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Within their new partnership, the University of Oxford and Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin are seeking to strengthen already existing links as well as to stimulate new research collaborations between the four Berlin partners and all four Oxford University academic divisions.

In the first call for proposals in 2018, all five institutions have now 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.