Call for proposalsThematic Research Network


The Research Council of the Molecular Foundations of Life, Health, and Disease, Field of Focus 1 (FoF1) / Heidelberg Molecular Life Sciences, plans to fund thematic research networks (TRNs) to foster inter- and transdisciplinary communication. The primary goal is to harness the broad synergy potential on the Heidelberg Campus, to allow the identification of new interdisciplinary research schemes and to enable collaborations with Field of Focus 2. In addition, Research Networks are expected to be drivers in the initiation of new Priority Programs (SPP), Collaborative Research Centers (CRCs), and Excellence Clusters (EXC) and to support young scientists and research training groups such as graduate schools. The Research Council will support these Research Networks by providing funds for networking activities such as annual meetings, guest speakers, workshops and the employment of administrative staff.

Amount Of Funding

Up to 75.000 EUR per year for the duration of three years. Thematic Research Networks can be renewed, but only in competition with new proposals.


Proposals are limited to 5 pages and may be submitted by members of the FoF1. The TRN should consist of at least 15 groups from multiple participating institutions, but can also be significantly larger. Applicants and their affiliations need to be listed in the proposal, additional TRN members may be affiliated during the funding period. The proposal should highlight interdisciplinary aspects of the network, the synergy aimed at, the use of - or further development of - FoF1 structures, and the potential of developing sustainable, new collaborative research lines. 

The budget of the TRN has to be administered by a University member. 

The proposal should focus on the following aspects:

  • Short Summary
  • Status Quo and Aim of TRN
  • Interdisciplinary aspects and transfer potential of TRN into long-term structure
  • The added value for the entire FoF1 research community
  • Budget plan
  • Information on applicants (including name, affiliation, list of currently funded projects including those highlighted that have a direct link to the TRN)

Review And Quality Control

The Research Council will select proposals and suggest them for funding to the Rectorate. The Research Council can involve additional experts for advice. TRN activities need to advertised on campus and be open to members of the Research Council. Regular reporting on TRN activities to the Research Council will be expected.


Deadline for proposal submission is March 15 2021. Proposals should be sent in a single pdf and with the subject line “FoF1-TRN-2021” to:


Proposals submitted after the deadline cannot be taken into account. Please address your proposal to the Research Council Field of Focus 1. Please contact Dr. Andrea Leibfried via email in case of questions: