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FRESCO Integrative Biological Signalling Programme 2018/19

Call for Applications for three Collaborative Research Groups in

Integrative Biological Signalling Studies

for the Academic Year 2018/19


Application closed June 3, 2018


Biological signalling processes are propagated and integrated across broad scales of time and space to orchestrate the development and function of cells and tissues in living organisms. To address fundamental questions in signalling research and to develop a comprehensive understanding of signalling processes across biological scales, a unifying approach is needed – one that integrates knowledge of the dynamic composition of signalling complexes, of cellular signalling pathways, and of supracellular communication. Collaborative research efforts that connect experts in diverse disciplines and technologies have a high potential to provide novel insights into biological signalling.

FRESCO is the Freiburg Research Collaboration Programme via which the University of Freiburg intends to establish lasting links between excellent national and international researchers from the European Campus and beyond with top research teams, notably the Excellence Clusters. FRESCO is managed by the university’s international research college FRIAS, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies.

In the academic year 2018/19, the FRESCO Programme will support up to three collaborative research groups in the field of integrative biological signalling research. The funding programme is intended to further strengthen integrative biological signalling research in the Upper Rhine area, and to expand the University of Freiburg’s international profile in this research area.

The programme is designed to promote the establishment of new collaborations or the strengthening of existing collaborations by supporting the exchange of expertise and technologies between excellent researchers in the trinational Upper Rhine area. At least one of the two to three participants in the collaboration must be a full-time professor or group leader at the University of Freiburg.

The funding of up to 50,000 EUR may be used to support collaborative research activities, including the financing of personnel, consumables, travel expenses, symposia and the invitation of guest speakers. Funding is initially limited to 12 months, but may be extended upon request.



The joint project groups are expected to enter into deepened collaboration through research stays, joint conferences and seminars.

Applicants should outline in which way their research project can contribute to the strengthening of integrative biological signalling research in the Upper Rhine area. The proposed project should enhance the international visibility of the University of Freiburg. Specific goals may include the development of new thematic or technological expertise in Freiburg, or the submission of joint publications or applications for third-party funding. These collaborations may lead to the establishment of institutional cooperations or the recruitment of researchers to Freiburg.

Note: FRIAS fellowships are not part of the funding offer. However, FRESCO projects may lead to the application for a FRIAS fellowship, thus offering the opportunity for a long-term research stay in Freiburg.



  • The call is directed at teams between 2 to 3 researchers, preferably in the trinational Upper Rhine area. One researcher must be a full-time professor or group leader at the University of Freiburg. Team members need to hold a position at their respective university for the duration of the project.
  • Proposed projects must address fundamental questions in integrative biological signalling research.
  • Applicant teams must submit the complete application dossier by the specified deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Page limits may not be exceeded.


Selection Criteria

  • Academic qualification of the applicants
  • Academic quality and originality of the project (in terms of quality, topic, perspective and methodology, originality, significance and feasibility)
  • Potential of the project to strengthen networking and exchange of knowledge and technologies in the trinational Upper Rhine area and to promote the international visibility of signalling research at the University of Freiburg



The deadline for applications was June 3, 2018.

Please send your application as a single PDF file to

For further information about the application requirements and selection procedure, please visit