Initiatives

On this page you can find information about initiatives to increase the quality of research. These can be either own or external initiatives.

Following the recommendations of the Lancet REWARD Campaign (REduce research Waste And Reward Diligence) for the improvement of research quality (see also The Lancet Series "Increasing value: reducing waste") QUEST is awarding the following calls:

The QUEST 1,000 € Preregistration Award

Preregister your preclinical studies challenge – Increase the credibility of your results and get early credit for your ideas!

The QUEST Center supports the preregistration of planned preclinical studies. Preregistration increases the credibility of results, the conclusions based on them, and secures the originality of ideas and hypotheses before experiments have been performed.

QUEST is offering these awards of 1,000 € to first/last/corresponding BIH, MDC or Charité authors of preclinical research papers containing preregistered (basic or translational, not clinical) studies.

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The QUEST 1,000 € NULL results and Replication study Award

Publish your NULL results – Fight the negative publication bias!

Publish your Replication Study – Fight the replication crises!

The QUEST Center supports the publication of results which do not support the initial hypothesis, so called NULL results, sometimes unfairly labelled as ‘negative studies’.  We also want to promote the publication of studies with the explicit attempt to replicate own results or the results of others.

QUEST is offering these awards of 1,000 € each to first/last/corresponding BIH, MDC or Charité authors of research papers in which the main result is a NULL or ‘negative’, or in which the replication of own results or the results of others is attempted. Basic, translational as well as clinical studies are eligible.

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The QUEST 1,000 € Open Data Award

Make your data FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable!

The QUEST Center strives to make relevant research data findable, accessible, interoperable and re-useable (‘FAIR’).

QUEST is offering these awards of 1,000 € each to first/last/corresponding BIH, MDC or Charité authors of research papers which have unconditionally shared their original data by citing them in the references of the paper via the persistent identifier of an open repository containing the annotated data. Basic, translational as well as clinical studies are eligible.

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Publications of authors (independent of the author´s position) which are also QUEST employees cannot be considered.

Each researcher may apply to every call only once. However, a researcher may apply to all three QUEST calls.


The QUEST - Protected Writing Time Program

The QUEST - Protected Writing Time Programme includes the 3-month (consecutive) exemption from clinical duties for the completion of an initial application to the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The programme is carried out in cooperation with the Research Division of the Charité. It is aimed at doctors of the Charité who are currently in patient care. Candidates are selected on an ongoing basis. Up to 6 exemptions can be granted for 2018 (pilot phase, ratio of women : men = 1 : 1).

Further information


The QUEST Replication Call

The BIH Center for Transforming Biomedical Research invited proposals for projects that aim to replicate scientific findings. The call was addressed to researchers at BIH, Charité and MDC.

For detailed information please see the attached call

Information on the funded projects can be found here.