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Complete List of the 29 Funded Projects (2018)

In the first call for proposals in 2018, all five institutions have approved 29 research projects in the humanities, social sciences, medicine, and the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Berlin partners and the University of Oxford are funding the projects with 450,000 euros.

The prerequisite for submitting a research proposal was that at least one of the four Berlin institutions and the University of Oxford needed to be involved. The projects are intended to support further efforts to raise third-party funding from the European Union and from donors in Germany and Great Britain. Funding is available for, among other things, workshops, short-term research stays, and travel grants.

In a multi-stage process, 29 approved projects were selected by committees of experts. During the review process, emphasis was placed on the proposed research project’s quality and innovative content, the level of cooperation, and the probability of future funding.



“Imperial Expectations and Regional Persistence: Ethnicity, Culture and Religion as Fundamental Resources of Regional Identities in the Hellenistic World and the Roman Empire”

Applicants: Ass. Prof. Beate Dignas (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Susanne Gödde (Freie Universität), Prof. Dr. Claudia Tiersch (Humboldt-Universität)

“Oxford-Berlin Enlightenment Hub”

Applicants: University of Oxford: Ass. Prof. Avi Lifschitz, Barry Murnane Barry Murnane, Dr. Kathryn Murphy, Prof. Howard Hotson, Prof. Nicholas Cronk; Freie Universität: Prof. Dr. Anita Traninger, Prof. Dr. Claudia Olk; Humboldt-Universität: Prof. Dr. Mark-Georg Dehrmann; sowie weitere externe Partnerinnen und Partner

“Literature and Material Culture: Archive, Library, Museum”

Applicants: Prof. Georgina Paul (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Ulrike Vedder (Humboldt-Universität)

“Oxford - Berlin Graduate Network in Ancient Studies”

Applicants: Prof. Tobias Reinhardt (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Monika Trümper (Freie Universität)

“Mobility in Historical Perspective”

Applicants: Prof. Julia Smith (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Paul Nolte (Freie Universität)

Social Sciences

“A Typical Employment and the Intergenerational Transmission of Disadvantage: Britain and Germany in Comparative Perspective”

Applicants: Dr. Bastian Betthäuser (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Anette Fasang (Humboldt-Universität)

“Public Participation for Energy Transitions: Examining the Civic Engagement in Sustainable and Social-just Energy Transitions”

Applicants: Ass. Prof. Sarah Darby (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Dr. Martina Schäfer (Technische Universität)

“Towards Fairer Work in the Digital Gig Economy”

Applicants: Prof. Mark Graham (University of Oxford), Dr. Maren Borkert (Technische Universität)

“Justice, Peace, and Politics in the Creation of a Lasting Peace in Colombia’s Marginalised Regions”

Applicants: Dr. Annette Idler (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Sergio Costa (Freie Universität)

“Cities need what they can’t plan fully: Migration, diasporas and planning for cosmopolitan urbanity”

Applicants: Prof. Michael Keith (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Felicitas Hillmann (Technische Universität)

“LISY (Law in Society). An Oxford – Berlin socio-legal research partnership”

Applicants: Ass. Prof. Bettina Lange (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Anna-Bettina Kaiser (Humboldt-Universität)

“Understanding the Uses of Mathematical Models in Policymaking (MODEL-POL)”

Applicants: Dr. Javier Lezaun (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewoehner (Humboldt-Universität)

“Understanding Family Demographic Processes & In-Work Poverty in Europe”

Applicants: Prof. Christiaan Monden (University of Oxford), Dr. Zachary van Winkle (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Johannes Giesecke (Humboldt-Universität), Dr. Emanuela Struffolino (Humboldt-Universität)

“Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Family Formation Policies: A Comparative Symposium”

Applicants: Prof. Mary Daly (University of Oxford), Dr. Hannah Zagel (Humboldt-Universität)


“Functional characterisation of disease-associated long non-coding RNA by CRISPR activation”

Applicants: Ass. Prof. Ben Davies (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Arne Schäfer (Charité)

“Measuring Fungal Networks to Predict Ecosystem Functions”

Applicants: Ass. Prof. Mark Fricker (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Matthias Rillig (Freie Universität)

“Parrobots - Understanding physical problem solving in parrots and robots”

Applicants: Prof. em. Alejandro Kacelnik (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Oliver Brock (Technische Universität)

“Single Molecule Mass Imaging of Cytoskeletal Dynamics”

Applicants: Prof. Philipp Kukura (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Helge Ewers (Freie Universität)

“A collaborative approach to understanding nitrogen oxide reduction at metal centres”

Applicants: Prof. Stuart Mackenzie (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Otto Dopfer (Technische Universität)

“Polymers for Studying Membrane Protein-Lipid Interactions by Native Mass Spectrometry”

Applicants: Prof. Dame Carol Robinson (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Rainer Haag (Freie Universität)

“A network approach to conservation behaviour: The social structure and spread of initiatives in conservation-relevant communities”

Applicants: Prof. Ben Sheldon (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Jens Krause (Humboldt-Universität)


“Endothelial cell-specific roles of Jcad in anglogenesis”

Applicants: Prof. Keith Channon (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Holger Gerhardt (Charité)

“Quantification of Circadian Rhythms in the Visually Impaired”

Applicants: Prof. Russell Foster (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Achim Kramer (Charité)

“Oxford Berlin Training Alliance for Quantitative Neurobiology”

Applicants: Prof. Andrew King (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Susanne Schreiber (Humboldt-Universität)

“Oxford-Berlin Health Data Science Collaboration”

Applicants: Prof. Jens Rittscher (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Tim Conrad (Freie Universität)

“New models for investigating the evolutionary timescales and origins of human viruses”

Applicants: Prof. Peter Simmonds (University of Oxford), Dr. Terence Jones Kelly (Charité)

“Deep learning of personality: big data neuroimaging for mapping personality to identify the brain's intrinsic architecture underlying psychiatric disorders”

Applicants: Prof. Stephen Smith (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Henrik Walter (Charité)

“Oxford-Berlin Network for Quantitative Regenerative Medicine (QRM)”

Applicants: Prof. Sarah Waters (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Duda (Charité) sowie weitere Partnerinnen und Partner der Charité, Freien Universität und Zuse-Institut Berlin (ZIB)

“Berlin-Oxford Summer School on Open and Reproducible Research”

Applicants: Ass. Prof. Laura Fortunato (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Dirnagl (Charité)