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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 20 | 27. April 2017
Priority Programme “Control of London Dispersion Interactions in Molecular Chemistry” (SPP 1807)

In March 2014 the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme “Control of London Dispersion Interactions in Molecular Chemistry” (SPP 1807). The programme is designed to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the second three-year funding period.

This Priority Programme aims at a thorough understanding and quantification of London dispersion interactions in molecular systems. These short-range electron correlation effects are the driving force for molecular aggregation that play a key role in thermodynamics, molecular recognition, chemical selectivity through transition-state stabilisation, and other phenomena. The primary goal of this programme is the development of chemical design principles that utilises dispersion interactions in the construction of novel molecular structures and in the design of chemical reactions. This can only be achieved through a tight interplay between synthesis, spectroscopy, and theory to quantitatively determine dispersion interactions. Novel experimental and theoretical capabilities have reached a stage that allows a clear-cut analysis of dispersion interactions. There are many challenges to understand and to utilise dispersion forces for the preparation of novel molecular structures, to elucidate the transition from molecular to bulk properties, and catalysis through fine tuning of dispersion-energy donors for optimising the interactions of ligands and substrates. The focus lies on the following topics:

  • Structural studies and quantification of dispersion interactions
    • Quantification of dispersion-energy donors
    • Design and preparation of novel dispersion-stabilised structures
    • Dispersion interactions in electronically excited states
  • Dispersion effects on reactivity and in catalysis
    • Transition-state stabilisation through dispersion-energy donors
    • Solvent-induced modulation of dispersion interactions
  • Theory and spectroscopy as tools for the elucidation of dispersion interactions
    • Experimental and theoretical method development to address dispersion interactions
    • Molecular spectroscopy to quantify dispersion effects and to validate theoretical results
    • Visualisation of dispersion interactions

Grant proposals should include several of the above aspects and methods or should mention the connection to complementary projects. Joint proposals of several principal investigators are also possible.

Proposals must be written in English and submitted to the DFG by 1 August 2017. Please note that proposals can only be submitted via elan, the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system.

Applicants must be registered in elan prior to submitting a proposal to the DFG. If you have not yet registered, please note that you must do so by 17 July 2017 to submit a proposal under this call. You will normally receive confirmation of your registration by the next working day. Note that you will be asked to select the appropriate Priority Programme call during both the registration and the proposal process.

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 1807” 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.

In preparing your proposal, please review the programme guidelines (form 50.05, section B) and follow the proposal preparation instructions (form 54.01). These forms can either be down-loaded from our website or accessed through the elan portal. Proposals by one applicant must not exceed 20 pages. Joint proposals may comprise five additional pages for each additional applicant. Please obey the rules for publication lists (form 1.91en). In addition to submitting your proposal via elan, please send an electronic copy including the summary to the programme coordinator Prof. Dr. Peter R. Schreiner.

The review colloquium for the Priority Programme will be held on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 November 2017 in Gießen.

Further information

More information on the Priority Programme is available under:

The elan system can be accessed at:

DFG forms 50.05 and 54.01 can be downloaded at:

For scientific enquiries please contact the Priority Programme coordinator:

Questions on the DFG proposal process can be directed to:


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