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Support in the initial acquisition of third party funds for newly appointed professors and early-stage researchers

Purpose of this instrument

The purpose of the funding instrument “initial acquisition of third party funding” is to

  1. make it easy for newly appointed professors (5 years after their initial appointment to a university) to access third party funding and to support them in developing their Chair with the aid of third party funded projects.
  2. A further goal is to introduce early-stage researchers into the application and implementation process of third party funding. They should

  • have completed a very good study phase or start of doctoral phase
  • have completed a very successful doctoral phase or
  • be in their junior postdoc phase (max. 1 to 2 years after completing their doctorate) and are planning an academic career.

The faculty member acts as the applicant vis-à-vis funder and is responsible for implementing the application process and supporting the project for the purpose of selectively promoting an early stage researcher.
For early-stage researchers at the end of the doctoral phase or in the junior postdoc phase this for instance can be achieved by forging a bond between the faculty member and the early-stage researcher, which consists of a mentoring relationship and quasi “co-management” approach to the intended third party funded project.
In the context of the intended third party funded project, junior researchers are expected to augment their research experience in their respective disciplines.
Before completing a doctorate, gifted early-stage researchers should be given the opportunity to participate in third party funded projects. Promoting and preparing a third party funding proposal affords early stage researchers a further academic qualification and academic orientation.

The accompanying professor does not have to be newly appointed.

Applicants

  1. Newly appointed professors (first 5 years after their initial appointment at a university)

    The same status is granted to Emmy Noether Grantees, ERC Starting Grantees and persons in similar positions, who as a junior research group leader have received excellent funding in the context of competitive programs.

  2. professors who submit a proposal together with the early-stage researcher in their Chair. See above for a definition of “early-stage researcher“.

Scope of financial support
Budget in the amount of up to 9 person months, normally for pay scale TV-L EG 13. The Budget can be used to fund both human resources and materials. 

Application procedure
Funding tenders are published regularly up to three times per year. The deadlines are announced on the website of the Research Promotion Section.

Decision-making structure
Proposals are submitted to the Strukturkommission (Structural Commission) for their recommendation. The Vice President for Research makes the final decision.

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Post-Doc-Funding

Purpose of funding
The purpose of the “Postdoc Funding” is to support excellent early-stage researchers after the completion of their doctorate in their next career step and to give them an opportunity to plan and to maintain their scientific careers at TU Berlin. The aim of this instrument is to strengthen researchers’ scientific reputations and to promote experience in managing a group and the corresponding budget.
Support is provided for proposals to acquire a leadership position in a junior research group hosted at TU Berlin (financed by e.g. DFG, BMBF, EU etc.) and applying for a temporary position through DFG (“Eigene Stelle”) or the Volkswagen Foundation (“Freigeist”).

Eligible applicants
Excellent postdocs with current/future affiliation to a TU Berlin Chair seeking to independently submit a project proposal. This funding instrument is aimed at both internal, as well as external excellent postdocs.

Scope of financial support
A full-time TV-L EG 13/14 position is granted for a period of max. 12 months. The support period is determined on the basis of the complexity of the proposal and the previous experience of the applicant.
After submitting an application for third party funding, financing can be extended in case further preparations are required to organize the project (e.g. publications, acquiring cooperation partners and international contacts, further training, travel to conferences etc.). An extension is limited to 6 months. In addition a 6-month budget TV-L EG 13 is also available.
A part-time position is possible in justified cases (e.g. parental leave or if the applicant must demonstrate teaching experience for the proposed project and he/she wants to achieve this during the application period).

Application process
Up to 3 postdoc positions are funded each year. Funding tenders are published regularly up to three times per year. The deadlines are announced on the website of the Research Promotion Section.

Decision-making structure
Proposals are submitted to the Strukturkommission for their recommendation. The Vice President for Research makes the final decision.

