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Oxford and four leading Berlin institutions have agreed a wide-ranging new research partnership
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The Oxford–Berlin Research Partnership

The Oxford–Berlin Research Partnership is a strategic research partnership, formed in 2017, between Oxford and the four universities making up the Berlin University Alliance:   Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

It aims to support high quality joint research initiatives across all disciplines of the member institutions, funded by collaborative applications to the EU framework programmes as well as from other funders and charitable agencies.

Contact alasdair.macdonald@admin.ox.ac.uk for more information, or to discuss how the scheme could support your research interests in Germany.

Highlights of the partnership

  • During 2018/19, the partners jointly funded workshops to bring researchers from the partner institutions together to share ideas and develop joint research proposals. €200,000 of funding was provided by the partnership members, which funded over 30 workshops.
  • Two jointly funded seed funding calls were made in 2018/19, for projects with the potential to subsequently find more substantial further funding from other parties. The first call funded 29 awards from 66 applications, for a total of €450,000; the second funded 24 awards from 52 applications, for €475,000.
  • Oxford established a subsidiary company in Berlin, as the kernel for a planned Oxford–Berlin Research Centre to provide a Berlin facility for Oxford academics and graduate students to pursue research abroad.
  • The senate of the city of Berlin plans to establish a similar Berliner Haus in Oxford for academics and graduate students from the Berlin University Alliance members, possibly with support from graduate colleges in Oxford.