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BIH Johanna Quandt Professorships (Berlin)

BIH JOHANNA QUANDT PROFESSORS
1. Preamble

BIH Johanna Quandt professors hold newly established temporary W2
professorships with a real tenure track that are funded by Stiftung Charit.
With these professorships, the Berlin Institute of Health
(BIH) and the shared research area of Charit -
Universittsmedizin Berlin (Charit) and Max Delbrck Center for Molecular
Medicine (MDC) are to be further developed and expanded. At the same time, the
BIH Johanna Quandt Professorships pursue three structural approaches that also
serve as role models beyond Berlin. Firstly, the professorships are aimed
specifically at women and therefore represent a novel impulse for the
promotion of equal opportunities in the life sciences during the phase of
establishment in the science system, which so far has received little funding.
Secondly, the professorships are provided with a binding option for permanent
tenure as a lifetime professorship (real tenure track). Thirdly, the
professorships are open to all topics, offering the women professors the
opportunity to develop the orientation of their professorships themselves,
also beyond the usual biomedical disciplines, and to have an innovative impact
on the range of subjects covered by BIH.

2. Funding objectives

With the BIH Johanna Quandt Professors program, Stiftung Charit is
establishing new professorships for BIH with funds from its Private Excellence
Initiative Johanna Quandt. BIH Johanna Quandt professorships are aimed in a
special way at women who have acquired their own scientific profile and
initial scientific independence after completing their doctorate, and who also
have international experience1. These women scientists are to be recruited
for BIH and their profiles to be further developed with a view to future
scientific leadership positions. The aim is to make a targeted contribution to
equal opportunities within the life sciences and university medicine in
Berlin.

The BIH Johanna Quandt Professors will be provided with a real tenure track.

In addition, the BIH Johanna Quandt Professorships will not be advertised for
a specific medical or life science discipline. The appointment will be made in
a subject area chosen by the applicant herself from the entire spectrum of the
life and health sciences. An innovative and interdisciplinary orientation of
the professorship with the goal of an improved transition from basic research
via patient-oriented research to care practice and vice versa (translation) is
decisive.

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1 oriented on "R3" career level in accordance with the Euoropean Commissions
definition. Cf. European Commission: Towards a European Framework for Research
Careers. Brssel 2011.
Hyperlink

3. Funding volume

The support of Stiftung Charit serves to establish BIH Johanna Quandt
Professorships. These are new professorships with the grade W2. The
appointment to the professorship is based on a joint appointment of BIH and
Charit (presumably as a special professorship with reimbursement from BIH for
the research work associated with the professorship)2. The appointment will be
made for a once-off limited period of five years with the option of a
subsequent permanent appointment as a lifetime professorship at grade W2 or W3
(real tenure track). The total duration of the fixed term of five years will
be determined with the first appointment on a temporary basis; a later
extension of the fixed term and an associated delay in the appointment as a
lifetime professorship will be ruled out.

Funding ranging between1,500,000.00 and 3,150,000.00 euros (equivalent to
300,000.00 to 530,000.00 euros per year plus up to a total of 500,000.00 euros
in investment funds) can be provided to each BIH Johanna Quandt Professor
including all costs over a period of five years. The amount applied for must
correspond to the concept for the respective BIH Johanna Quandt professorship.
The applicants therefore enclose a binding budget plan with their concept.
Higher sums within the range of 1,500,000.00 to 3,150,000.00 euros are
intended for professorships whose equipment requirements are higher, in
particular in the case of a strongly clinical and/or strongly experimental
orientation.

Stiftung Charit supports each BIH Johanna Quandt Professor with an amount of
750,000.00 to 1,000,000.00 euros for a limited period of up to five years. The
grant can be used to cover salaries in grade W2 including all additional costs
such as performance bonuses, pension provisions and allowances as well as to
provide basic equipment for scientific personnel and material costs. Cost
increases over the years cannot be claimed retrospectively from Stiftung
Charit, but must be fully taken into account in advance. Stiftung Charit
does not pay any administrative costs.

BIH contributes additional funds to finance additional personnel and material
costs as well as the provision of workplaces and infrastructure for each BIH
Johanna Quandt Professor in the total amount of 750,000.00 to 2,650,000.00
euros over a period of five years as well as necessary investment funds of up
to 500,000 euros. The funding by Stiftung Charit requires that BIH commits to
this additional funding and that the appointment costs of a BIH Johanna Quandt
Professor amounting to a total of 1,500,000.00 to 3,150,000.00 euros are
covered for a period of five years.

