed at the TU Berlin your employment period should be longer than the duration of the project you apply for.

Project Funding

German Research Foundation (DFG) - Research Grants
Type
Enabling researchers to carry out a project on a specifically defined topic within a limited time period
Duration and scope
Staff costs, direct project costs and instrumentation for several years (depending on the project)
Application
no deadlines

Further information
A research project of high scientific quality and originality, carried out at an international level 
Fritz Thyssen Foundation - Support for Projects
Type
Support for time-limited and focused projects with special regard to early stage researchers.
Duration and scope
Staff and direct project costs for up to 2-3 years
Application
2 annual deadlines

Further details
Gerda Henkel Foundation - Project Grants
Type

Research projects in the historical humanities
Duration and scope

Dissertation or research scholarships for up to 2 years
Application

2 deadlines per year

Further details



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Support for the funding of temporary positions for principal investigators: "Eigene Stelle", Junior Research Groups, Junior Professorships, Professorships

In the following section you will find a number of programs which enable you to apply for third-party funding to pay for a temporary position as part of a project grant, the creation of a junior research group or a (junior) professorship.

"Eigene Stelle" (Temporary Position)

German Research Foundation (DFG) - "Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators" (Part of the Research Grant Program)
Type
Enabling researchers to carry out a project on a specifically defined topic within a limited time period
Duration and scope
Staff costs, direct project costs and instrumentation, initially for 3 years 
Application
no deadlines

Further details
Regulations for Research Grants apply
Fritz Thyssen Foundation - "own post" (Part of the Research Grant Program)
Type
Support for time-limited and focused projects with special regard to early stage researchers.
Duration and scope
1 position TV-L E13 and direct project costs for up to 3 years
Deadlines
2 deadlines per year

Further details

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Junior Research Groups and Junior Professorships

German Research Foundation - Emmy Noether Programme (DFG)
Type
leading an independent junior research group to qualify for a professorship or comparable position in science and research. 
Duration and scope
max. 6 years
Deadlines

no deadlines; processing takes 6 month
Further detailes

within 2-4 Jahre after doctoral degree, not at the degree-awarding institution; significant international research experience and publications; excellent research project

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): Junior Research Groups
Type
leading an independent junior research group to qualify for a professorship or comparable position in science and research. 
Duration and scope
staff and direct project costs to up to 5 years (evaluation after 3 years)
Deadlines

announced through specific calls
Further details

specific calls in different subject areas; please sign on for the ministry newsletter
Helmholtz Young Investigators Groups
Type
individual support for talented early stage researchers and qualification for a university career by leading a junior research group
Duration and scope
300.000 € per year for staff, direct project costs and investments; max. 6 years (evaluation after 3-4 years)
Application

annual deadline

Further details

within 2-6 years after doctoral degree
Robert Bosch Junior Professorship Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources
Type
leading a junior research group
Duration and scope
up to 1 Mio € for 5 years for staff and direct project costs
Application

annual deadline
Further details

up to 5 Jahre after doctoral degree; subject areas: natural sciences, social, developmental, political, medical and public health sciences
VolkswagenStiftung: Freigeist-Fellowships

Type
support of young researchers with a free spirit, open to new horizons and combining critical analysis with imagination and innovative solutions.
Duration and scope
5+3 years; staff and direct project costs; renewal after positive evaluation
Application

annual deadline
Further details

within 1-4 Jahre after doctoral degree;
contribution from the hosting institution is expected (creating a permanent position after 8 years)
ERC Starting Grant
Type
establishing a research group in Europe (focus on excellence)
Duration and scope
5 years; max. 1.5 million Euro (possibly + 500.000 Euro)
Application

annual calls in July; deadline generally autumn
Further details

2-7 years after doctoral degree

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Professorships

German Research Foundation (DFG): Heisenberg Programme
Type

preparation for for a future scientific leadership position; selectable between fellowship, position and professorship (professorship: if all requirements for tenured professorships are fulfilled)
Duration and scope
max. 5 years
Application

no deadlines
Further details
integration of the position in the university budget after expiry of the support
VolkswagenStiftung: Lichtenberg Professorships
Type

creation of a professorship for outstanding researchers in innovative fields of teaching and research; contribution to the institutional profile
Duration and scope
5+3 years
Application

final call 05.06.2018
Further details

binding declaration of the institution that the professorship regarding follow-up funding of the position and guarantee that it will be transformed into a full professorship (W2/W3) after the funding period

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Selected Scholarships

Fritz Thyssen Stiftung: PostDoc Scholarship
Type

Support for time-limited and focused projects with special regard to early stage researchers
Duration and scope
max. 1 year; basic grant and further benefits
Application

no deadline
Further details

within 2 years after doctoral degree
Gerda Henkel Foundation: Research Scholarships

Type

Support of research projects in the historic humanities for researchers with doctoral or post-doctoral degree (Habilitation)
Duration and scope
max. 2 years; basic grant and direct project costs
Application

deadlines twice a year
Further details

on scientific reference from a professor must be provided 

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Research Abroad and Travel Costs

