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Exploration Projects of the Grand Challenge Initiative on Global Health

Call for proposals for the second Grand Challenge Initiative of the Berlin University Alliance: “Determinants of Global Health: Exploring Biological, Human-made & Environmental Factors”

  • Start of the call for proposals: April 26, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
  • End of the call for proposals: July 19, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
  • Earliest funding start: February 1, 2022
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Funding amount per project: up to 450,000 euros per year

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has made the relevance, scope, and complexity of global health very clear, as have the many opportunities for inter- and transdisciplinary research and intervention within the topic of global health. As an emerging discipline, global health addresses health issues in a transnational and global perspective, focusing particularly on the interactions between globalization, health, and determinants of health. One focus here is to reduce inequality in healthcare. Global health thus requires multinational and multidisciplinary collaboration to understand – and influence – the inextricable links between the medical, social, biological, cultural, political, economic and environmental factors that have an impact on human health.

In the exploration projects funding line, inter- and transdisciplinary research groups are to be established involving 6 to 12 researchers from at least two of the partner institutions of the Berlin University Alliance – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. These projects address socially relevant issues, coordinate and network research on the project topic within the Berlin University Alliance, and promote exchange between research and non-scientific expertise. In this way, they contribute to the development of the Alliance's Grand Challenge Initiatives and strengthen the Berlin research hub. As a result, innovative approaches to global challenges such as global health are developed and elaborated through the interconnectedness of research, society, politics, economy, and culture.

The full text of the call for proposals can be found under the following link: Call for Proposals

If you plan to apply, please email a Letter of Intent (LOI) by June 1, 2021 to: grand-challenges@berlin-university-alliance.de. (In response to widespread technical problems, the deadline was extended.)

Further specifications can be found in the FAQ and in the text of the Call for Proposals.

The recording of the information session which took place on May 26, 2021 can be found below, along with the slides.

In addition, information on transdisciplinary research for interested applicants is offered by the team of the measure "Research Forums" of Objective 2: Fostering Knowledge Exchange:

  • Basic webinar on transdisciplinary research: 28 May and 14 June, 10-11:30. The event will be held in English. Registration: Please send an email with the subject "Anmeldung Grundlagen-Webinar" to globalhealth-forum@berlin-university-alliance.de and include your name and organization. The number of participants is limited. We ask for early and binding registration.
  • Consultation hour on the topic of transdisciplinary research for applicants: We will answer open questions with you and give advice on transdisciplinary research design. The consultation hours are offered on the following dates: June 11, 2021, June 25, 2021, July 7 and July 9, 2021 between 11-12 (Update: currently only dates for July 7 are still available). Please register by email to: globalhealth-forum@berlin-university-alliance.de, indicating your preferred date and with the subject "TDR Sprechstunde". We will then arrange a 20-minute time slot with you. Ideally, please send your questions to the same e-mail address before the consultation.

Applications must be submitted in English via the following portal:

FAQ about the call for proposals

Necessary documents

If you have any questions, please contact:
Dr. Julia Wolanski, Scientific Coordinator Global Health
Email: grand-challenges@berlin-university-alliance.de