Visiting Fellows

Preamble

Stiftung Charité offers a wide range of funding programs to attract exciting personalities and renowned scientists for the life sciences in Berlin – both permanent recruitments and the temporary integration of visiting scientists. The Visiting Fellows are established or leading scientists from abroad or from other locations in Germany who, with their experience and expertise as well as their scientific ideas, can provide important impulses for the life sciences in Berlin, and who are recruited for guest stays at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Charité) and its partner institutions. In this way, Stiftung Charité would like to contribute to the strengthening and international and national networking of the Berlin life sciences field. Additionally, with regard to the Visiting Fellows, Stiftung Charité would like to specifically foster diversity at the location, in particular with regard to gender, origin and age. Herewith, Stiftung Charité both continues and refines the previous programs of the Private Excellence Initiative Johanna Quandt aimed at supporting visiting scientists.

Funding objectives

Visiting Fellows are established or leading scientists[1] at universities, research institutes, and research-based companies who come to Berlin for longer stays at Charité or one of its partner institutions in order to develop a larger, joint research project with their hosts on site and, possibly, to set up their own working group. The work stays can also serve to mentor an individual junior researcher at the host institution. The funding is also explicitly intended to provide seed financing for promising new research foci and thus to strategically prepare strong scientific collaborative projects and alliances capable of receiving third-party funding. In addition, with regard to the Visiting Fellows, the diversity at the location, in particular with regard to gender, origin, internationality and age, is to be strengthened.

The program includes three different funding options depending on the objective and maturity of the project as well as the involvement of the Visiting Fellow(s):

  • Track A: Funding of the Visiting Fellow to develop a project idea and design
  • Track B: Funding of the Visiting Fellow and seed funding for a working group to design and implement a pilot phase of the project
  • Track C: Funding of the Visiting Fellow and funding for a working group to conduct the project

[1] based on “R3” and “R4” career levels according to the European Commission’s definition. Cf. European Commission: Towards a European Framework for Research Careers. Brussels 2011. Hyperlink

Funding volume

Depending on the track, Stiftung Charité provides funding for Visiting Fellows to the following extent:

Track A

Track B

Track C

Funding volume

Funding of the Visiting Fellow to develop a project idea and design

Funding of the Visiting Fellow and seed funding for a working group to design and implement a pilot phase of the project

Funding of the Visiting Fellow and funding for a working group to conduct the project

Funding duration

Fellow

Working group

Fellow

Working group

Fellow

Working group

1 to max. 3 years

. /.

1 to max. 3 years

1 to max. 2 years

2 to max. 3 years

2 to max. 3 years

Funding amount

Fellow

Working group

Fellow

Working group

Fellow

Working group

Max. 50,000.00 euros p.a.

. /.

Max. 50,000.00 euros p.a.

Max. 100,000.00 euros p.a.

Max. 50,000.00 euros p.a.

Max. 150,000.00 euros p.a.

Max. 50,000.00 euros p.a.

(Max. 150,000.00 euros
in total)

Max. 150,000.00 euros p.a.

(Max. 350,000.00 euros
in total)

Max. 200,000.00 euros p.a.

(Max. 600,000.00 euros
in total)

Applications are submitted for one specific track and will be reviewed respectively. Higher requirements are placed on an application in Track B than in Track A. An application in Track C is again subject to higher requirements than in Track B. During the review, funding in another track may be recommended and decided. In any case, it is expected that the Visiting Fellow and the host will continue the project and, if applicable, the working group at an early stage by way of other funding and develop it into a strongly third-party funded collaborative project.

The Visiting Fellows may use the designation “Visiting Fellow, funded by Stiftung Charité“ for the duration of their funding.

Provided that the respective requirements are met, the Visiting Fellows are also to be integrated into the Charité or its partner institution as Gastprofessorinnen and Gastprofessoren in accordance with the state higher education regulations.

Application of funds

Funding may consist of

a) an appropriate expense allowance/remuneration for the Visiting Fellow according to the rules of the host institution and based on the qualification and position of the Fellow in the home country of up to 50,000.00 euros per year; as well as only in Track B and C

b) personnel funds for the members of the working group to be established (including a postdoctoral researcher to lead the working group on site), and

c) material funds for the research project of the working group (in Track B a total of up to 100,000.00 euros per year to finance the working group; in Track C a total of up to 150,000.00 euros per year to finance the working group).

In cases to be justified in the application, the funds for the remuneration of the Visiting Fellow (see 4a) may also be used for material resources or for personnel resources for the employment of staff, provided that the Visiting Fellow's work stays can be ensured otherwise. Reallocation of funds after the start of funding is also possible with appropriate justification.

