Dr. Franziska Ringleb

EU Liaison Officer



Calls for proposals


Priority Programme “Chemical Biology of Native Nucleic Acid Modifications” (SPP 1784)

Projects to be funded within the frame of the Priority Programme need to address scientific questions at the atomic resolution level, using approaches of chemical biology, biochemistry or structural biology in the following areas:
-       new concepts for detection of known modifications, or detection of new modifications
-       localisation of modifications in the genome, transcriptome, or inside the cell
-       target recognition and catalytic turnover of nucleic acids by modification enzymes, and recognition of modified nucleic acids by specific proteins
-       biological function and effect of modifications by specific recognition, changes in coding, or nucleic acid structure
Applications are invited either from single principle investigators, or as tandem grants by two groups, who join forces to tackle a biological problem by strongly interdisciplinary approaches.
Registration deadline: November 15, 2017
Submission deadline: November 29, 2017

Priority Programme “Much more than Defence: the Multiple Functions and Facets of CRISPR-Cas“ (SPP 2141)

The Priority Programme exclusively focusses on the functions of CRISPR-Cas systems in prokaryotes and excludes projects concerned with the application of the technology and with viral defence. To promote cooperation and synergies in the Priority Programme projects have to meet one of the following criteria:
-       The CRISPR-Cas systems have to be studied in a bacterial or archaeal organism.
-       The underlying molecular mechanisms are investigated.
-       Bioinformatics analyses are performed to classify CRISPR-Cas systems and to help elucidate the role and functions of the CRISPR-Cas systems.
-       Only new functions of the CRISPR-Cas systems that are beyond the viral defence activity are studied.
-       The cross-talk between CRISPR-Cas systems and cellular pathways is elucidated.
-       Projects covering “public understanding of science” or ethical aspects are also considered. Applicants should have experience with the CRISPR-Cas system and projects have to deal with the CRISPR-Cas system.
Deadline: December 15, 2017

Großgeräteinitiative: Aufruf zur Konzepteinreichung

Der Hauptausschuss der DFG hat das Förderangebot für gerätebezogene Forschungsinfrastruktur (FIS) neu strukturiert und weiterentwickelt. Diese erfolgreichen Förderlinien werden nun verstetigt und zu einem festen Förderangebot der DFG. Konzepte, die bis zum 15. September 2017 eingereicht werden, können noch in diesem Jahr bewertet werden. Bewertungen von Konzepten werden auch in den kommenden Jahren regelmäßig durchgeführt.

Horizon 2020

The EU Office of the Forschungsverbund Berlin provides further information on european funding opportunities here.

Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project (HBP) develops platforms with tools and services for modeling, simulation and data analysis in the field of neurosciences. It calls on potential new partners to submit applications. The requested projects will contribute to the development of the platforms and increase the scope of their application in the field of neurosciences and clinical research. Successful applicants become full-fledged partners in the HBP consortium.
Open Call Topic:
Modelling Allosteric Drugs (EUR 225,000.00; one proposal will be selected).
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Upcoming Calls:
CEoI on comparative single cell analyses of principal neurons and interneurons in mice and humans (EUR 271,212.23 plus EUR 30,134.70 for platform vouchers; one proposal will be selected).
Deadline: September 30, 2017

ERC Grants – Work Programme 2018

Starting Grants
Call opens: August 3, 2017
Deadline: October 17, 2017      
Consolidator Grants
Call opens: October 24, 2017
Deadline: February 2, 2018
Advanced Grants
Call opens: May 17, 2018
Deadline: August 30, 2018
Synergy Grants (2 - 4 high level researchers who gather their skills and resources in a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary project.)
Call opens: August 3, 2017
Deadline: November 14, 2017
Proof of Concept Grants (pre-commercial exploitation of results from a project, wich has been funded by a starting- , consolidator-, advanded- or synergy grant)
Call opens: September 6, 2017
cut-off dates for PoC: January 1, 2018; April 18, 2018, November 11, 2018

Further information on the ERC work programme 2018


MSCA (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions)

Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes
Expected Opening: Apr 5, 2017
Expected Deadline: Sept 28, 2017

"Expression of Interest" for hosting Marie S.-Curie Fellows
Please forward the "Expression of Interest" to host MSCA fellows as a PDF-file to the following e-mail address: msca-host-offer(at) The institution’s "Expression of Interest" will be published on the KoWi website and spread among KoWi’s European contacts. This will make it easier for excellent post-doctoral researchers in Europe and beyond to identify potential host institutions in Germany for their Marie Skłodowska-Curie projects.


 Funding of Open Access publications from completed BMBF-funded projects (post-grant fund)

The purpose of this guideline is to fund expenditure on fees for Open Access publications from completed BMBF-funded projects. A project is completed within the meaning of this guideline when its approval period has ended.

Applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis – currently until November 30, 2021.


 Promotion of networking and exploratory trips of German universities and research institutions (travelling conferences) to establish cooperations with partners in the South Caucasus, Central Asia and Mongolia

Funding will focus on the design and implementation of so-called "Travelling Conferences" in the target countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The "Travelling Conference" shall be a series of events in the partner countries on a research topic. In order to achieve a widespread impact, the Travelling Conferences should take place in at least two of the countries listed above. The events are to form platforms to
- present the performance and cooperation potential of the German knowledge community,
- discuss topics of mutual interest,
- build up existing and new partnerships
- enable young scientists and scholars to exchange information with experts.
The application procedure is a two-stage process.
Deadline for stage 1: December 15, 2017

Anschubfinanzierung für H2020-Projekte

Nach der bereits seit Längerem geöffneten Ausschreibung für Mittelost- und Südosteuropa hat das BMBF nun eine weitere Ausschreibung für Nord- und Südamerika veröffentlicht. Beide Förderprogramme dienen der Vorbereitung von Horizont 2020-Anträgen mit Partnern aus den jeweiligen Regionen.
In beiden Fällen ist das Antragsverfahren zweistufig. Anträge können fortlaufend bis Ende Dezember 2017 gestellt werden.



Doctoral Fellowships for candidates who have been particularly qualified and who are not more than 26 years of age are preferred. The scholarship should also be accepted immediately after completion of the state examination or diploma, unless other funding has been passed and the doctorate is to be awarded. Deadline: October 11, 2017

FEBS Long Term Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowships for a maximum of three years. Applicants must be members of a FEBS constitutent society to be working in a laboratory in a FEBS country and to be seeking to work in a laboratory in a different FEBS country.
Deadline: October 1, 2017

 Daimler Benz Foundation – Fellowship Program for Postdocs

The Foundation awards 10 fellowships each year to selected post-doctoral fellowships, junior professors or leaders of young research groups from all disciplines. The aim is to strengthen the autonomy and creativity of the next generation of scientists and to pave the way for committed researchers to pursue their careers during the productive phase after their doctorate. The annual funding amount is 20,000 Euros per scholarship awarded for a period of two years: to finance research assistants, technical equipment, research trips or for participation in conferences. The Foundation also promotes interdisciplinary exchange of ideas through meetings of the young specialists from this steadily growing scholarship holder network in Ladenburg.

Deadline: October 1, 2017


 UNESCO-L’Oréal- promotional program for women in science

Highly talented and committed female scientists with children are supported. In this life situation, many female researchers interrupt their promising careers, especially in Germany. The funding is intended to help young women researchers make optimum use of their scientific potential and gain more time for their scientific work.

In Germany, three doctoral or postdoctoral students are funded annually for a period of one year from the date of award. The maximum amount of funding is 20,000 Euros per doctoral candidate.

Deadline: November 30, 2017


Volkswagen Stiftung

Freigeist Fellowship
- area of research: all disciplines
- type of funding: own position (head of junior research group)
- up to 1 million Euro
- up to 5 (+3) years
- outstanding junior researchers who wish to carry out research at the boundaries between established fields of research
- prerequisites: PhD degree no longer than four years prior to submission; linked to research institution in Germany; completed change of academic environment and research sojourn abroad
- additional benefits: funding for communication of science and research; special family related benefits; additional funding for refugee scholars and scientists; training programs

Deadline: October 12, 2017

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

Doctoral fellowships for projects in the field of biomedical basic research.
Deadlines (multiple cut-off): February 1, June 1, October 1 each year


The Copernicus Prize is awarded every two years by the DFG and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) to German and Polish researchers from all scientific fields who have made a lasting contribution to the deepening of German-Polish research cooperation in tandem. The prize is endowed with 200,000 euros. The DFG and FNP are now calling on German and Polish researchers to nominate suitable candidates. Self nominations are also possible.
Deadline: October 17, 2017
If you are using the DFG elan portal for the first time, please register before 4 October 2017.

Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, donated by the Monika Kutzner Foundation for the Promotion of Cancer Research
The Sir Hans Krebs Prize 2017 is awarded for an outstanding work in basic medical research published in a scientific journal. Works published or accepted for publication between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 may be submitted.  Applicants should not exceed an age of 45 years.
Deadline: October 17, 2017

Heineken Prizes 2018

These biennial international prizes, worth $ 200,000 each, reward outstanding achievement in the fields of:
-       Biochemistry and Biophysics
-       Cognitive Science
-       Medicine
They are intended explicitly for scientists and scholars who are currently active in their field and whose research still holds considerable promise for future innovative discoveries. Both institutes and individual researchers may nominate suitable candidates for these prizes until 15 October 2017.

Memento Research Prize for neglected diseases
The prize is awarded for research activities representing the most important contribution to research and development in the field of neglected diseases, which have been published in the last 24 months and financed with German public funds. The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros.
Deadline: October 31, 2017

Klee Foundation – Innovation award
In 2018, the Family Klee Foundation awards the Innovation Prize of €10,000 to a person or a working group for a scientific achievement that "by combining medical and technical knowledge in a novel way makes it possible to cure diseases, improve their therapy or mitigate the effects of the disease" (Foundation founder Gerhard Klee) after assessing the applications received for an outstanding scientific work. The work must have been done in Germany.
Deadline: January 15, 2018


Future Medicine Conference

Berlin, November 7, 2017
The Tagesspiegel and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) together with the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine are organizing Future Medicine for the second time, where 80 top international researchers present their extraordinary work every three minutes and provide insights into the future of medicine. The conference language is English.
Main themes:
-    Digital Health and Big Data
-    Precision Medicine and Predictive Models
-    Cell and Gene Therapies
-    Stem Cells and Human Disease Modeling
The Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Science and Research, Michael Müller, as well as Dr. Georg Schütte, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, will also be present.
Register now for free with the voucher code healthcapital. The number of places is limited and will be allocated in the order of registration.

Informationsveranstaltung zu den Fördermöglichkeiten für die Lebenswissenschaften in Horizont 2020; 27.09.2017, Berlin

Expertinnen und Experten aus der Nationalen Kontaktstelle Lebenswissenschaften informieren Sie über die aktuellen Ausschreibungen im Bereich Gesundheit und Bioökonomie, derzeitige Entwicklungen der europäischen Forschungsförderung und andere Fördermöglichkeiten auf EU-Ebene.
Termin: 27.09.2017, 9:15 bis 16:00 Uhr
Veranstaltungsort: Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Campus Mitte, Forschungsgebäude CharitéCrossOver (CCO), Auditorium Virchowweg 6

Horizon 2020 Workshops in Berlin

The Leibniz Association EU Office is organizing two consecutive workshops on Thursday, 19th of October 2017 and Friday, 20th of October 2017: „Horizon 2020: ‚Making Research Data Available’ and ‘How to write a competitive proposal?’“. The event is going to take place in the Berlin headquarters of the Leibniz Association. Both workshops can also be booked independently.
In the first part, taking place on Thursday, 19th October 2017 from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Dr Sebastian Netscher focuses on the question how researchers can efficiently meet requirements in the framework of Horizon 2020 to systematically manage research data. The workshop highlights how research data management contributes to making data shareable and illustrates how projects can develop a strategy to satisfy the respective requirements of the funders. The workshop will be held in German or English, depending on the registered participants.
In the second part, taking place on Friday, 20th October 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., Dr Seán McCarthy, a long-standing expert in the field of preparation and implementation of EU research projects, will give valuable insight into writing a proposal for the Framework Program for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. A fee of 250 € per person is charged for the participation in the workshop with Dr Seán McCarthy. The workshop will be held in English.

Registrations are possible until 4 October 2017 and are binding (number of participants is limited).
Please contact me for details on the agenda and registration (

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