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DFG-Funded Research at a Glance

Currently funded research, contact persons and institutions in all disciplines

During the coronavirus pandemic, numerous DFG-funded projects have become a focus of public attention due to their topic areas. These include projects that relate directly to coronaviruses, projects investigating the basic principles of pathogens and diseases and their pandemic potential, and those concerned with the impacts of pandemics. This page provides an overview of DFG-funded projects in which researchers are working to understand the genetic, biological, medical, environmental and also socioeconomic factors.

Here you will find selected projects which the DFG is currently funding or has funded within the last 10 years. This list will be updated with new projects as they are approved. To read more about individual projects and for further information, please refer to the project information system GEPRIS.

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Topics at a Glance

„Call for Multidisciplinary Research into Epidemics and Pandemics in Response to the Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2“: List of funded Projects

COVID-19 Focus Funding

„Call for Immunity, Host Susceptibility and Pathomechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 Infection": List of funded Projects

„Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Global South: Health Systems and Society“: List of funded Projects

Education and Corona: The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Educational Processes in the Life Course

Aerosol Particles and their Distribution: List of funded Projects

Research on Coronaviruses

The following projects are concerned with biological aspects of coronaviruses and with preclinical and clinical questions relating to coronavirus infections.

Research on pathogens, diseases and pandemics

Pathogens and diseases with pandemic potential feature in many DFG-funded projects, especially research groups that bring together biological and clinical expertise. Many projects are concerned with research questions that are not directly related to the current coronavirus pandemic but deal with a wide spectrum of fundamental questions that may be relevant to pandemics.

BiodivERsA-Call „Biodiversity and its influence on animal, human and plant health“

Since March 2020, the DFG together with European partner organisations have been funding projects submitted under the call “Biodiversity and its influence on animal, human and plant health” of the European network Externer LinkBiodivERsA. In September 2020, the European Commission decided to provide additional funding for the following two projects under this call, each of which will enable a supplementary programme of research relating to the COVID-19 pandemic to be added to the original work programme. The European Commission’s additional funding will be allocated proportionately to several researchers from Europe based on their participation in the supplementary activities of the project.

The wider context

Biological, preclinical and clinical research is not the only type of research that adds to our understanding of how to handle pandemics. Here you will find projects with research topics that may be of special interest amid the current pandemic. This selection provides a glimpse of the breadth of DFG-funded research and is not intended to be complete.

Joint Sino-German Projects

The following 20 Sino-German projects conducting research into COVID-19 are funded by the Sino-German Center (SGC) based on a call for proposals issued in May 2020.

  • Studies of structure and conformational dynamics of the SARS-CoV-2 3’UTR by integrative methods: Fang, Xianyang an der Tsinghua University und Thomas Prisner, Goethe University, Frankfurt
  • The signaling transmission process of ORF8-induced cytokine storm and targeted drug screening: Wu, Haibo, Chongqing University, und Jakob Trimpert, Freie Universität Berlin
  • CT-based Deep Learning Algorithm in Diagnosis and Evaluation of COVID-19:An International Multi-center Study: Zhang, Huimao, Jilin University, und Thorsten Persigehl, University Hospital of Cologne
  • Optical antenna and quantum dot beacon for the single molecules detection of corona virus nucleic acid: He, Zhike, Wuhan University, und Philip Tinnefeld, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München
  • Different subtypes of SARS-CoV-2 evolutionary characteristics and diagnostic strategies. Chen, Dexi, Capital Medical University, Beijing Youan Hospital, und Andreas Teufel, Heidelberg University, Medical Faculty Mannheim
  • Capture Direct Binding Proteins of SARS-CoV-2 NSP3 in Live Cells with Genetic Code Expansion: Yang, Bing, Zhejiang University, und Irene Coin, University of Leipzig
  • A humanized mouse model for COVID-19: Zuo, Wei, Tongji University, und Robert Bals, Saarland University, Homburg
  • Functionalized Protein Microparticles Spray as a Novel Approach to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Chen, Limin, Institute of Blood Transfusion, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, und Hans Bäumler, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Structural characterization of COVID-19 nsp6 clinical SNP variants and the molecular mechanism of nsp6 variants in differentially modulating host immune defense machinery: Ding, Chen, Northeastern University (NEU), und Jörg Labahn, Research Center Jülich
  • Pathological linkage study of SARS-CoV-2 N protein targeting COX-2 overexpression in transgenic mouse model: Li, Yinxiong, Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences, und Johnny Kim, MPI for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim
  • Clinical characterization and obstetrical outcomes of pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 infection: Pan, Xingfei, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, und Jutta Schroeder-Braunstein, University Hospital Heidelberg
  • GRP78- and P2X7-mediated effects of SARS-CoV-2 on leukocyte function: Lei, Ping, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, und Alexander Choukér, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • Hierarchically Ternary Core-Layered Composition for Photothermally Reusable Masks: Yang, Xiaoyu, Wuhan University of Technology, und Christoph Janiak, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • Willingness to participate in COVID-19 vaccination research and immunization campaigns: nationally representative online surveys in China, Germany and United States: Wang, Chen, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, und Chen, Simiao, Heidelberg University
  • Investigating the role and therapeutic potential of cysteine metabolism in severe endothelial injury induced by SARSCoV-2 infection: Wang, Daowen, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, und Ingrid Fleming, Goethe University, Frankfurt
  • Investigating severe inflammatory effects of SARS-CoV-2 proteins: Li, Jiayi, China Medical University, und Tiago Outeiro, University Medical Center Goettingen
  • Metabolic characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 patients from different clinical status: severe/critical, lethal, discharged, and re-positive: Mei, Qi, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, und Li, Jian, University of Bonn
  • Identification of the role of accessory protein 7a in SARS-CoV-2 attachment and entry towards immune cells: Zheng, Zhenhua, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, und Zhang, Linlin, University of Lübeck
  • Analysis of cross-reactive, pre-existing memory CD4+ T lymphocytes against SARS-CoV-2 and their role in SARS-CoV-2 immunity: Qin, Zhihai, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, und Dong, Jun, German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin
  • Discovery of Orally Available SARS-CoV-2 Mpro and PLpro Inhibitors Using Advanced Multiple Ligand Simultaneous Docking and Drug Repositioning: Yu, Wenying, China Pharmaceutical University, und Rolf Hilgenfeld, University of Lübeck

Information portals

GEPRIS is a database of DFG-funded projects. If you are looking for suitable contacts or research partners, here you will find information on research being carried out in DFG projects, which you can filter by various criteria.

Externer Link- GEPRIS

GERiT provides an overview of more than 29,000 research institutes in Germany. Here you will find profile information, links to DFG-funded projects and much more.

Externer Link- GERiT