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Press Release No. 58 | 21 November 2012
DFG to Fund Eleven New Collaborative Research Centres

Ranging from Insect Timing to Obesity Mechanisms to the Cultural History of Leisure

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) will establish eleven Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) as of 1 January 2013. This was decided by the responsible Grants Committee during its fall session in Bonn. The new CRCs will be funded initially for a period of four years with a total of 101.5 million euros, including a 20% programme allowance for indirect project costs.

The newly established Collaborative Research Centres will explore a variety of complex topics, ranging from the development of pioneering internet-based communication models to new imagery processes in biology to a cultural history of leisure. Other Collaborative Research Centres will more precisely determine the control of immune responses or investigate the role of proper timing in the life of insects. One of the approved centres is a CRC/Transregio, which has multiple locations.

The responsible committee also approved the extension of 25 Collaborative Research Centres for an additional funding period. As a result, the DFG will be funding a total of 232 Collaborative Research Centres as of January 2013.

The new CRCs (in alphabetical order by host university):

CRC "Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function"
(Host University: Free University of Berlin; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Holger Dau; Additional Participating Universities: Technical University of Berlin, Humboldt University, Berlin; Additional Participating Institution: Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP), Berlin)

CRC "The Mathematics of Emergent Effects"
(Host University: University of Bonn; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Stefan Müller)

CRC "MAKI - Multi-Mechanism Adaptation for the Internet of the Future"
(Host University: Technical University of Darmstadt; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Steinmetz; Additional Participating Universities: RWTH Aachen University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

CRC "Leisure. Concepts, Spaces, Figures".
(Host University: University of Freiburg; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Hasebrink)

CRC/TRR "Planar Optronic Systems (PlanOS)"
(Host University: University of Hanover; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ludger Overmeyer; Additional Applying University: University of Freiburg; Also Participating: Technical University of Braunschweig, Technical University of Clausthal, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.)

CRC "Obesity Mechanisms"
(Host University: University of Leipzig; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Matthias Blüher; Also Participating: Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, both Leipzig)

CRC "Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Neural Homoeostasis"
(Host University: University of Mainz, Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Robert Nitsch; Additional Participating University: Goethe University of Frankfurt a.M.; Additional Participating Institutions: Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Institute for Molecular Biology gGmbH, Mainz)

CRC "RNA Viruses: RNA Metabolism, Host Response and Pathogenesis"
(Host University: University of Marburg; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Stephan Becker; Additional Applying University: University of Giessen)

CRC "Control and Plasticity of Cell-Fate Decisions in the Immune System"
(Host University: LMU Munich; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thomas Brocker; Additional Participating University: Technical University of Munich; Additional Participating Institutions: Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Planegg)

CRC "Physical Modelling of Non-Equilibrium Processes in Biological Systems"
(Host University: University of Saarbrücken; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Heiko Rieger)

CRC "Insect Timing: Mechanisms, Plasticity and Interactions"
(Host University: University of Würzburg, Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Charlotte Förster)

Further Information

Further information will be provided by the spokespersons of the Collaborative Research Centres.

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