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Main Call Exploration Projects Social Cohesion

Main call for proposals for interdisciplinary research projects for the Grand Challenge Initiative Social Cohesion within the Exploration Projects funding program.


The overarching aim of the Exploration Projects Social Cohesion is to understand the global conditions, dynamics, perspectives and limitations of social cohesion and to demonstrate potential structures that could provide solutions for a future society characterized by sustainable success and stability. The funding program supports research on topics that demand new and innovative methods, questions, directions and approaches. In pursuing this goal, the Berlin University Alliance wants to explicitly show its support of groundbreaking projects that employ new approaches. An additional aim of the Exploration Projects is the development of larger, long-term research groups.


The call is aimed at professors as well as postdoc researchers from the Berlin University Alliance institutions – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin zu Berlin. A researcher may only participate in one project proposal.


Funding totaling 1.35 million euros is available over a three-year period for interdisciplinary research teams in the Berlin area exploring the issue of social cohesion. The research teams should focus on socially relevant issues and bring together work undertaken by researchers within the Berlin University Alliance. The earliest possible project starting date is September 2020.

Funding is targeted for projects that cross borders between disciplines and their different methodologies and that seek to benefit from interdisciplinary approaches. Ideally, the projects should also incorporate transdisciplinary collaboration with partners from industry and relevant social groups.

How to apply

Proposals should be submitted in German or English via the online portal https://portal.bihealth.de/Portal/SitePages/Home.aspx

The last day to submit applications is May 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.


Please send your questions to the academic coordinators at grand-challenges@berlin-university-alliance.de

Dr. Nicola Isendahl
Strategic Planning Office
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Phone: 030 / 2093-20071

Veronique Riedel
Excellence Strategy Task Force
Technische Universität Berlin
Phone: 030 / 314-22438