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Internal funding for initiating collaborative projects

Purpose of this instrument
The purpose of the funding instrument “initiating collaborative projects“ is to lay the groundwork for par-ticipation in third party funded collaborative research projects. Support is provided for applications aiming to obtain host or coordinator status for the university at the following kind of projects:

  • DFG Collaborative Research Centers (Sonderforschungsbereiche)
  • DFG Research Groups (Forschergruppen)
  • DFG Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs)
  • EU collaborative projects (e.g. networks of excellence)
  • BMBF collaborative projects
  • and other important research networks

Eligible applicants
Faculty members of one or more Chairs are eligible to apply.

Scope of offered support
Budget in the amount of up to 9 person months for pay scale TV-L EG 136, a single 6-month extension is possible in exceptional cases. The budget is to be used in support of the application process.
A single grant of up to 250,000€, is also available in the context of Art. 91b Large-scale equipment proce-dure. Appropriate financial involvement of the Chairs and Faculties is expected.

Application procedure
Applications can be submitted at any time. An informal application is sufficient. In well justified cases, ap-plications for infrastructure funding can also be submitted outside the context of funding for initiating col-laborative projects.

Decision-making structure
The Vice President for Research makes the final decision.

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Out of the ordinary

Purpose of this instrument
Research and science change our views of society. Constant scrutiny of the related approaches, methods and research questions, and research and scientific activities serve to drive continued societal and techno-logical development. A technical university is especially committed to building bridges between basic and application oriented research activities, and to purposefully promoting technology transfer. This path can-not always be planned and is not straightforward. This is why TU Berlin needs to offer flexible support op-tions that can meet the special needs of science and research.
The above-cited instruments are important components of our university research support program. They help TU Berlin researchers to freely develop their skills and to independently apply for third party funded research projects. Given the high transformation potential that is inherent in research and science, further options are needed for proposed projects that are not covered by existing support instruments.

Application procedure
Formless applications for well-founded proposals for projects outside the scope of the abovementioned instruments can also be submitted at any time.

Decision-making structure
The Vice President for Research makes the final decision.

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Research-Oriented Standards in Gender Equality

Promoting equal opportunities and the integration of gender-related aspects in research projects has become an integral component of numerous evaluation procedures conducted by national and European funding organizations. Women should be increasingly included in the research teams of European associations and in national excellence initiatives. In respect to research projects themselves, the needs of women and men should be considered on an equal basis.

In this context, the TU Berlin Steering Committee resolved to commit itself to implement the Research-Oriented Standards in Gender Equality of the German Research Foundation DFG. We would like to encourage you to utilize TU Berlin funding instruments in order to the increase the number of women involved in research and incorporate gender-related aspects into the organization of research projects. 

TU internal research funding

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TU Berlin supports and promotes the research activities of its researchers on the basis of a flexible set of “internal research support instruments”. These instruments are used in order to support research and contribute to the development of key application areas of the TU Berlin. They are conceived to meet the needs of researchers, as well as to reflect the objectives of TU Berlin. Accordingly, TU’s internal research support is open for exceptional projects “out of the ordinary”. (Academic Senate Resolution of 12 Dec. 2012).

Next deadline for applications for the TU internal "initial acquisition of third party funds" and the "Post-Doc-Funding" Feb. 14 2017

Dagmar Otto - VC 4
Advice for initial acquisition of third party funds and Post-Doc-Funding

Fraunhoferstraße 33-36
Room FH 733
10587 Berlin
Tel. +49 (0)30 314-29576
E-Mail: dagmar.otto(at)tu-berlin.de

 

Dr. Robert Spät - VC 1
Advice for funding for initiating collaborative projects and Out of the ordinary

Fraunhoferstraße 33-36
Room FH 710
10587 Berlin
Tel. +49 (0)30 314-25346
E-Mail: robert.spaet(at)tu-berlin.de

 

Dr. Sören Stange - VC 6
Dialogplattform

Fraunhoferstraße 33-36
Room FH 715
10587 Berlin
Tel. +49 (0)30 314-23864
E-Mail: stange(at)tu-berlin.de

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Dagmar Otto
+49 (0)30 314-29576
Fraunhoferstraße 33-36
Room FH 733

Dr. Robert Spät
+49 (0)30 314-25346
Fraunhofer Str. 33-36
Room FH 710