Berlin University Alliance – University of Melbourne Seed Fund

Critical Dates

19 October 2020
2:00pm (Berlin time)

Applications close

End of November 2020

Results released


Within their new partnership, established in October 2018, the University of Melbourne and the members of the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) – Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität, Technische Universität and Charité – are seeking to strengthen their already existing links and stimulate new research collaborations between the five institutions.

Funds can be awarded for, among other things, workshops, short-term research stays, and travel grants. Applications may be submitted by full-time researchers from at least one of the participating Berlin institutions and the University of Melbourne for a joint research project.


  • For the BUA, lead applicants must be full-time faculty members.
  • For Melbourne, lead applicants must hold an appointment at the University of Melbourne at Academic Level A (6) or higher and 0.5 FTE or higher at the time of application and for the duration of the award. Honorary employees whose primary academic affiliation is the University of Melbourne are eligible to lead the application if their primary employer has entered into an agreement with the University for the support of the Australian component of the collaborative activity; or may participate at their own expense if they are otherwise unaffiliated (for example, they hold an emeritus position).


The total pool of funding available under the 2020/21 MEL-BER Call is up to €500,000. Awards will be limited to ~ €50,000 in total (i.e. €25,000 from BUA and up to $40,000 AUD from UoM).

How to apply

  1. Review the funding guidelines

    Funding guidelines and supporting documents are found below and also via the BUA partnership webpage:

  2. Submit the application to the BUA

    A single, jointly prepared application must be submitted in English through the application
    portal ( to the BUA, by 2 pm on 19 October 2020 (Berlin
    local time).

Supporting documents

2020 Call 

2020 Budget Sheet


BUA submission and contact details:
Aleksandra Laski
Strategy Officer, International Department
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
(+49) 030 2093-20084

For Melbourne applicants please direct any additional questions to:
Ms Kim Turner
Researcher Development Schemes
The University of Melbourne