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Information for Researchers No. 14 | 1 March 2019
Priority Programme “Coordination Networks: Building Blocks for Functional Systems (COORNETs)” (SPP 1928)

The Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme “Coordination Networks: Building Blocks for Functional Systems (COORNETs)” (SPP 1928). The programme is scheduled to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the second three-year funding period (2020–2022).

The specific functionalisation of interfaces and the integration of functional nanostructures into devices is a topic of up most importance in the field of material sciences. Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), a subset of Crystalline Coordination Networks (CCNs), exhibit a unique combination of properties that have already had a landmark influence in the area of gas storage and separation. Further impact of CCNs, porous (i.e. MOFs) and as well dense structures, is expected when systematically exploiting the electrical, optical, magnetic, thermal and mechanical properties of CCNs. Through the work of various national and international research groups, the fascinating prospects of integration CCN-based nanostructures and thin layers into opto-electronics, data storage, electro-chemistry, and sensor technologies, are tangible. The goal of the Priority Programme COORNETs is to strengthen the developments of these highly interdisciplinary efforts.

Aiming at CCN materials integration into functional systems, we have to go beyond tailored CCN materials and researching methodologies for the spatially controlled deposition and positioning on substrates and combination with other materials. In addition, it is mandatory to characterise the physical properties of the materials, and more fundamentally, developing (further) the experimental and theoretical means for these characterisations. Functionalities that are more sophisticated and their potentials should be explored, e.g. aiming for applications in the fields of molecular electronics, magnetism, nonlinear optics and photonics, photovoltaics, photo-/electrocatalysis as well as energy-storage and energy-conversion (e.g. components for batteries). These efforts should include a fundamental understanding of the phenomena involved. Projects dealing primarily with the synthesis and characterisation of CCN, and the application of their properties with the goals of gas storage, separation, and (thermal) catalysis are explicitly excluded. Projects dealing with 2D coordination network thin films (e.g. monolayers) without specifically targeting 3D assembly of such 2D structures are not in the focus of this call.

Formation of small consortia of two to three principle investigators (PIs) and research groups of complementary expertise concentrating on a specific topic is encouraged also for attracting newcomers to the field. At least one member of each proposed consortium must have significant competence in CCN or related materials. Single PI proposals are welcome as well, however, each consortium or project must contain research activities covering at least two of the following thematic areas:

  • New Materials Synthesis and/or Structural Characterisation
  • Physico-Chemical Properties and/or Theory and Modelling
  • System Integration and/or Function Demonstration

Proposals for the second three-year funding period must be submitted no later than
4 June 2019 via the DFG’s electronic submission system “elan”. If you are using the system for the first time, please note that you need to register yourself and your institutional address before being able to submit a proposal. Also, if you are planning to move to a different institution (e.g. with a Temporary Position for Principal Investigators), you need to update your institutional address beforehand. Please make sure that all applicants of your project (in case there is more than one) start their registration at the latest two weeks before the submission deadline.

If you would like to submit a proposal for a new project within the existing Priority Programme, please go to Proposal Submission – New Project – Priority Programmes and select “SPP 1928” from the current list of calls. Previous applicants can submit a proposal for the renewal of an existing project under Proposal Submission – Proposal Overview/Renewal Proposal.

Please follow the guidelines for project submission according to forms 50.05 (section B) and 54.01, and please note the rules for publication lists (form 1.91). All proposals must be written in English and must not exceed 20 pages. A title page with your name, address, and title of your project should be included. The role and responsibilities assigned to each principal investigator and scientific co-worker should be evident from the work programme within the proposal, specifically the tasks to be completed by PhD students or postdocs. In the case of joint proposals, the assignment of requested funds to the individual PIs should also be evident.

A COORNETs Symposium will be held on 29 and 30 April at Technische Universität München (TUM). PIs who intend to submit a proposal are encouraged to participate and contribute to this event. The review will be held during a proposal colloquium scheduled between 7 and 11 October 2019.

Please send a copy of the summary of your proposal by electronic mail to the programme’s office: Link auf E-Mailcoornets@tum.de (Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Roland A. Fischer; COORNETs’ secretary, Mr. David Mayer).

Further Information

More information on SPP 1928 is available under:

The elan system can be accessed at:

DFG forms 50.05, 54.01 and 1.91 can be downloaded at:

For scientific enquiries please contact the Priority Programme coordinator:

  • Prof. Dr. Roland A. Fischer
    Technische Universität München (TUM)
    Fakultät für Chemie
    Lehrstuhl für Anorganische und Metallorganische Chemie
    Lichtenbergstraße 4
    85748 Garching
    phone +49 89 289-13080
    mobile phone +49 172 7341841
    Link auf E-Mailroland.fischer@tum.de

For grant-related enquiries, please contact at the DFG:


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