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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 54 | 13. August 2009
Priority Programme 1267 "Sphingolipids - Signal and Disease" - Call for second funding period

The Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has established the Priority Programme "Sphingolipids - Signal and Disease" in 2006. The programme is designed to run for six years. This is the call for the 2nd funding period starting June 2010.

The aim of this programme is to study the physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and, in particular, biomedical application of sphingolipids and their derivatives. Sphingolipids are central to the spatial and temporal organisation of cellular signalling molecules and are critically involved in the regulation of cell death, proliferation, cellular differentiation and the pathogenesis of many human diseases. The programme aims to define the biochemical and cellular functions of sphingolipids and to transfer these insights into human diseases. The programme focuses on cardio-reno-vascular, pulmonary, neurological/-psychiatric, inflammatory and immunological disorders in addition to the basic cellular and biochemical mechanisms of the regulation and function of sphingolipids. The present call is limited to proposals from these research areas.
All proposals should be hypothesis driven and provide proof of concepts and principles. Collaboration with other research groups and the creation of synergies are strongly encouraged. Studies on other phospholipids or eicosanoids, exploratory and exclusively descriptive studies or predominantly descriptive genome and proteome studies are excluded from this call.

Selection will be based on the quality of the proposal. Applications by junior scientists are strongly encouraged. Applicants must have a solid, high-quality publication record on sphingolipid research and, depending on the seniority of the principle investigator, an established record of extramural funding. Proposals for the 2nd three-year funding period should be submitted on paper in triplicate, including appendices (one original, two copies), and on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM should include the proposal and all appendices (publications, etc.), preferably as PDF (or RTF) files. Proposals must be written in English, and the title and project summary should also be provided in German. Please submit proposals, marked as "SPP 1267" and addressed to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, to the attention of Dr. Simone Müller (see address below).
The deadline for Submission is the 16th November 2009.

Weiterführende Informationen

For scientific enquiries please contact the programme coordinator

  • Prof. Dr. Erich Gulbins, Institut für Molekularbiologie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Hufelandstraße 55, D-45122 Essen, tel.: +49 201-723-3118, fax: +49 201-723-5974, e-mail: erich.gulbins@uni-due.de.

For administrative enquiries please contact

  • Dr. Simone Müller, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Lebenswissenschaften 1, D-53170 Bonn, tel.: +49 228 885-2359, e-mail: Simone.Mueller@dfg.de or Claudia Kron, tel.: +49 228 885-2366, e-mail: Claudia.Kron@dfg.de