The Oxford/Berlin Research Partnership

The Oxford/Berlin Research Partnership

In December 2017, the University of Oxford, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and the university hospital, the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding underpinning the establishment of a broad, academic collaboration.
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Seed Funding in 2018

In the first call for proposals in 2018, all five institutions have now approved 29 research projects in the humanities, social sciences, medicine, and the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Berlin partners and the University of Oxford are funding the projects with 450,000 euros.

The prerequisite for submitting a research proposal was that at least one of the four Berlin institutions and the University of Oxford needed to be involved. The projects are intended to support further efforts to raise third-party funding from the European Union and from donors in Germany and Great Britain. Funding is available for, among other things, workshops, short-term research stays, and travel grants.

In a multi-stage process, 29 approved projects were selected by committees of experts. During the review process, emphasis was placed on the proposed research project’s quality and innovative content, the level of cooperation, and the probability of future funding


„Endothelial cell-specific roles of Jcad in anglogenesis“

Applicants: Prof. Keith Channon (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Holger Gerhardt (Charité)

„Quantification of circadian rhythms in the Visually Impaired“

Applicants: Prof. Russell Foster (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Achim Kramer (Charité)

„Oxford Berlin Training Alliance for Quantitative Neurobiology“

Applicants: Prof. Andrew King (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Susanne Schreiber (Humboldt-Universität)

„Oxford-Berlin Health Data Science Collaboration“

Applicants: Prof. Jens Rittscher (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Tim Conrad (Freie Universität)

„New models for investigating the evolutionary timescales and origins of human viruses“

Applicants: Prof. Peter Simmonds (University of Oxford), Dr. Terence Jones Kelly (Charité)

„Deep learning of personality: big data neuroimaging for mapping personality to identify the brain's intrinsic architecture underlying psychiatric disorders“

Applicants: Prof. Stephen Smith (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Henrik Walter (Charité)

„Oxford-Berlin Network for Quantitative Regenerative Medicine (QRM)“

Applicants: Prof. Sarah Waters (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Duda (Charité) sowie weitere Partnerinnen und Partner der Charité, Freien Universität und Zuse-Institut Berlin (ZIB)

„Berlin-Oxford summer school on Open and Reproducible Research“

Applicants: Ass. Prof. Laura Fortunato (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Dirnagl (Charité)

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