Intramural Funding

Through, for example, start-up financing for highly innovative projects and clinical studies, NeuroCure can react flexibly and quickly to new trends in the neurosciences. The granting of funds is carried out efficiently and transparently based on award procedures that have been worked out according to high quality standards.

The following funding programs are available to NeuroCure members:

Flexible Funds:
Funding is available for selected clinical projects of NeuroCure Principal Investigators. Start-up funding is granted for two years and directed primarily towards “proof-of-concept studies”, which subject findings from basic science to clinical testing for the first time. Applications are evaluated in a competitive two-level internal evaluation procedure.
For more information on funded projects, see:

Innovation Projects:
Funding is granted to innovative risk projects that may take the form of new project ideas or follow-up projects connected to existing, already funded measures. Funding may be applied to personnel and material costs as well as investments.

NeuroCure Female Postdoctoral Research Fellowships:
As part of its effort to support female scientists in their career, NeuroCure has established Female Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to promote, in particular, female postdoctoral researchers with a strong interest in continuing their career towards an independent faculty position.
Awarded Fellowships

The following scientists have been awarded a two-year NeuroCure Female Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowship:

Natalia Kononenko
Natalia Kononenko's research focuses on neurotrophin signalling, endocytic trafficking and neurodegeneration.
Nevena Milenkovic Zujko
Nevena Milenkovic Zujko's research investigates the neural basis of thermal processing and perception in a transgenic mammalian model system, the mouse forepaw.
Ulrike Pannasch
Ulrike Pannasch's research focuses on the interplay between astrocytes and neurons during synaptic transmission and plasticity.
Miranka Wirth
Miranka Wirth's research investigates neurophysiological mechanisms and determinants of brain and cognitive health.
Anna Carbone
Anna Carbone's research seeks to elucidate the biophysical mechanisms governing the activity and interaction of AMPAR-TARP complexes, and to investigate the role of AMPARs and TARPs in synaptic plasticity and disease.
Tamar Dugladze
Tamar Dugladze's research focuses on the mechanisms of signal flow in the nervous system, and the relevance of these mechanisms in the genesis of seizures and epilepsy.
Tatiana Korotkova
Tatiana Korotkova's project focuses on the interactions between subgroups of hypothalamic neurons as well as the regulation of hypothalamic circuits by cortical afferents.
Veronica Witte
Veronica Witte's project investigates whether caloric restriction or other dietary modifications can improve cognitive functions and surrogate markers of beginning cognitive decline in healthy elderly subjects, and in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
Dual-PI Projects:
The Cluster aims to support collaborations between two NeuroCure research groups and offers funding for initiating collaborative research projects that will lead to significant preliminary data and ultimately enable grant applications to national and international funding agencies.
Dual-PI Projects
Britta Eickholt and Christian Rosenmund
Analyses of PI3K/mT or signaling as common defect underlying neurodevelopmental disorders
Matthias Endres and Helmut Kettenmann
Functional muscarinic acetycholine receptors control microglia/brain macrophage properties after stroke
James Poulet and Andrew Plested
Optical silencing and recording of neurotransmission in the mammalian brain
Josef Priller and Erich Wanker
Reinforcement learning in frontotemporal dementia and in Drosophila models of TDP-43 proteinopathy
Imre Vida and Dietmar Schmitz
Spatial organization of inhibitory microcircuit of the grid cell navigation system in the rat entorhinal cortex
Markus Schülke-Gerstenfeld and Stephan Sigrist
Discovery of novel disease genes involved in the development of the peripheral nervous system and their functional evaluation in the Drosophila model
NeuroCure Visiting Fellows and Scientists:
The aim of NeuroCure's Visiting Fellows and Scientists funding program is to integrate renowned foreign scientists into the Berlin research landscape to further strengthen the international profile of the universities and research facilities, and to foster collaborative projects with NeuroCure Principal Investigators.