Funding by Stiftung Charit also requires that the BIH Johanna Quandt
professorship in question be held as a W2 or W3 lifetime professorship at the
end of the five-year period of funding, provided that an evaluation by BIH,
Charit and MDC to be carried out at the latest in the penultimate year of
funding according to the usual standards comes to a positive conclusion. The
BIH Johanna Quandt Professorship can (1.) be continued as a joint
professorship of BIH and Charit (with reimbursement of costs by BIH for
research services), (2.) be transferred to a joint professorship of MDC and
Charit (with reimbursement of costs by MDC for research services, for example
within the framework of the management of a non-university research group) or
(3.) be transferred to Charit's sole budget as a university professorship,
for example within the framework of a regular appointment with appropriate
content or an early appointment. A clear and binding regulation as to which of
these three tenure track models will be chosen and which institution will
consequently budget the tenured professorship after the five-year funding
period has expired, subject to a positive evaluation, is to be made in the
course of the appointment negotiations; a postponement of this regulation
until the evaluation is not possible. The model chosen should be based on the
applicant's profile and the subject area she proposes for the respective
professorship and be set out in a binding career plan for the applicant.

Funding by Stiftung Charit will only be provided if both the financing of the
additional equipment by BIH and a commitment of continuity on the part of
Charit, MDC or BIH has been bindingly promised. The professorship will be
awarded with the interdisciplinary denomination "BIH Johanna Quandt Professor
of ... " and the addition of a title or field proposed by the candidate.

The appointment can, for example, also be made for female clinicians on an
employed basis. Remuneration is then paid in the same way as for the above
salary groups.

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2 Cf. Act on the establishment of the Berlin Institute of Health, April 9,
2015 11

4. Application of funds

For a BIH Johanna Quandt Professorship, remuneration in grade W2, including
all additional costs such as performance bonuses, pension provisions and
allowances as well as funds for scientific personnel and equipment (basic
equipment) totaling 750,000.00 to 1,000,000.00 euros for a period of up to
five years can be applied for. Further funds for scientific personnel and
additional equipment as well as investments for a total period of five years
will be provided by BIH. The required basic and additional equipment must be
specified and justified by the applicant in the application to Stiftung
Charit within the framework of a budget plan.

Funding of a BIH Johanna Quandt Professorship by Stiftung Charit is performed
as payment of a lump sum to BIH or Charit. BIH and Charit have a free choice
of appointment. The funding decision taken by Stiftung Charit is bound to an
individual, i.e. under the condition that the BIH Johanna Quandt Professorship
funded is filled by the selected applicant and within the scope of funding
described. BIH and Charit can waiver a call of their own - which is, for
example, also common practice with the Heisenberg Professorships funded by the
German Research Foundation (DFG) - and directly appoint the applicant in favor
of whom Stiftung Charit has taken a funding decision or request the City
State Government to approve such an appointment provided that this is in
accordance with City State Higher Education Law.3

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3 Cf. Berlin Higher Education Act 94 Section 2

5. Eligibility requirements

BIH Johanna Quandt Professorships can be applied for by women scientists who

have a doctorate,
have worked scientifically for several years after obtaining their
doctorate and, during this time, have achieved their own scientific profile
and initial scientific independence (e.g. by working as a junior professor,
assistant professor or associate professor or by leading a scientific or
clinical research group) through their achievements in the areas of research,
teaching and transfer,4 and
* have international scientific experience, either by currently working at
a scientific institution abroad or by having worked for at least 18 months at
a scientific institution abroad after graduation (periods during the doctorate
can be taken into account).

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4 oriented on "R2" and "R3" career levels in accordance with the European
Commission's definition. Cf. European Commission: Towards a European Framework
for Research Careers. Brussels 2011.
Hyperlink

6. Proposal and assessment criteria

The application for a BIH Johanna Quandt Professorship essentially consists
of:
1. proof of own scientific achievements and qualifications,
2. a concept for the BIH Johanna Quandt Professorship, in particular
stating the content and interdisciplinary orientation as well as how this
orientation contributes to the realisation of BIH's guiding idea and main
areas of work from the applicant's perspective, and
3. a budget plan that sets out the financial framework within which the
concept for the BIH Johanna Quandt Professorship can be implemented.

