Funding for outstanding researchers who would like to establish a junior research group in the field of research quality and open science in Berlin, Germany.
Berlin University Alliance (BUA) is the alliance of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin. Its long-term goal is to transform Berlin into an integrated research space and leading science location in Europe. The consortium is funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF – Federal Ministry for Education and Research).
The alliance has the following five objectives:
- Focusing on Grand Challenges: Developing a Berlin-wide agenda for collaborative research on societal challenges of global significance.
- Fostering Knowledge Exchange: Establishing and fostering a network for multidirectional research and knowledge transfer with Berlin at its centre.
- Advancing Research Quality and Value: Building Berlin expertise to assess and develop general standards for research quality and value.
- Promoting Talent: Building an integrated career and recruitment space for outstanding scientists.
- Sharing Resources: Creating a Berlin-wide network for research services and infrastructures.
In addition, BUA supports the following cross-cutting issues:
- Diversity and Gender Equality: the joint promotion of diversity and gender equality
- Teaching and Learning: research-based teaching and learning processes
- Internationalisation: processes of strategic internationalisation
The present calls aim to contribute to the BUA’s Objective 3: Advancing Research Quality and Value (link) and support the establishment of junior research groups at the institutes of BUA. The length of funding is four years.
Junior Research Group: Research Quality in and across Disciplines
The funding line promotes early career researchers in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and life sciences. Candidates are given the opportunity to develop and implement their own research project on a topic in the field of research quality or related subjects.
Digital Methods and Research Quality
This line promotes junior research group in creating a theoretical and empirical basis for the relationship between digitisation and research quality. Projects are to explain how and why digital methods, tools and infrastructures positively or negatively influence the quality of research processes and results. The aim of the programme is to ensure sustainable research quality on the basis of processes of (digitised) assurance of quality and standards for research on digitisation in research. Projects should integrate meta-studies and approaches from computer science to contribute to the deeper understanding of digital application methods, infrastructures, and tools.
A special focus of both funding lines is on the structures and processes of BUA member institutions. Junior research group are to develop adequate and complementary measures to sustainably ensure and improve the research quality within and beyond the BUA institutions. Projects closely work with the BUA’s Center for Open and Responsible Research (CORe), which develops guidelines for the establishment of value-based research governance. This is complemented by research activities within the Research and Reflection on Research Quality (R3Q) thematic area. Here, scientific working groups will address issues of research quality and value and test the implementation of new measures, thus creating a platform for scientists across disciplines. The Berlin Open Science Initiative OpenX will provide incentives for openness and transparency in research and thus lead to changes in science and scientific practice with regard to its realisation, communication, accessibility, dissemination and evaluation.
Besides the head of the research group, groups also include academic (up to 1.5 FTE) and administrative (and up to 0.5 FTE) staff. The management of a junior research group should contribute to the further development of scientific profile, acquire leadership competences, and obtain the ability to work in science or qualify for prominent positions in science, science administration or other fields of practice.