Research Support Office

Assigned to the Vice President Research, the Research Support Office (RSO) is responsible in particular for the areas described below. Detailed information on all services provided by the RSO can be found on ZUniverse (internal link).

Acquisition of third-party funding in the research area

The RSO offers ZU researchers comprehensive advice and support in acquiring third-party funding for research projects. This includes, in particular, the search for thematically and strategically suitable funding opportunities for the respective projects as well as detailed, individual and customized 1:1 advice on the preparation of research proposals (i.e. processing of application forms, preparation of financial plans, coordination of kick-off meetings). In addition, the RSO provides researchers with a comprehensive information and support toolkit for third-party funding (i.e. guidelines for applications, compilations of funding opportunities), which can be found on ZUniverse (internal link). The objective is to relieve researchers to the greatest extent possible of all administrative matters associated with externally funded research.


The responsible contact person for third-party funding in the research area is our Research and Open Science Manager Nadine Reimer (see contact details below).


Research Support System FUSY

The RSO is responsible for the university's internal Research Support System FUSY (internal link), which offers ZU researchers the opportunity to apply for financial or structural funding to support their research activities. FUSY comprises a total of six funding lines for third-party funding applications, smaller research projects, conference and research trips, publications, and the organization of scientific events. The funding decision and review processes differ depending on the funding line - the Research Council, in which all departments and scientific status groups are represented, plays an important role in the decision-making process when awarding larger sums, i.e. for research projects or application support for competitively funded third-party projects.


The responsible contact person for FUSY is our Head of the Research Support Office, Dr Benjamin von dem Berge (see contact details below).


Open Science

In close cooperation with the University Library, the RSO supports and advises ZU researchers about Open Science (in particular, Open Access and Open Data, including research data management).


The responsible contact person for Open Science is our Research and Open Science Manager Nadine Reimer (see contact details below).


Research documentation system "ZUdoc"

Together with the University Library, the RSO is responsible for the "ZUdoc" system. "ZUdoc" is both the research documentation system (RDS) and the institutional repository of the ZU. While the RSO is responsible for the RDS, the University Library manages the repository.


The responsible contact person for ZUdoc  is our ZUdoc key user, Vernesa Music-Nalo (see contact details below).

The Research Support Office

von dem Berge, Benjamin
von dem Berge, Benjamin Dr
Head of Research Support Office
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1118
Room:Semi 2.44
Reimer, Nadine
Reimer, Nadine
Research Support Office | Manager Research Funding & Open Science
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2158
Room:Semi 2.45
Music-Nalo, Vernesa
Music-Nalo, Vernesa
Research Support Office | ZUdoc Key User
Phone:+49 7541 6009 1150
Room:Semi | 2.45
Matis, Natalia
Matis, Natalia
Research Support Office
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1150
Room:Semi 2.45
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