Research Infrastructures in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Open access, research data management, and other research infrastructures receive start-up funding

Collections, libraries and archives, information and communication platforms, as well as systems for open access and research data management are among the most important research infrastructures in the humanities and social sciences. How can we share already existing platforms and systems? How can we share existing knowledge on open access and open science in a meaningful way and make it accessible to all researchers?

Sharing research infrastructures and using them more efficiently is one of the goals of the Berlin University Alliance (BUA). The BUA objective Sharing Resources is calling for proposals for start-up funding for projects that support the expansion of existing and/or the establishment of new research infrastructures in the humanities and social sciences and that increase the potential for joint cross-institutional research. The projects can receive funding of a maximum of 50,000 euros. The deadline for the call for proposals is January 31, 2022.

Projects may include, for example, digitizing or indexing texts and collections, or using devices and technologies in an interdisciplinary way, such as imaging techniques, VR/AR technologies, simulation platforms, or artificial intelligence applications. The projects should be innovative, intensify cooperation between the partner institutions, and/or serve to prepare a specific grant for third-party funding.

Postdocs from partner institutions of the Berlin University Alliance - Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin - are eligible to apply. The funding is intended as a stimulus for the acquisition of third-party funding. See further details on the call for proposals website.

The Berlin University Alliance

The Berlin University Alliance is a consortium consisting of the three major Berlin universities - Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin - and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, established to shape research and education in Berlin. The four partners joined forces to further develop Berlin as a research hub with international drawing power. Together the partners explore major societal challenges, increase public outreach, promote the training of junior researchers, address issues of quality and standards in research, and share resources in the areas of research infrastructure, teaching, diversity, equal opportunities, and internationalization. The Berlin University Alliance is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the State of Berlin under the Excellence Strategy of the German federal government and the German states.

Joint press release issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin


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