DFG projects

DFG projects

Funding of collaborative research & scientists at an advanced career stage

The German Research Foundation (DFG), a registered association, is dedicated to serving science in all its branches in accordance with Article 1 of the DFG Statutes. The financial support of research, the support of national and international cooperation, the funding and qualification of young scientists as well as the support of equality in science are central concerns of the DFG. The DFG provides advice to political decision-makers, links research with society and industry, and offers a broad funding portfolio consisting of funding instruments with different objectives. Depending on the funding program, institutions or individuals are eligible to submit proposals. The DFG also distinguishes between funding areas such as person, topic, forum and infrastructure. In addition, the DFG awards scientific prizes.

Of particular importance in terms of higher education policy are collaborative projects that serve to establish the focus and structure of the scientific institution in terms of subject or research infrastructure. These include collaborative research centers (SFB), research training groups (GRK), research centers as well as large-scale facilities and national research data infrastructures.

At the University of Rostock, the SFB 1270 ELAINE, the GRK 2000 Baltic TRANSCOAST and the GRK 1887 Deutungsmacht are currently funded by the DFG. Furthermore, the FOR 2440 Matter Under Planetary Interior Conditions - High Pressure, Planetary, and Plasma Physics and the SSP 1158 Antarctic Research with Comparative Investigations in Arctic Ice Areas are coordinated from the University of Rostock. The University of Rostock is involved in a National Research Data Infrastructure. In addition, the University of Rostock is involved in other SFBs as well as research groups and focus programs.

Funding programs such as Walter Benjamin, research fellowships, Emmy Noether and Heisenberg are primarily aimed at scientists at different career stages and are dedicated to their continuous development.

An overview of ongoing as well as already expired funding of selected DFG projects can be found on this page.

Collaborative research projects

Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) & Participation in Transregios (TRR)

current funding

TRR 295: Retuning dynamic motor network disorders using neuromodulation (Participation)

Applying institution: Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. med. Andrea Kühn

Project: Project development of Lead-DBS and advanced field modeling (S01)
Collaborateur: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Urslua van Rienen

since July 2020


ended funding

CRC 198: Kinetics of Partially lonized Plasmas(Participation)

Applying institution: Universität Greifswald
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Meichsner

1993 - 2004


TRR 37:  Micro- and Nanosystems in Medicine - Reconstruction of Biological Functions (Participation)

Applying institution: Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
Spokespersonr: Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Axel Haverich

2007 - 2012


Research Training Groups (RTG)

current funding

ended funding Förderung (since 2010)

RTG 1387: Integrative Development of Modelling and Simulation Methods for Regenerative Systems (dIEM oSiRiS)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Adelinde Uhrmacher

2006 - 2013


Further Research Training Groups of the University of Rostock whose funding ended before 2010 can be found in the DFG database GEPRIS. To get to the overview please click here.


Research Units (FOR)

FOR 2686: Resilience in Religion and Spirituality. Endurance and the Formation of Powerlessness, Fear and Anxiety (Participation)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Cornelia Richter (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)

Project at the UR: Resilience in prayer. Lament as a spiritual expression of fear and confidence (since September 2019)
Project leader: Prof. Dr. theol. Judith Gärtner

since 2019


FOR 2816: The Autotrophy-Heterotrophy Switch in Cyanobacteria: Coherent Decision-Making at Multiple Regulatory Layers (SCyCode) (Beteiligung)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Karl Forchhammer (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

Project at the UR: Metabolic regulation of carbon allocation from the CBB cycle under different CO2 supply (since May 2019)
Project leader: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Martin Hagemann

since 2018


FOR 2337: Denitrification in Agricultural Soils: Integrated Control and Modelling at Various Scales (DASIM) (Participation)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Christoph Müller (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen)

Project at the UR: Denitrification in relation to soil nitrite and nitrate dynamics – towards source differentiation in undisturbed soil (since April 2016)
Project leader: Projektleitende: Prof. Dr. Christoph Müller (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen), Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Nicole Wrage-Mönnig

since 2016


FOR 2358:  Mountain Exile Hypothesis: How humans benefited from and re-shaped African high altitude ecosystems during Quarternary climatic changes (Participation)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Georg Miehe (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

Project at the UR: Ground Beetles as human-independent landscape proxy (since November 2019)
Project leaders: Prof. Dr. Lars Opgenoorth (Philipps-Universität Marburg), Dr. rer. nat. Joachim Schmidt

since 2016


Further research units at or with participation of the University of Rostock that have already ended can be found in the DFG database GEPRIS. Please click here to get to the overview. um zur Übersicht zu gelangen.


Priority Programmes (SPP)

Further priority programs in which the University of Rostock participates or has participated can be found in the DFG database GEPRIS. To get to the overview please click here.


National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)

NFDI4Cat – NFDI for Catalysis-Related Sciences (Participation)

Applying institution: DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V.

since 2020


Personal funding

Heisenberg Programme

current funding

Strong-Field Nanophysics

Applicant: Prof. Dr. Thomas Fennel

Heisenberg professorship since 2020


New Approaches Toward Integrating Catalytic Processes and Modern Electrolyte Concepts into Electrosynthesis

Applicant: Dr. Robert Francke

Heisenberg Grants since 2020


(Kopie 66)

Already ended grants in the Heisenberg programme can be found in the DFG database GEPRIS. To get to the overview please click here.


Please use the research database to search for DFG projects in other funding lines (e.g. Individual Research Grants, etc.). Information on research options can be found here. In addition, the DFG database GEPRIS and the DFG Research Explorer, sorted by university institutions, are available to you.

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Service Center Projects for Research, Education and Transfer (S1)

Stephan Redlich

Project acquisition
Universitätsplatz 1
18051 Rostock

Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498 1190

Kristin Arnold

Project Controlling
Schwaansche Str. 2
18055 Rostock

Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498-1520

DFG Liaison Officer

Prof. Dr. Adelinde Uhrmacher

Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498 7610