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DFG to establish 14 new priority programs

Topics range from digitization of working worlds and nano security to random geometric systems / Approximately €85 million for three years

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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has approved the establishment of 14 new Priority Programmes for 2020. This was decided by the DFG Senate in Bonn. The 14 new groups, which were selected from 50 submissions, will receive a total of approximately €85 million for an initial three-year period. There will also be a 22 percent programme allowance for indirect project costs.

The newly approved Priority Programmes cover the entire spectrum of disciplines, from the humanities and social sciences to engineering sciences, life sciences and natural sciences. The topics range from the digitalisation of working worlds and nano security to random geometric systems and the dynamics of ore-metals enrichment. Each of the programmes describes the overriding topic of a Priority Programme. Over the coming months, the DFG will announce a separate call for proposals for the various groups. Proposals will be evaluated to determine their scientific quality and their contribution to the main topic.

The purpose of Priority Programmes is to examine fundamental scientific issues relating to particularly topical or emerging areas of research. All the programmes are highly interdisciplinary and are notable for their application of innovative methods. Supporting early career researchers is a key aspect, and all new groups also have a gender equality strategy. Priority Programmes are funded for six years. Currently, a total of 97 Priority Programmes are being funded.

The new Priority Programmes
(by discipline and in alphabetical order by coordinator's university)

Humanities and Social Sciences

* "The Digitalisation of Working Worlds. Conceptualising and Capturing a Systemic Transformation"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Sabine Pfeiffer, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Engineering Sciences

* "Auditory Cognition in Interactive Virtual Environments (AUDICTIVE)"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Janina Fels, RWTH Aachen University)

* "Construction as Cultural Heritage - Principles for Engineering-Based and Interlinked Conservation Strategies for the Built Heritage of the High Modern Era"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner Lorenz, TU Cottbus-Senftenberg)

* "Efficient Cooling, Lubrication and Transportation - Coupled Mechanical and Fluid-Dynamical Simulation Methods for Efficient Production Processes (FLUSIMPRO)"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Biermann, TU Dortmund)

* "Memristive Devices Toward Smart Technical Systems"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Ronald Tetzlaff, TU Dresden)

* "Bioelectrochemical and Engineering Fundamentals to Establish Electro-Biotechnology for Biosynthesis - Power to Value-Added Products (eBiotech)"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr. An-Ping Zeng, TU Hamburg)

* "Nano Security: From Nano-Electronics to Secure Systems"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Ilia Polian, University of Stuttgart)

Life Sciences

* "Exit Strategies of Intracellular Pathogens"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pradel, RWTH Aachen University)

* "Molecular Adaptation to Land: Plant Evolution to Change (MAdLand)"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Stefan A. Rensing, University of Marburg)

Natural Sciences

* "Random Geometric Systems"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang König, TU Berlin)

* "2D Materials - Physics of van der Waals [Hetero]Structures (2DMP)"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Thomas Heine, TU Dresden)

* "Polymer-Based Batteries"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schubert, University of Jena)

* "Dynamics of Ore-Metals Enrichment - DOME"
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Max Wilke, University of Potsdam)

* Variational Methods for Predicting Complex Phenomena in Engineering Structures and Materials
(Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Georg Dolzmann, University of Regensburg)


Further Information

Media contact:

DFG Press and Public Relations, Tel. +49 228 885-2109,

Information is also provided by the coordinators of the new Priority Programmes.

For information on the DFG Priority Programmes also see:

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