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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).

News

  • TU-Internal Research Funding: Call for Proposals "Initial acquisition" | Deadline: 10.10.2022 [2]
  • Webinar to the call for Proposals "Initial acquisition" on 25.08.2022 [3]

TU Berlin’s internal support for research projects - overview

  • Initial acquisition
  • Dialogplattform
  • Research infrastructure
  • Measures according to strategic goals
  • ProTUTec
  • Out of the ordinary
  • TU-internal research funding - overview

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. 

Initial acquisition

Support in the initial acquisition of third party funds for newly appointed professors and equivalent

Purpose of this instrument
The purpose of the funding instrument “initial acquisition of third party funding” is to make it easy for newly appointed professors (5 years after their initial appointment to a university) and equivalent to access third party funding and to support them in developing their Chair with the aid of third party funded projects.
Funding is provided for the preparation of a third-party funding application.

Applicants
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.

Scope of financial support
Funding for personnel TV-L E13 for a maximum of 6 months (FTE) plus max. EUR 5000 for material resources.
Funding is provided for the preparation of a third-party funding application.

Application procedure
Funding tenders are published regularly up to three times per year.

Decision-making structure
Proposals are in competition with each other. They are submitted to the Strukturkommission (Structural Commission) for their recommendation. The Vice President for Research, Appointment Strategy, Knowledge & Technology Transfer [4] makes the final decision.

Further information on eligibility:
Applicants are generally only eligible to re-apply if a grant has been concluded, i.e. when an application for third-party funding which is supported with internal research funding has been provably submitted for a further round by the submission deadline to the provider of the funding. If no application has (yet) been submitted and is not shown on the project display, then written explanation to the vice president / Strukturkommission will be expected as to why the aims of the funding were not achieved. 

Support in the initial acquisition of third party funds for early-stage researchers (Master- or comparable qualification)

Purpose of funding
The funding instrument aims to help junior researchers (masters or comparable qualification), who have not yet obtained a doctorate. The funding is intended for the preparation of an application for third-party funding.

The professor who applies for the third-party funded project in which the junior researcher shall work accepts, by their application, the obligation to support the junior researcher. The junior researcher shall gain in-depth experience in the intended third-party funded project for his/her work in research. The support and preparation of the third-party funded project application serves the further scientific qualification and scientific orientation of the junior researcher. The accompanying professor may not belong to the group of newly appointed professors.

Applicants
Professors who wish to support a junior researcher with a masters or comparable qualification within the scope of a third-party funding project.

Scope of financial support
Funding for personnel TV-L E13 for a maximum of 6 months (FTE) plus max. EUR 5000 for material resources.
Funding is provided for the preparation of a third-party funding application.

Application process
Funding tenders are published regularly up to three times per year.

Decision-making structure
Proposals are in competition with each other. They are submitted to the Strukturkommission (Structural Commission) for their recommendation. The Vice President for Research, Appointment Strategy, Knowledge & Technology Transfer [5] makes the final decision.

Further information on eligibility:
Applicants are generally only eligible to re-apply if a grant has been concluded, i.e. when an application for third-party funding which is supported with internal research funding has been provably submitted for a further round by the submission deadline to the provider of the funding. If no application has (yet) been submitted and is not shown on the project display, then written explanation to the vice president / Strukturkommission will be expected as to why the aims of the funding were not achieved.

Postdoc-Funding - temporary position as principal investigator

Purpose of funding
This instrument seeks to advance outstanding junior PhD researchers for a maximum of 3 years after their PhD in the next stages of their career and provides support by ensuring financing for preparation of an application to the DFG for funding for a temporary position as principal investigator or for comparable programs (such as those sponsored by the Thyssen Foundation).

Applicants
Eligible for application are postdoctoral candidates, max. 3 years after completion of their PhD (awarding of the certificate). Upon submission of the application, the dissertation must already have been submitted and the PhD defence successfully passed. If one or more children under the age of 18 are taken care of, the period of eligibility is extended by two years per child.

