Seed Funding Grants: Oxford and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK)

Oxford UdK Berlin Partnership

Joint project funding between Oxford and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK)

Following a series of online and digital interactions during 2020, Oxford in Berlin and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) are taking forward a small-scale seed-funding initiative to build collaborations between researchers in Oxford Humanities and UdK.


The intention is to strengthen the current links between the two institutions, in both academic research and artistic fields. Initial collaboration start-up grants totalling up to 3,000 euros or larger grants up to 7,000 euros to build on existing collaborations are available, to be held between 1 September 2021 and 30 June 2022. A cost-neutral extension may be possible should there be mitigating circumstances, such as the continuation of the current pandemic.


To be eligible for funding under this scheme, applications must be submitted jointly by at least one principal investigator from the University of Oxford and one from UdK. Oxford PIs should be a salaried faculty member or equivalent at post-doctoral level. Colleagues from third institutions are welcome to participate in the projects but will have to bear their own costs. We are seeking to encourage project ideas that play to the strengths of the two institutions and have the potential to be the subject of credible applications to other funders at a later stage.


This is the first of three annual seed-funding calls that are projected to take place. Each round has an anticipated distribution, across both institutions and all funded projects, of 40,000 euros. The application form and further details are available from the UdK website, at, from 1 April 2021. Applications will be accepted until 30 June 2021.


For further information or advice please contact either Alasdair MacDonald ( or Emilia Böhm (