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 work programme 2018


MSCA (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions)

MSCA-IF-2017: Individual Fellowships
Opening date: April 11, 2017
Deadline: September 14, 2017

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.


Richtlinie zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlich-Technologischen Zusammenarbeit (WTZ) mit Costa Rica

Mit dem Ziel Kooperationen mit Einrichtungen aus Costa Rica zu initiieren oder auszubauen, fördert das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) Mobilitätsmaßnahmen zum wissenschaftlichen Austausch, zur Vernetzung und zur Vorbereitung von Folgeaktivitäten. Gefördert werden beispielsweise gemeinsame Seminare, Workshops, Symposien und andere Veranstaltungen von beiderseitigem Interesse u.a. in den thematischen Schwerpunktbereichen Lebenswissenschaften (einschließlich Infektionskrankheiten des Menschen), Bioökonomie und Biotechnologie, Biodiversität und Umweltforschung.
Das Verfahren ist zweistufig, Projektskizzen können bis zum 15. September 2017 eingereicht werden.

Förderung von internationalen Verbundvorhaben zwischen Mitgliedstaaten der EU und assoziierten Ländern des 7. Forschungsrahmenprogramms und Russland im Rahmen der europäisch-russischen Initiative (ERA-NET) ERA.Net RUS Plus

Gefördert werden multilaterale Verbundvorhaben im Bereich der wissenschaftlichen Forschung mit dem Ziel der Etablierung einer langfristigen Zusammenarbeit der jeweiligen beteiligten Projektpartner.
Thematische Schwerpunkte der Förderung sind u.a.:
1.1 Advanced nano-sensors for environment and health
3.1 Molecular mechanisms of brain function and pathology
3.2 Regenerative medicine and biomaterials
3.3 Drug discovery for cancer, cardiovascular and infectious disease
Projektskizzen sind – in englischer Sprache – bis spätestens 19. September 2017 einzureichen.

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

HFSP postdoctoral fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowships for early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country.
The site for the 2018 fellowship applications is open.
The next fellowship initiation deadline is 10 August 2017.
The next fellowship submission deadline is 24 August 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


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.

Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities – donated by the Monika Kutzner Foundation for the advancement of cancer research

The award includes prize money of 10,000 Euros and is awarded annually for outstanding scientific achievements in the area of cancer research. The prizewinners should be able to be regarded as young, relative to their achievements.
Deadline for nomination 2018:  September 30, 2017

Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie im Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FMP)
Campus Berlin-Buch
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