(International) Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs der DFG - GKs) and Networks (EU Marie Curie International Graduate Colleges) are an alternative to the traditional form of individual doctoral supervision: Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs-GK) are temporary and thematically-focused institutions established at universities to promote young graduates by enabling them to participate in research (research-oriented integration of research and training). A Research Training Group (GK) is generally made up of 10 to 15 university teachers and up to 30 doctoral students, of which 12 to 15 receive a DFG fellowship.
DFG Collaborative Research Groups (FG)
Marie Curie Research Training Network EMALI: "Engineering, Manipulation and Characterization of Quantum States of Matter and Light"
Mathematics & Practice (funded by DFG)
Nonlinear Optics and Ultrafast Physics (funded by DFG)
Visualization of Large and Unstructured Data Sets: Applications in Geospatial Planning, Modelling and Engineering (DFG)
Engineering Materials and Processes (funded by the Federal State of Rhineland Palatinate)
Dependable Adaptive Systems and Mathematical Modeling (DASMOD) (funded by Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate)
Collaborative Research Centres (Sonderforschungsbereiche - SFB) are long-term research facilities at universities in which scientists and researchers colaborate within the scope of a cross-disciplinary research program. They are supported by the DFG, the German Research Foundation. The so-called "Independent Junior Research Groups" work within the scope of the collaborative Research Centres as an alternative form of the programme, enabling young scientists and researchers to spend a limited time period doing independent research (funding requires scientific excellence).
These promote highly qualified scientists and researchers from home and abroad under optimal conditions in accordance with the Anglo-American model. The Graduate Schools offer structured doctoral training in the form of (research-focused) doctoral studies, intensive individual supervision of doctoral thesis / dissertation projects as well as preparing doctoral students for positions in interdisciplinary and international research contexts. Interdisciplinary collaboration among several faculties and an international orientation (largely English-instructed courses) are its features. Graduate Schools, in contrast to the Research Training Groups, (Graduiertenkollegs = temporary institutions) aim to become a firm part of the respective university an so to make a sustainable contribution to structure-building in research and teaching.
A Network of Excellence (NoE) is a concept encompassing technology transfer, research coordination and training. A NoE is a grouping of industrial and academic research teams with common long-term technological goals, closely coordinating their research and training policies. Collectively, such research networks posses: A critical mass of top-level expertsSkills in all relevant disciplines needed to meet the goalsA state-of-the-art infrastructure The participants of NoE offer doctorate programs to students, but were not implemented for this purpose. Read more on the Networks of Excellence-pages of the University.
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