Scope of financial support
Funding for personnel TV-L E13 for a maximum of 6 months (FTE) for financing the applicant plus a maximum of EUR 5000 for material resources.
Funding is provided for the preparation of a third-party funding application.

Application process
Funding tenders are published regularly up to three times per year.

Decision-making structure
Proposals are in competition with each other. They are submitted to the Strukturkommission (Structural Committee) of the Academic Senate (SK) for recommendations. Within the scope of a public application pitch, the applicants present their projects to the Strukturkommission of the Academic Senate (SK) and a public made up of interested parties from TU Berlin. Subsequently, the Strukturkommission will consult on recommendations in a non-public session.
The Vice President for Research, Appointment Strategy, Knowledge & Technology Transfer [6] makes the final decision.

Postdoc Funding – leader of a junior research group

Purpose of funding
This instrument has as its target group internal and external postdoctoral candidates, who as from 1 January 2018 have received approval for a group of junior researchers  in one of the following junior researcher sponsoring programmes:

  • Emmy Noether-Programme (DFG)
  • BMBF Junior Research Group
  • Helmholtz Young Investigator Group
  • Robert Bosch Junior Professorship Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Ressources)
  • VW Freigeist-Fellowships
  • Sofja Kovalevskaja Award (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

as well as

  • DFG Heisenberg position in connection with a raised DFG research grant
  • Einstein Junior Fellow

Applicants
Eligible are postdoctoral candidates, who have received approval for a group of junior researchers in one of these junior research sponsorship programs and are establishing this group of junior researchers at the TU Berlin. Also addressed are postdocs who have not been active at the TU Berlin up to now and will be switching to the TU Berlin with the grant and their group of junior researchers.

Scope of financial support
An annual payment of EUR 10,000 for this period as well as the part of the raised overhead currently valid at the TU Berlin is freely available to the externally financed group of junior researchers.

Furthermore, the group of junior researchers will receive its own sub-cost center. For the leader of the group of junior researchers, the possibility exists to supervise doctorates and to act as an evaluator.

Application process
An application is not required. The Research Promotion Section makes the payment available upon arrival of the grant letter and arranges the provision of the sub-cost center.

Research infrastructure

Purpose of funding
In order to make a contribution to the optimization of the TU-equipment infrastructure,

  • The successful application will be supported within the scope of the procedure for large-scale research facilities according to Article 91b GG (Basic Law).
  • In addition, a tender for the procurement of devices with an investment sum of between €20k and €200k will be carried out at irregular intervals. 

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

Scope of financial support
For large-scale research facilities in accordance with Article 91b GG (Basic Law) with an investment sum greater than €200k, the means available to the research funding will generally provide a contribution of 25%. A contribution of 25% is to be made by the subject area / institute / faculty.

In the case of tenders for equipment/devices costing between €20k and €200k, a contribution of 25% - 50% is to be made by the subject area / institute / faculty.

Application process
Applications for large-scale research facilities in accordance with Article 91b GG (Basic Law) can be submitted at any time. Individual applications for a Chair can be made as can applications in connection with a joint project.

Applications for equipment / devices with an investment sum of between €20k and €200k can only be submitted within the scope of tenders which are carried out irregularly and according to need.

Decision-making structure
The Vice President for Research, Appointment Strategy, Knowledge & Technology Transfer [10] makes the final decision.

Leitung

Dr. Sören Stange
+49 (0)30 314-23864
Fraunhoferstraße 33-36
FH 715
Contact [16]

Kontakt

Dr. Friedemann Koll
+49 (0)30 314-70809
Fraunhoferstraße 33-36
FH 710
Contact [17]

Contact

Dr. Tim Köhler-Ramm
+49 (0)30 314-70106
Fraunhoferstraße 33-36
FH 717
Contact [18]

Application

  • ASF application form [19]
  • ASF Guideline en [20]
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