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Press Release No. 56 | 22 November 2012
DFG Establishes 23 New Research Training Groups

New Approaches to Doctorates in Medicine / Nine International Partnerships

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is establishing 23 new Research Training Groups to further support early career researchers in Germany. This decision was made by the relevant Grants Committee in Bonn. The new Research Training Groups will offer doctoral researchers the chance to complete their theses in a structured research and qualification programme at a high academic level.

Nine of the new groups will be International Research Training Groups, which will work closely with universities in Canada, the USA, China, the Netherlands and Australia. The international aspect will increase the attractiveness of doctoral research within a Research Training Group. In addition, the interdisciplinary nature will promote international collaboration with universities and non-university institutions. The different forms of collaboration will also further support the structural development of the doctoral programme.

A number of Research Training Groups will offer novel approaches to doctoral training in medicine. Through international partnerships, a systematic recruitment process and an improved doctoral curriculum, doctoral researchers will be able to combine high-level research with practical clinical training. For the first time, an International Research Training Group has been established with an Australian university to promote the structured international training of early career researchers.

During the first funding period of four and a half years, the new doctoral programmes will receive approximately 78 million euros from the DFG (including an allowance for indirect project costs). In addition to establishing the 23 new Research Training Groups, the Grants Committee also approved extending seven existing groups. The DFG currently funds 226 Research Training Groups, including 48 international groups.

The new Research Training Groups (RTG) and International Research Training Groups (IRTG) (in alphabetical order by host university):

RTG Integrated Energy Supply Modules for On-Road Electromobility
Host University: RWTH Aachen University; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger

IRTG High-Dimensional Non-Stationary Time Series
Host University: Humboldt University of Berlin; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Härdle; Spokesperson for the Partner Institution: Professor Yongmiao Hong, Ph.D., Xiamen University, China

IRTG Computational Methods for the Analysis of the Diversity and Dynamics of Genomes
Host University: University of Bielefeld; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jens Stoye; Spokesperson for the Partner Institution: Prof. Dr. S. Cenk Sahinalp, Simon Fraser University Surrey, Canada

RTG Pharmacology of 7TM Receptors and Downstream Signal Paths
Host University: University of Bonn; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Alexander Pfeifer

RTG The Photographic Dispositif
Host University: Braunschweig University of Art; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Katharina Sykora

IRTG ArcTrain – Processes and Impacts of Climate Change in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Canadian Arctic,
Host University: University of Bremen; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Michal Kucera; Spokesperson for the Partner Institution: Prof. Dr. Anne de Vernal, Université du Québec à Montreal, Canada

RTG Micro-, Meso- and Macroporous Non-Metallic Materials: Principles and Applica-tions (MIMENIMA)
Host University: University of Bremen; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kurosch Rezwan

RTG Discrete Optimization of Technical Systems Under Uncertainty
Host University: Technical University of Dortmund; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Peter Buchholz

RTG Hydrogel-Based Microsystems
Host University: Technical University of Dresden; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Gerald Gerlach

RTG Medicinal Chemistry of Selective GPCR Ligands
Host Universities: University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, University of Regensburg; Spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Peter Gmeiner, Prof. Dr. Armin Buschauer

IRTG Molecular Pathogenesis of Male Reproductive Disorders
Host University: University of Giessen; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Andreas Meinhardt; Spokesperson for the Partner Institution: Prof. Kate Loveland, Ph.D., Monash University, Australia

IRTG Phosphorylation- and Redox-Mediated Signalling Mechanisms in the Failing Heart
Host University: University of Göttingen; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Dörthe Katschinski; Spokesperson for the Partner Institution: Prof. Metin Avkiran, King's College London, UK

RTG Literature and the Dissemination of Literature in the Age of Digitization
Host University: University of Göttingen, Spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Claudia Stockinger, Prof. Dr. Simone Winko

RTG Signalling at the Plant-Soil Interface
Host University: University of Hannover; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Helge Küster

IRTG Diabetic Microvascular Complications (DIAMICOM)
Host University: University of Heidelberg; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Hammes; Spokesperson for the Partner Institution: Prof. Dr. Han Moshage, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands)

IRTG Immune Regulation of Inflammation in Allergy and Infection
Host University: University of Lübeck, Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jörg Köhl; Spokesperson for the Partner Institution: Prof. David Hildemann, Ph.D., Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

RTG Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universal, Local, Borrowed
Host University: University of Mainz; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Tanja Pommerening

IRTG The Brain in Action
Host Universities: University of Marburg, University of Giessen; Spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Frank Bremmer, Prof. Dr. Katja Fiehler; Spokespersons for the Partner Institutions: Prof. Dr. Douglas P. Munoz, Queen's University at Kingston, Canada; Prof. Dr. Jody Culham, University of Western Ontario, Canada; Prof. Dr. Doug Crawford, York University Toronto, Canada

RTG Literary Form. Historical and Cultural Formations of Aesthetic Models
Host University: University of Münster; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer

RTG Molecular Basis of Sensory Biology
Host University: University of Oldenburg; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Karl-Wilhelm Koch

IRTG Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces
Host University: University of Trier; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ursula Lehmkuhl; Spokesperson for the Partner Institution: Prof. Dr. Laurence McFalls, Université de Montréal, Canada

RTG Ambiguity: Production and Perception
Host University: University of Tübingen; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer

RTG Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms in Aging (CEMMA)
Host University: University of Ulm, Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Geiger

Further Information

For more information about individual Research Training Groups, please contact the relevant spokesperson(s).

You can also find out more about the programme and funded RTGs at:

DFG programme contact: