April 22, 2021, by Rob Ounsworth
Building research networks in Europe
The University of Nottingham has underlined its commitment to building relationships with the University of Tübingen and other leading German research institutions with the announcement of networking funding.
Funding of €25,000 is available for research projects involving the universities of Nottingham and Tübingen, with proposals that are interdisciplinary and/or focusing on Africa particularly encouraged.
To encourage further networking, funding increases to €35,000 for proposals that also involve the universities of Hohenheim (notable for strengths in agriculture and biosciences) and/or Stuttgart (notable for strengths in engineering).
The scheme’s target areas are:
- Quantum Physics, Gravitation/Gravitational Waves and Mathematics
- Molecular Biology
- Precision Imaging
- Food security and Agriculture
- Plant science and Nutrition
- Humanities and Social Sciences
Project proposals that are interdisciplinary and/or focusing on Africa related research are particularly encouraged.
The application deadline is midday, Tuesday 15 June 2021, with projects expected to begin in October 2021.
Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, said: “We hope this scheme will encourage further links with German universities while underlining our commitment to seek out new opportunities with European research partners.
“Tübingen and Nottingham share strengths in areas such as food security and biomedical imaging, and we believe this seedcorn funding will be invaluable in developing applications for larger-scale external funding.”
Nottingham and Tübingen are already moving towards a strategic relationship. We have multiple established research collaborations, a joint professorship, student mobility pathways and dual masters programmes. Tübingen is a ‘University of Excellence’, with research centres that align to Nottingham’s Precision Imaging and Future Food Beacons of Excellence.
A new theory-experiment collaboration, led by Professor Juan Garrahan of Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded a £1m EPSRC grant. This pairs to a Baden-Wüttemberg Foundation grant awarded in 2020 to Professor Igor Lesanovsky, who holds a joint Tübingen/Nottingham professorship.
The universities are discussing developing their PhD pipeline and supporting Tübingen’s bid to develop a training hub and network across Sub Saharan Africa – a further opportunity to align our strengths.
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