Your topic for Berlin's top-level research - get involved today!

For all researchers with an interest in participatory processes and transdisciplinary research, there is a new opportunity to help shape research funding. 

As part of the "Next Grand Challenge" initiative, the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) is looking for a topic for new research projects. The BUA is the alliance of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Together they have set themselves the goal of finding answers to the major societal challenges - the Grand Challenges - of the 21st century.

With the Next Grand Challenge, a new approach is being tried out to search for the topic of a new research project in a participatory process with society. Researchers from BUA's partners will research and develop inter- and transdisciplinary solutions for this project. 

Researchers and students of the BUA partners can submit topic proposals and young people (14-18 years old) can register to participate in the topic identification process via the website


Dr. Jeanette Schlief
Objective – Focusing on Grand Challenges
Berlin University Alliance
Email: jeanette.schlief(at)