The overall evaluation criteria are defined as follows:
1. performance and qualifications of the candidate in the areas of
research, teaching, knowledge and technology transfer, management and
leadership, and patient care, provided that the candidate is clinically active
and remains clinically active under the proposed BIH Johanna Quandt
Professorship,
2. expectability that the applicant will become a leading scientist in her
field within the next five years,
3. the quality of the concept for the BIH Johanna Quandt Professorship,
with particular regard to its innovative strength, thematic openness and
timeliness within five years,
4. the potential of the designed BIH Johanna Quandt Professorship to be
continued and expanded at the level of a W2 or W3 lifetime professorship after
five years, and
5. financial adequacy of the budget planning.

The application is made using the application
portal provided by
Stiftung Charit (create an account on the application portal and select the
call for the Johanna Quandt Professorships).

When applying, and in the case of funding being approved, the Rules of
Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice of the German Research
Foundation as well as the ethical principles
of the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
(Horizon 2020), including the European Code of Conduct for Research
Integrity, are to be observed. In addition, the
Stiftung Charit approval
principlesapply.

7. Selection procedure

Stiftung Charit announces the funding call, accepts applications and
subsequently conducts a science-guided selection procedure consisting of the
following steps:
1. The BIH Board of Directors issues a statement on whether and to what
extent the professorship proposed by the applicant fits into the existing
organizational structure and general structural and profile development of
BIH.
2. The Academic Advisory Council (hereinafter referred to as the Council)
set up by Stiftung Charit for the Private Excellence Initiative Johanna
Quandt carries out a pre-selection, arranges for written expert opinions to be
obtained for the pre-selected applications and sets up a selection committee
consisting of the following members:
o Chair of the BIH Board of Directors (ex officio),
o Chair of the MDC Board of Directors (ex officio),
o Dean of the Medical Faculty of Charit (ex officio),
o one scientist (ad personam) appointed by the Chair of the BIH Board of
Directors,
o one scientist (ad personam) appointed by the Chair of the MDC Board of
Directors,
o one scientist (ad personam) nominated by the Dean of the Medical Faculty
of Charit, and
o approx. five external technical experts who cover as broad a range of
subjects as possible (in each case ad personam).
3. The selection committee will draw up funding recommendations on the
basis of the written expert opinions and after carrying out presentations or
individual interviews with the preselected applicants.

The Council accepts the funding recommendations of the selection committee and
makes the funding decisions on this basis. The funding decisions are initially
made subject to the proviso that the respective applicant can be successfully
appointed to a corresponding temporary W2 professorship for an initial period
of five years, that BIH provides the required additional funding for the first
five years and that the respective W2 professorship will be maintained as a W2
or W3 lifetime professorship within the framework of one of the above
mentioned tenure track models after the five-year funding period has expired.

Following the funding decision of Stiftung Charit, BIH and Charit are
responsible for the joint appointment (e.g. by waiving the invitation to
tender and the direct appointment), the contractual design and the granting of
the call. In the course of the appointment negotiations, the tenure track
model has to be chosen for the respective candidate and where or how the BIH
Johanna Quandt Professorship will be budgeted after the five-year period must
be bindingly determined. The call is to be made at the latest six months after
the positive funding decision by Stiftung Charit.

The funding of Stiftung Charit begins when the appointed applicant takes
office. The appointment should take place at the latest nine months after the
positive funding decision by Stiftung Charit.

8. Deadlines / dates
June 24, 2019

Application deadline

September 2019

Pre-selection of candidates and invitation to presentations and interviews

Est. December 2019

Meeting of the selection committee with presentations and interviews with
pre-selected applicants in Berlin

Est. January/February 2020

Announcement of funding decision by Stiftung Charit

Subsequently

(Shortened) appointment procedure of Charit and BIH

9. Contact

Dr. Andr Lottmann
Head of Science Funding

Stiftung Charit
Karlplatz 7
10117 Berlin (Germany)

Telefon: +49 (0)30 450 570 - 586
Telefax: +49 (0)30 450 7570 - 959
E-Mail:
lottmann(at)stiftung-charite.de


https://www.stiftung-charite.de/en/funding/the-private-excellence-initiative-
johanna-quandt/bih-johanna-quandt-professors


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