Intramural Funding

Through financing for highly innovative projects and clinical studies, NeuroCure is able to react quickly and flexibly to new trends in the neurosciences. Allocation of funds is carried out efficiently and transparently based on award procedures developed in accordance with 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.
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Dual-PI Projects:
With the Dual-PI program, the Cluster aims to support collaborations between two NeuroCure research groups. NeuroCure Principal Investigators can apply to initiate collaborative projects that lead to significant preliminary data and thus form the basis for grant applications to national and international funding agencies.
Supported 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

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

Imre Vida and Dietmar Schmitz
Spatial organization of inhibitory microcircuit of the grid cell navigation system in the rat entorhinal cortex

Innovation Projects:
Funding is granted for innovative risk projects in 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.
Female Postdoctoral Research Fellowships:
As part of its equal opportunity strategy, NeuroCure has established Female Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to promote, in particular, advanced female researchers with a strong interest in continuing their career towards an independent faculty position.

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Awarded Fellowships
The following scientists have been awarded a NeuroCure Female Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowship:
Natalia Kononenko
Natalia Kononenko's research focuses on neurotrophin signalling, endocytic trafficking and neurodegeneration. In 2016 Dr. Kononenko moved to the Cluster of Excellence CECAD at the University of Cologne to head a junior research group.
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. In November 2015 Dr. Pannasch was recruited as Scientific Coordinator by the College for Life Sciences Berlin.
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. In August 2017 Anna Carbone moved to Hamburg to work as a scientist at Evotec.
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. In 2017 Dr. Korotkova moved to Cologne to head a research group at the MPI Institute for Biology of Ageing.
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). In 2014 Dr. Witte moved to Leipzig to head a research group at the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.
NeuroCure Visiting Fellowships:
The aim of NeuroCure's Visiting Fellowship program is to integrate renowned foreign scientists into the Berlin research landscape to further strengthen the international profile of the Cluster's partner universities and research facilities, and to foster collaborative projects with NeuroCure Principal Investigators.
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