Networking Funds Tübingen-Nottingham

With this call for application the University of Tübingen and the University of Nottingham wish to strengthen and to develop their collaboration built on already existing ties and joint research activities. Both universities will make funds available for the call.

Applications are welcomed from any academic field, however preference is given to interdisciplinary proposals.

Existing Networking Funds award holders are eligible to apply to this call but must demonstrate clear advancement from the existing award, otherwise preference is given to new/previously unsuccessful applicants.


  • Strengthening of the ties between Tübingen and Nottingham and broadening of the existing partnership
  • Development of joint applications for large external grants  
  • Joint publications in peer reviewed journals
Funding Available

Seed and mobility projects: duration max. 2 years with a budget of up to €50,000/project.

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Call for Applications

Projects with a duration of max. 2 years and a budget of up to €50,000/project

What can be funded

  • Travel, accomodation and subsistence
  • Consumables and facilities costs for a proof-of-principle, or basic research study
  • Facilitation of a workshop with potential academic, or non-academic partners, with the aim of refining the content and objectives of a research proposal, or developing strategies for external impact
  • Catering and room hire
  • Administrative costs of organising meetings or workshops
  • Market research
  • Ad-hoc/short-term assistance from a research assistant (RA)


  • Applicants/PIs must be academic staff at either Nottingham or Tübingen Universities (or equivalent with the duration of stay equal to the applied funding period) at any stage of their careers
  • Existing award holders are eligible but must demonstrate clear advancement from their current award, otherwise preference is given to new/previously unsuccessful applicants
  • Additional partners can be involved; however, a strong argument should be made where the external partners' contribution exceeds 20%
  • Applicants must have expertise in the applied projects
  • Projects incorporating Early Career Researchers (ECRs) or postgarduate students are encouraged

Selection criteria

  • Academic quality of the proposed research including ambition, significance and originality
  • Importance of seed funding for the likely success of any future, external grant application
  • Demonstration of interdisciplinarity
  • Clarity of intentions, including timetable of submission of publications and targeted external funding scheme
  • Value for money of the targeted external funding

Proposals will be jointly evaluated by a panel which includes senior academics from each university.

Deadline and Schedule

Application deadline for the seedcorn (preparatory) projects:
March 19, 2023

Selection committee meeting:
March 2023

Project start:
April 20023