The Charité or its partner institution guarantees to provide suitable workplaces, including the necessary infrastructure, for the Visiting Fellow and, if applicable, all members of the working group.

There are no contractual relationships between Stiftung Charité and the Visiting Fellow. All necessary arrangements are to be made directly between the host and the Visiting Fellow.

Funding from Stiftung Charité is provided as a lump sum to the Charité or its partner institution. The host at Charité or its partner institution will arrange the exact procedure for remuneration with the Visiting Fellow and his/her home institution. It is conceivable that the home institution will continue to pay the existing remuneration to the Visiting Fellow and the host will pay a reimbursement to the home institution, or that the Visiting Fellow will take a leave of absence from the home institution and the host will pay the Visiting Fellow’s remuneration (e.g. honorarium or stipend) to him or her directly. The use of material and travel funds is based on the rules of the host institution. No contractual relationship is established between Stiftung Charité and the Visiting Fellow.

Eligibility requirements

Scientists who are either members of the Executive Board of Charité or one of its partner institutions or who head a center, an institute, a clinic or a research group there are eligible to apply. Other persons at Charité or its partner institutions may act as co-applicants.

Applications are submitted by the host for the nominated Visiting Fellow and are prepared jointly with him or her.

The nominated Visiting Fellow must be an established or leading scientist in the respective life sciences field. He or she should be able to demonstrate appropriate scientific experience and success, whereby, in addition to the usual achievements in research and teaching, explicit achievements in knowledge and technology transfer or achievements in the provision of scientific infrastructures will be given equal consideration. The nominated Visiting Fellow may work in Germany or abroad at a university, a research institute or a research-based company. The nomination of Visiting Fellows who are active in private-sector research and development is expressly encouraged.

Proposal and assessment criteria

The proposal consists of

a) information on the nominated Visiting Fellow and his or her scientific qualifications and achievements (incl. CV and list of the five most relevant publications for the project; no complete publication list may be submitted); it must be demonstrated that the nominated Visiting Fellow has the scientific qualifications required for an established or leading scientist. Equal consideration will be given to achievements in research, teaching, knowledge and technology transfer, and infrastructure services,

b) a description of the significance and added value of the Visiting Fellow to the host institution, its national and international collaborative network and strategic focus, and its medium- and long-term collaboration including

  1. information on frequency and duration of planned Berlin visits,
  2. outlining of planned measures to integrate the Visiting Fellow into the Berlin life sciences ecosystem,
  3. description of the research project planned jointly between the Visiting Fellow and the host,
  4. topic and size of the planned research group in Berlin (only for Track B and C),
  5. description of the degree of maturity of existing or to be developed research collaborations with the nominated Visiting Fellow; however, especially in Track A, the project can also be used explicitly to establish new collaborative relationships for the Charité and its partner institutions,
  6. description of the scientific and strategic goals associated with the project as well as a description of the plans for continuation, in particular future acquisition of third-party funding, and

c) in case of co-applicants or naming of further cooperation partners in the application, declarations of intent by these regarding the planned cooperation.The Visiting Fellow is expected to come to Berlin at least three times a year for multi-week stays or at least one time per year for a multi-month stay. In addition to the work stays, plans for remote collaboration can also be outlined.

In all three tracks, it is expected that at the end of the funding by Stiftung Charité, an application will be submitted for the acquisition of competitively awarded third-party funds from large funding organizations, such as the German Research Foundation (DFG) or the European Research Council (ERC).
The proposal is drawn up using the proposal form provided by Stiftung Charité.

By submitting an application, the applicant declares that he or she has read Stiftung Charité’s grant conditions (Bewilligungsgrundsätze) as well as the program information of the program to which his or her application refers and accepts them as the legally binding basis for any funding of his or her project. Furthermore, the applicant acknowledges Stiftung Charité's standards for the realization of funded projects and data protection information (Datenschutzhinweise).

 

Selection procedure

Applications are submitted to Stiftung Charité, where they are reviewed for form. Stiftung Charité subsequently conducts a science-guided selection procedure. Formally admissible applications are passed on to a selection panel appointed by Stiftung Charité. The panel makes funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees and can also recommend modifications of the funding track if need be. Stiftung Charité’s Board of Trustees makes the final funding decisions.

Deadlines / dates

January 10, 2023, 11.59 PM

Application deadline

May 2023

Announcement of funding decisions

June 1, 2023

Earliest possible start of funding

Contact

Marie Hoffmann
Project Manager Research Funding

Stiftung Charité
Karlplatz 7
10117 Berlin

Phone:  +49 (0)30 450 570 - 577
E-Mail:   hoffmann(at)stiftung-charite.de  
Website:  www.stiftung-charite.de