DFG Collaborative Research Centres
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 88 "Cooperative effects in homo- and heterometallic complexes (3MET)" (since 2011)
- SFB 926 "Component surfaces: Morphology on a micro scale" (since 2011)
- SFB/TRR 173 “Spin+X – Spin in its collective environment” (since 2016)
- SFB/TRR 185 "OSCAR - Open System Control of Atomic and Photonic Matter" (since 2016)
- SFB/TRR 175 „The Green Hub - Central coordinator of acclimation in plants“ (since 2016)
- SFB/TRR 195 "Symbolic Tools in Mathematics and their Application" (since 2017)