Short term traveling
Fritz Thyssen Foundation: Travel Grants
Type

travel costs related to research work, can be granted independently from project funding
Duration and scope
travel and living expenses
Application

no deadlines, applications are processed within 6-8 weeks
Further details

applicants should have a doctoral degree
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)*: Kongress- und Vortragsreisenprogramm
Type

active participation in renowned international academic meetings (conference, symposia, etc.) which take place abroad.
Duration and Scope
travel grant, support for conference fees and living costs for the duration of the event; max. 8 conference days
Application

applications at least four month (conferences) / one month (lectures and presentations) before the date
Further details

applicants must have a doctoral degree

*Please note: non-German applicants should be integrated in the German academic system and should have a long-term perspective in Germany

Long term traveling
German Research Foundation (DFG): Research Fellowships
Type

carry out a clearly defined research project at a place of choice abroad        
Duration and scope
max. 2 years; grants and benefits
Application

no deadlines
Further details

return grant possible
Europäische Union / Marie S. Curie: Research Fellowship Programme: Individual Fellowships
Type

European Fellowships or Global Fellowships for "experienced"* researchers
Duration and scope
1-2 years (EF); 2-3 years (GF) basic salary and benefits
Applications

annual calls
Further information

*min. 4 years of full-time research experience (also without doctoral degree); joint application with the hosting institution

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Symposia and Conferences

DFG: International Scientific Events
Type

international specialist conferences, symposia, colloquia, workshop, annual meeting
Duration and scope
international conferences:
lump sum, varies according to the number of researchers participating

annual meeting:
Allowances for travel expenses (travel and maintenance costs) for active participants from abroad
Application
6 months before the event begins
Further details
proposals can only be supported every second year.
VolkswagenStiftung: Symposia and Summer Schools
Type

events in all subject areas dealing with new ideas and research approaches, innovative event formats as well as new ways of supporting interaction and networking
Duration and scope
travel expenses for participants, expenses for accommodation and non-personnel costs
Application
Symposia: at least eight months between submitting your application and the date of the actual event, please observe the respective deadlines
Summer schools: at any time
Further details
symposia, workshops and conferences funded by the Volkswagen Foundation are held in the newly constructed "Herrenhausen Palace" convention center in Hanover
Fritz Thyssen Foundation: Conferences
Type
scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences
Duration and scope
travel expenses, costs of accommodation, meal costs for active participants and speakers,  incidental conference costs
Application
February 28th, May 31st, August 31st, November 30th , at least 3 months before the conference starts
Further details

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Networks

Networks
German Research Foundation (DFG): Scientific Networks
Type

promote scientific exchange across locations regarding joint taks and subjects
Duration and scope

travel and living costs for working meeting of the participants and possible guests; further costs (e.g.coordination) and publications for max. 3 years
Application

no deadlines
Further details

clear aim, e.g. a joint publication, research project, exhibition, etc.

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Publications

The TU Publication Fund
Type
Funding of articles in open access journals
Scope
max. €2,000 (VAT included)
Application
As soon as an article has been accepted for publication, applicants can apply for cost coverage. The article must be published in the current 2017–18 funding period.
Further details
The applicant must be the “submitting author” or “corresponding author” responsible for funding and be a member of the TU Berlin under Section 43 of the ‘Berliner Hochschulgesetz’. The fund supports articles published in open access journals that undergo a quality assurance process. Articles in traditional, subscription-based journals that offer Open Access options per article for a fee are not eligible for funding.
DFG: Project-related publication expenses
Type

Contribution to cost of publishing results of scientific projects
Scope
up to 750 Euro per year
Application
Research Grants Basic Module
Further details
VG Wort: grants fo printing costs
Type

printing cots for unpubished outstanding scientific works that may not be realized without financial assistance due to the hight specialization and limited circulation
Scope
up to € 15.000
Application

1. March and 1. September
Further details
Processing time 4 to 7 months
Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation for Humanities: printing costs
Type

Grants for printing costs for scientific works, which are attributable to the humanities
Scope
Application
15. Feburary, 15. June or 15. September of each year
Further details
Dissertations will be funded only with summa cum laude, publications of symposia and anthologies only if they treat a closed topic and publish new findings
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung: Printing Subsidies for scholarly or scientific works
Type

Printing subsidies offer support for the publication of scholarly findings emanating from projects that have already been supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (i.e. through projects, conferences, stipends, travel subsidies, etc.).
Scope
Application
no deadlines
Further details
dissertationscan not be funded
FAZIT-STIFTUNG: Grants for printing costs
Type

Grants for printing costs for dissertations and habilitations
Scope
Grant for the required number of depository copies
Application

no deadlines
Further details
There has to be an actual financial distress, so that it would be impossible to finish the dissertation/ habilitation without the grant

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Funding opportunities for Start-Ups

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