DFG – Research units

DFG – Research units

The German Research Foundation’s “Research groups” programme allows several outstanding scientists to work together on a research task. This opportunity to work in such close partnership can often help research groups to establish new working directions. There is, of course, a clear expectation here for the scientific quality and originality of the project to be at an international level, and for results to go beyond what would be expected with individual funding. These programmes generally run for six years (two periods of three years each).

In addition to the traditional research groups, there are also the “Clinical research groups” and “Postgraduate research groups in the humanities and social sciences”.

DFG research units at the UDE


Title | Coordination | Faculties

Duration from

FOR 2284 Model-based scalable gas-phase synthesis of complex nanoparticles
Coordination: Prof. Dr. Christof Schulz, Faculty of Engineering
FOR 2242

Academic learning and study success in the
entry phase of science and technology study programs

Coordination: Prof. Dr. Elke Sumfleth, Faculty of Chemistry; Prof. Dr. Detlev Leutner, Faculty of Educational Sciences

FOR 1993

Multi-functional conversion of chemical species and energy 
Coordination: Prof. Dr. Burak Atakan, Faculty of Engineering


FOR 1509 Functional Materials at Multi Scales Continuum Modeling and Experimental Characterization
Coordination: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Schröder, Faculty of Engineering

UDE involvement in ongoing DFG research units


Title | City | Coordination | Contact UDE | Faculties

Duration from

FOR 2161 Organized Creativity – Practices for Inducing and Coping with Uncertainty
Coordination: Professor Dr. Jörg Sydow, Freie Universität Berlin
Contact UDE: Professor Dr. Sigrid Quack, Faculty of Social Sciences
FOR 2240 (Lymph) Angiogenesis And Cellular Immunity In Inflammatroy Deseases Of The Eye
Coordination: Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen, University of Cologne
Contact UDE: Prof. Dr.  Arnd Heiligenhaus
FOR 2123 Sphingolipid Dynamics in Infection Control
Coordination: Professor Dr. Sibylle Schneider-Schaulies, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Coontact UDE: Professor Dr. Erich Gulbins, Faculty of Medicine
FOR 1961 Mature T-cell Lymphomas - mechanisms of perturbed clonal T-cell homeostasis
Coordination: Prof. Dr. Martin-Leo Hansmann, University Hospital Frankfurt
Contact UDE: Prof. Dr. Ralf Küppers, Faculty of Medicine
FOR 1700 Metallic nanowires on the atomic scale: Electronic and vibrational coupling in real world systems (Hannover)
Coordination: Prof. Dr. Herbert Pfnür, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Contact UDE: Professor Dr. Uwe Bovensiepen, Faculty of Physics
FOR 1616 Dynamics and Interactions of Semiconductor Nanowires for Optoelectronics (Jena; Leipzig)
Coordination: Prof. Dr. Carsten Ronning, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Contact UDE: Dr.-Ing. Werner Prost, Faculty of Engineering
FOR 1581 Extinction Learning: Behavioural, Neural and Clinical Mechanisms (Bochum)
Coordination: Prof. Dr. Onur Güntürkün, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Contact UDE: Prof.Dr. Prof. Dr. Manfred Schedlowski, Faculty of Medicine

Discontinued DFG research units

FOR 1328 Erwartungen und Konditionierung als Basisprozesse der Placebo- und Nocebo-Reaktion: Von der Neurobiologie zur klinischen Anwendung (bis 2014)
FOR 511 Naturwissenschaftlicher Unterricht (bis 2013)
KFO 117 Optimierung der Leberlebendspende (bis 2011)