Funding Line A: Bonn Global Collaboration Fund

What is the goal of the funding line?

Funding Line A is intended to initiate and grow international collaborations in research and teaching, primarily collaborations with strategic partner universities and universities in countries of focus for international collaboration. These funds are intended to be used to prepare third-party funding proposals for joint projects.

What can the funding be used for?

Any measures that go toward preparing proposals for specific third-party funding, e.g. workshops, conferences, conducting test series, fact-finding missions, digital measures to support teaching and research, etc. Proposals can also cover multiple measures as long as they are needed for the successful completion of the project and increase the chances of success when applying for third-party funds. Personnel expenses are excluded from this funding.

What is the size of the funding?

A maximum of € 20,000 per proposal can be approved. The funds can cover the following:

  • Expenses for University of Bonn research staff to travel to the partner country (transportation, lodging, and per diem rates in accordance with the Travel Expenses Act of the State of NRW)
  • Travel allowances for project partners (depending on country of origin) who travel to Bonn from abroad as well as allowances of € 160 per day for their stay in Bonn (including day of arrival and departure) 
  • For justified exceptions (e.g. for the initiation of teaching cooperations), funding for travel expenses for Bonn or international students based on their own calculations;
  • Materials needed to conduct research activities, events, and hospitality

When calculating costs, please note the instructions in the financing plan (and use the following Excel table, download here).

What are the selection criteria?

  • Previous contacts or joint projects with the cooperation partners
  • Status of the cooperation project being planned or worked on
  • Medium-term prospects for third-party funding for the joint collaboration project
  • Plausibility of the work plan

Who submits the application?

Researchers of the University of Bonn who have completed a doctorate

What is the application time frame?

Submission deadline: extended until June 15, 2020 (for projects in the period from September 2020 to August 2021)

How is the application submitted?

Electronically via:

Application form Funding Line A: Bonn Global Collaboration Fund

What does the application include?

  • Online form
  • Project description (PDF of max. 8 pages plus brief biographies), consisting of:
  1. An outline of the project for which a third-party funding proposal will need to be prepared
  2. A work plan for the initiation phase being applied for here
  3. A strategy and timetable for the long-term financing of the project
  4. Brief biographies of all persons that funding is being applied for, including their roles in the project initiation phase
  • A financing plan to include the persons involved, lengths of stay, and materials being applied for. (Please use the following Excel table, download here)



International Office
Partnerships and International Researchers
Brigitte Engelmann
Phone: +49 228 73-7293

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