OX|BER Research Partnership: Short-term flexible funding


Short-term flexible funding opportunities for workshops and research activities in the framework of the OX|BER Research Partnership

In the context of the OX|BER Centre for Advanced Studies, formed in 2020 to further the research partnership between the University of Oxford and the Berlin University Alliance (comprising Humboldt Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, the Technische Universität Berlin, and the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin), the University is calling for small-scale proposals to support the establishment of new research collaborations, or the continuation and advancement of existing collaborations, across the full range of disciplines covered by the five institutions.

The call is intended to provide seed funding for small projects, as well as for workshops and conferences, and for visits between Oxford and Berlin, to enable researchers to work jointly with colleagues in the other location. The aim of the scheme is to build further on the considerable success, in terms of attracting third-party funding, enjoyed by joint projects undertaken within the earlier rounds of workshop and seed funding under the auspices of the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership.

Applications should be made by Oxford researchers who have identified and gained the agreement of a research partner within the BUA (applications involving colleagues from more than one BUA institution are especially encouraged). The involvement of additional external principal investigators (from German, British, or international research or government institutions or companies) is welcome, although they will be expected to cover their own expenses for the project in all but exceptional circumstances.

In general, Oxford applicants should be salaried members of faculty or equivalent (such as fully-funded postdoctoral fellows), who have the necessary institutional infrastructure to enable them to hold the award. An applicant’s position should be securely funded over the full course of the project.

Successful awards will generally be made using Oxford funding processes, but some flexibility in meeting expenditure claims in Berlin or for Berlin partners may be possible through the University’s German subsidiary company, Oxford in Berlin.


Projects and proposals are expected to be within the range of £5,000 to £7,500, although some larger applications may be considered. As it will be difficult to extend the funding period into the Oxford 2022/23 financial year, activities funded by the grant should come to an end by 31 July 2022. 

If successful, recipients of seed funding will be required to abide by the policies and practices of their respective institutions regarding the ethical conduct of research and reporting, as well as with regard to any Covid-related restrictions that may obtain during the course of the award.  

A short report on activities funded will be required at the end of the award period.

More details on how to apply are available here.

Submission and reporting
  • application window: 10 November 2021 to 2021 to 10 December 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
  • outcome notification: 17 December 2021
  • funding activity: 1 January 2022 to 31 July 2022
  • a brief final report will be required at the end of the award period, or, if applicable, following a one-off workshop
  • payment of the grant: payment and post-award financial management will be administered through the University of Oxford or Oxford in Berlin gGmbH

The application should be submitted in English as a PDF via email to info@oib.ox.ac.uk. Any questions regarding the application process can be directed to Mr Alasdair MacDonald (alasdair.macdonald@admin.ox.ac.uk) or Dr Emilia Boehm (emilia.boehm@oib.ox.ac.uk).