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How to Secure External Funding I. Introduction to the National Research Funding Landscape (FM II-2)

WWB Area | Learning field
Research Management | Preparing projects

Starting point
Today, the acquisition of third pary funding for projects is imporant for a university career. But where do researchers with a completed doctorate find suitable funding for their ideas and projects? The range of funding and financing options is often as diverse as it is confusing. So where to start looking?

Participants gain an overview of opportunities for external funding. They acquire basic knowledge of the many different national funding and financing opportunities and learn how to source suitable funds for their research projects.


  • Introduction to external funding: Grants, contracts, co-financing, alternatives to classic research funding such as sponsoring, endowments, etc.
  • Structures, tasks and support measures of central national research funding organizations
  • Overview of the most important national funding lines and programs. Special consideration is given to the Walter Benjamin Program (German Research Foundation) for postdoctoral researchers in their early career stages. 
  • Databases and other options for searching for funding, in particular current calls for proposals and funding programs Supervision as a tool for safeguarding good scientific practice

Lecture, group discussion, work in small groups.
Max. number of participants: 15. Course language: English.

The course is primarily intended for people with little or no prior knowledge who seek an introduction to external funding. It concentrates on funding opportunities during the early postdoc phase.

Course information

Course numberFM II-2
DateMon, 08.11.2021, 9:00am-1:00pm
Scope4 hours, 5 working units à 45 min
FormatOnline course. Participants receive login data by email prior the course
ToolsVideoconference. Participants who want to prepare prior the course are invited to visit our Praxisblog and our Wiki.
InstructorsBertram Welker
Course languageEnglish
FeesFor employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU Berlin, FU Berlin, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de for information on fees.
RequirementsParticipants should have English language skills at least the B2 level.
Participants please keep a laptop/ PC with video and audio function or a webcam and headset ready.
CompletionAssuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
CertificateApplicable for certificate Research Management.

For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any content questions regarding the course or organization, please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de.


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