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Information for Researchers No. 71 | 20 December 2013
Priority Programme „Design and Architectures of Dependable Embedded Systems – A Grand Challenge in the Nano Age” (SPP 1500)

The Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has approved a Priority Programme “Design and Architectures of Dependable Embedded Systems – A Grand Challenge in the Nano Age” (SPP 1500). The programme started its first phase in September 2010, and it is designed to run for six years. Applications are now invited for the third two-year funding period.

It is the goal of this Priority Programme to develop new system-level methods and architectures that can cope with the negative effects caused by the inherent unreliability observed at transistor and physical level when migrating to new technology nodes. Within the first and second phase of this programme, a paradigm shift has been initiated by means of resiliency and adaptability. The collaboration within and between projects has let to first results showing that cross-layer resiliency is advantageous.

This Priority Programme continues to be based upon the following five columns: a) Technology Abstraction, b) Dependable Hardware Architectures, c) Dependable Embedded Software, d) Design Methods, e) Operation, Observation and Adaptation.

Approaches within all five columns need always to take into consideration the entire embedded system (but should be limited to the digital parts of it). Each project should make a contribution to at least one of the five columns listed above. It needs to be clearly pointed out in how far the addressed unreliability scenarios are attributed to the migration to new technology nodes. Unreliability scenarios that origin from other sources (e.g. security, safety etc. scenarios) are not within the scope of this programme. Furthermore, software-related approaches need to clearly show their hardware dependence. Dependability issues regarding distributed systems as well as purely device and technology-driven approaches as well as analog approaches are not within the scope.

The focus of this last phase is on multi-layer dependability i.e. approaches that cross two or more abstraction layers of the hardware/software and thus demonstrate that reliability means are most effective when several layers work hand-in-hand.

In order to achieve a high degree of multi-disciplinarity, joint proposals are particularly welcome. Projects that have been funded within the second phase are particularly encouraged to submit a proposal within the scope of this call.

Proposals for a two-year funding period should be submitted via elan (the electronic submission system of the DFG) no later than 21 March 2014. All proposals must be written in English and be in compliance with the official guidelines and proposal preparation instructions of DFG. In addition to uploading the proposal in elan please send one copy via e-mail to Prof. Dr. Jörg Henkel (see address below).The third funding phase is planned to start in January 2015.

Further information

Proposal guidelines and preparation instructions are available on the DFG’s website at:

First time applicants will need to register themselves with the elan portal first. Please consider that confirmation of the registration will take about one working day. Proposal upload will not be possible without confirmation.

The electronic portal elan with proposal instructions and guidelines can be found at:

For scientific enquiries concerning the scope of the programme, please contact the Priority Programme’s coordinator:

For administrative enquiries please contact: