In the call for proposals, we do not define the “Global South” preliminary as a geographical area but rather as a term that challenges existing hierarchies in knowledge production. The Global South includes countries that occupy a marginalized position in global science production.
The DFG country list might serve as a reference to choose possible international partners. However, the BCGE is open to other countries/regions. It is advisable to explain in the application why a country or a partner belongs to the Global South from the perspective of the applicant, or why it strengthens the cooperation of the Berlin University Alliance with the Global South.
Applications should be submitted by a group of applicants who belong to at least two different institutions of the Berlin University Alliance. If applications are submitted by one or more applicants from a single institution of the Berlin University Alliance, the reasons for this should be explained, potential cooperation partners within the Alliance should be indicated and the status of the cooperation briefly described.
Third parties, in other words persons who are not members of one of the Berlin University Alliance institutions, can be included in applications, but are not eligible to receive funding. Anyone who has an employment contract with an institution of the Alliance is considered a member of an institution of the Alliance.
It is also possible to nominate additional external cooperation partners. Depending on the procurement laws for budgets at the individual Alliance institutions, it may also be possible to commission work from external sources. These are to be invoiced as full costs.
Approved funding is generally tied to the budget year in accordance with the funded project duration. The carryover of funds to the following year must be applied for and should not exceed 20 percent. Therefore, the allocation of the requested funds to the financial year 2020 or 2021 in the application is of great importance.
This depends on the project. The call for proposals defines possible project types (Multi-stakeholder dialogue; Science diplomacy: Challenges of worldwide academic cooperation; Digital cooperation with the Global South). If the project is assigned to the types Multi-stakeholder dialogue or Digital cooperation with the Global South, a partnership with the Global South is mandatory. If the project is classified as Science diplomacy or Challenges of worldwide academic cooperation, a partnership with the Global South is welcome but not mandatory.