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 CRC 1270 ELAINE, the CRC 1477 LiMatI, the RTG 2000 Baltic TRANSCOAST and the RTG 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 NFDI4Cat. 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 Reserach Centres (CRC) & Participation in Transregios (TRR)

current funding

TRR 175: The Green Hub: Central Coordinator of Acclimation in Plants (Participation)

Applying institution: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Dario Leister

Project: Regulation of Flavonoid Biosynthesis by Plastid-derived Signals (C06)
Collaborateur: Jun.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Richter

since Juni 2021


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

Research Training Groups (RTG)

current funding

ended funding (since 2010)

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 5573: Dynamic Regulation of the Proton Motive Force in Photosynthesis (Participation)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Michael Hippler (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)

Project at the UR: Structural and functional analysis of NDH-1 supercomplexes (since 2023)
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Marc Nowaczyk, Dr. Jan Michael Schuller (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

since 2023


FOR 5381: Mathematical Statistics in the Information Age - Statistical Efficiency and Computational Tractability (Participation)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Angelika Rohde (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

Project at the UR: Supersmooth functional data analysis and PCA-preprocessing (since 2021)
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Alexander Meister

since 2021


FOR 5138: Spiritual Intermediality in the Early Modern Period (Participation)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Johann Anselm Steiger (Universität Hamburg)

Project at the UR: Representations of love in the Early Modern period seen against the backdrop of Baroque theory on symbolic art (since 2021)
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Stefanie Arend, Prof. Dr. Peter Schmidt (Universität Hamburg)

since 2021


FOR 5046: Integrated analysis of epithelial SLC26 anion transporters - from molecular structure to pathophysiology (Participation)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Dominik Oliver (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

Project at the UMR: Regulation of SLC26 proteins by plasma membrane recycling and novel interacting proteins (since 2020)
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Lamprecht, Dr. Ilka Wittig (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Universitätsklinikum)

since 2020


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 2591: Severity assessment in animal-based research (Participation)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. René H. Tolba (Universitätsklinikum Aachen)

Project at the UMR: Assessment of distress and refinement in animal models for gastrointestinal diseases (since 2017)
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Brigitte VollmarPD Dr. Dietmar Zechner

since 2017


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. 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)

Current priority programs in which the University of Rostock is involved can be found in the research database. You can access the overview here. Priority programs in which the University of Rostock 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

ended funding

DiaLReDox – the regulation of the photosynthetic light reaction, light dependent retrograde signaling and redox dynamics in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum

Applicant: Prof. Dr. Bernard Lepetit

Heisenberg Professorships since 2023


current funding

Rational Synthesis of Nanoheterostructures with Directional Properties

Applicant: Prof. Dr. Klaus Boldt

Heisenberg Professorships since 2021


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


Experimental Physics with focus on novel, two-dimensional materials and heterostructures

Applicant: Prof. Dr. Tobias Korn

Heisenberg Professorships since 2018


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

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

Dr. Doreen Schwarz

Team strategic reserach consulting (S1.1)
Universitätsplatz 1
18051 Rostock

Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498 1631

Kristin Arnold

Team Project Administration (S1.2)
Schwaansche Str. 2
18055 Rostock

Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498-1610

DFG Liaison Officer

Prof. Dr. Adelinde Uhrmacher

Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498 7610