Coordinated research, and in particular coordinated programs contribute substantially to RPTU's research profile. They promote structural development by encouraging national and international collaboration in innovative areas of relevance and by clustering the scientific potential of the university.
Here you find the ongoing programs funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), EU and other forms of coordinated research at RPTU:
The funding program “Sonderforschungsbereiche” of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) is dedicated to collaborative research centers that are either localized at one university (SFB) or involve more than one university at different locations and are thus called trans-regional (SFB/TRR).
Collaborative Research Centres are long-term university-based research institutions, established for up to 12 years, in which researchers work together within a multidisciplinary research program. They allow researchers to tackle innovative, challenging, complex and long-term research undertakings through the coordination and concentration of individuals and resources within the applicant universities. SFBs thus enable institutional priority area and structural development. The centers set up their own scientific-administrative infrastructure and public relations, possibly integrating additional funding components, for example an integrated graduate school or projects for knowledge transfer. Expanding international collaboration is also especially promoted.
Ongoing DFG Collaborative Research Centres
- SFB/TRR 173 “Spin+X – Spin in its collective environment” (since 2016)
- SFB/TRR 175 „The Green Hub - Central coordinator of acclimation in plants“ (since 2016)
- SFB/TRR 185 "OSCAR - Open System Control of Atomic and Photonic Matter" (since 2016)
- SFB/TRR 195 "Symbolic Tools in Mathematics and their Application" (since 2017)
DFG Collaborative Research Centres of other Universities with RPTU as Partner
- SFB/TRR 234 „CataLight - Light-driven Molecular Catalysts in Hierarchically Structured Materials” (seit 2018)
- SFB/TRR 306 QuCoLiMa - Quantum Cooperativity of Light and Matter (since 2021)
- SFB 1439 "RESISIST - Multilevel response to stresser increase and release in stream ecosystems" (since 2021)
- SFB 1527 "High Performance Compact Magnetic Resonance – HyPERiON" (since 2022)
Research Training Groups are established by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) at the universities to promote early career researchers. They are funded by the DFG for a period of up to nine years. Their key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research program and a structured training strategy. An interdisciplinary approach is thereby highly encouraged.
Ongoing DFG research training groups:
Additionally, research training groups are integrated in these collaborative research centers (SFB and SFB/TRR) of RPTU:
Research Unit by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) represent close teams of researchers working together on a research project which, in terms of thematic focus, duration and finances, extends beyond the funding options available under Individual Grants Programs of the DFG. Research Units provide the staff and material resources required for carrying out intensive, medium-term cooperative projects (generally six years, from October 2018 up to eight years). Research Units often contribute to establishing new research directions.
Current DFG Research Unis
The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) establishes Priority Program for coordinated multi-location funding for important new topics in order to foster network formation and advance interdisciplinarity. These programs are typically run for six years with an intermediate review.
Ongoing DFG - Priority Programs related to RPTU
SPP 2311 "Robust coupling of continuum-biomechanical in silico models to establish active biological system models for later use in clinical applications - Co-design of modeling, numerics and usability" (since 2021)
SPP 2411 "Sensing LOOPS: cortico-subcortical interactions for adaptive sensing" (since 2023)
As part of the "Breakthroughs" program, the Carl Zeiss Foundation supports top international research from Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia with yearly calls since 2018.
With the program, the foundation supports universities in further developing and expanding already proven research strengths. Projects under the "Breakthroughs" program run for six years.
A prerequisite for funding by the Carl Zeiss Foundation is a proven supraregional position in the area to be supported, which is embedded in a corresponding structure and is a relevant component for the strategic orientation of the university. In the 2020 call for proposals "Intelligent solutions for an aging society", the RPTU was able to acquire funding from the Carl Zeiss Foundation with the coordinated project "Ageing Smart".
In the 2021 call for proposals with a focus onartificial intelligence, RPTU was able to acquire funding for the project "Sustainable Embedded AI".
In the first call for proposals in 2022 with the topic "Energy Systems of the Future", the RPTU was successful with the project "Smart Batch Processes in the Energy System of the Future". in addition, scientists from the RPTU are involved in the project "Halocycles" of the JGU Mainz.
In the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), data from science and research are systematically made accessible, networked and made usable in a sustainable and qualitative manner. NFDI consortia, associations of various institutions within a research field, work together in an interdisciplinary manner to implement the goals.
NFDI-Consortia with Participation of RPTU
Within the framework of federal project funding, various federal ministries (BMBF, BMWK, BMDV, etc.) support collaborative and individual projects of various sizes. The main focus is on climate, energy, health, nutrition, mobility, security and communication. At the RPTU, there are a large number of such projects in the various departments.
Outstanding projects of the federal project funding at the RPTU
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Projects of the EU research framework programs
The framework program for research and innovation of the EU "HORIZON Europe" bundles several funding programs of the EU and replaces, among others, HORIZON 2020. Within the framework of HORIZON Europe, the European Commission funds innovative projects from research and development with about 95.5 billion euros, over the term of seven years (2021-2027). This makes HORIZON Europe one of the largest research funding programs worldwide.