Research Support Services supports researchers at all career levels in all matters concerning their research. This includes
- Information and support in the acquisition of third-party funding,
- Project management of national and international joint projects,
- Support of early career researchers and assistance in their research careers,
- Consulting and information on research data management and
- Information services and a comprehensive program of events.
In the following, you will find detailed information about our services with reference to the respective contact persons.
The Research Support Services supports and advises you in the acquisition of third-party funding. The service ranges from the selection of the right funding program for you to the fine-tuning of the application by a strategic feedback.
- Information and advice
We provide personal advice, research, databases, and our newsletter in order to help you choosing the right funding format for you.
- Elaboration of the application
We support the application process with strategic feedback, bundled experience from the application process, and advice on project design (also in early application phases). For large collaborative projects or projects of strategic importance, we coordinate the application process, and accompany the on-site reviews.
- Interview coaching
If funding formats require an interview in front of a review committee, we will support you in the preparation and implementation of the corresponding presentation.
- Strategic support on applications
For application initiatives in particularly competitive and prestigious funding lines – such as ERC Grants, Emmy Noether Groups, Collaborative Research Centers, Research Training Groups, etc. – we offer particularly intensive assistance and financial support.
- Research strategy
On request, we support researchers (individually and in groups) in developing a research strategy.
The office has many years of experience in project management and is available for advice. On request, we can take over the administration of coordinated EU projects (also partially).
- Administration of coordinated EU joint projects
For more than ten years, the office has administered the management of coordinated collaborative projects. This includes communication and coordination within the network, preparation and implementation of project meetings, reporting, and dissemination. For EU projects coordinated by the TU Dortmund University, this service is available against payment of the corresponding work packages.
- Advice on general project management
Even if a joint project does not promote its own management, we are available to advise on project management issues. Unfortunately, in this case it is not possible to take over the administration directly.
The Graduate Center TU Dortmund University is the university-wide service platform for early career researchers. It offers advice, transferable skills training, and networking for researchers at all career levels, and provides support in questions concerning research careers.
The Graduate Center unites expertise from Research Support Services and the Staff Unit Equal Opportunity, Family and Diversity, and offers a wide range of support services for researchers at all career levels. The Graduate Center is part of the Research Academy Ruhr, the UA Ruhr-wide platform for the support of early career researchers.
- Advice and information
The Graduate Center advises (prospective) doctoral researchers, postdocs, and junior faculty individually on the framework conditions for a successful research career within and beyond academia. The individual advice also supports the optimal design of the current career phase as well as orientation and career planning.
- Transferable skills training
The TU Dortmund University's wide range of offers for transferable skills training is bundled by the Graduate Center. The various offers are tailored to the special requirements of the respective career stages and are constantly being expanded according to the needs of the researchers.
The Graduate Center supports a number of networking formats for the exchange of personal experience and system knowledge, such as the “Stammtisch” (“regular meeting”) of newly appointed professors or Junior Faculty Impuls.
Research Data Management (RDM) provides concepts and support for the long-term preservation, availability, and re-use of research data in all scientific disciplines. The Research Data Service of the TU Dortmund University is offered jointly by the Office of Research Support Services, the University Library, and the ITMC and coordinated in the Office.
The Research Data Service of the TU Dortmund University advises you on the various offers of Research Data Management (RDM), from the professional recording and categorization of your research results to their sustainable storage and dissemination.
- Advice and information
We provide you with information, advice, and training on fundamental issues of research data management, from structured data storage to the creation of data publications.
- Data Management Plans
Data management plans (DMP) structure the collection and management of research data even before the start of the study. Funding agencies increasingly demand DMPs as part of a third-party funding application. The Research Data Service provides advice on the preparation of DMPs.
- Technical and methodological support
We are happy to advise on the development of (meta-)data schemas, on the use of suitable software to facilitate RDM, or on the selection of suitable repositories or storage techniques for your data.
- National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)
National Research Data Infrastructure refers to professional consortia that develop and establish standards for the RDM of their respective disciplines. The NFDI consortia will be supported in the coming years by ministerial funding. If you would like to participate in a consortium of the National Research Data Infrastructure, we will advise and support you, and take over the necessary coordination with the university management.
The Research Support Services regularly offers events that give you an overview of the wide range of support services available for your research activities as well as content of cross-disciplinary relevance. With the compiled information services, we regularly inform you about events, calls for proposals, and announcements.
The series Forschung fördern (“Supporting research”) provides you with concise, multidisciplinary information on a wide range of research-related topics. You will also find information events on current topics and developments, and of course the TU Dortmund Science Slam.
- Information services
We support your research with our mailing list, the information service FIT, the database ELFI, and a number of useful handouts.