Collaborative Research Centers (SFB)

Here you will find an overview of all Collaborative Research Centers the Technical University of Munich is involved in.

What are Collaborative Research Centers?

  • Collaborative Research Centers (short SFB for german ‘Sonderforschungsbereich’) are university research projects which are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), generally for a period of up to 12 years.
  • Transregional Collaborative Research Centers (referred to as TRR) are created when two or three universities apply for funding and jointly steer the research project.
  • Sub-projects of other universities or research institutes may be involved.
  • Collaborative Research Centers provide a platform for conducting complex, long-term research.
  • In particular, they support the professional development of young scientists, promoting cooperation across different disciplines, fields of specialization, institutes and faculties.
  • These collaborative alliances strengthen the academic relationships between universities and other research institutes.

Collaborative Research Centers coordinated by TUM

SFB 1371: Microbiome Signatures - Functional Relevance in the Digestive Tract

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Dirk Haller (Chair of Nutrition and Immunology)
Funding: from 2019

SFB 1335: Aberrant Immune Signals in Cancer

Speaker: Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Ruland (Chair of Clinical Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry)
Funding: from 7/2018

SFB 1321: Modelling and Targeting Pancreatic Cancer

Speaker: Prof. Dr. med. Roland M. Schmid (II. Medical Clinic and Policlinic)
Funding: from 7/2018

SFB 1258: Neutrinos and Dark Matter in Astro- and Particle Physics (NDM)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Elisa Resconi (Professor of Experimental Physics with Cosmic Particles at the Department of Physics)
Funding: from 2017

SFB 1035: Control of Protein Function by Conformational Switching

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchner (Chair of Biotechnology at the Department of Chemistry)
Funding: since 2012

Project description of SFB 1035 on the DFG website

SFB 924: Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Yield and Yield Stability in Plants

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Claus Schwechheimer (Chair of Plant Systems Biology at the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)
: since 2011

Project description of SFB 924 at the DFG website

SFB 863: Forces in Biomolecular Systems

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Matthias Rief (Chair of Molecular Biophysics at the Department of Physics)
Funding: since 2010

Project description of SFB 863 on the DFG website

SFB 824: Imaging for Selection, Monitoring and Individualisation of Cancer Therapies

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Markus Schwaiger (Chair of Nuclear Clinic and Policlinic at the TUM School of Medicine)
Funding: since 2009

Project description of SFB 824 on the DFG website

SFB 768: Managing Cycles in Innovation Processes – Integrated Development of Product Service Systems Based on Technical Products

Speaker: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Vogel-Heuser (Chair of Automation and Information Systems at the Department of Mechanical Engineering)
: since 2008

Project description of SFB 768 on the DFG website

TRR 40: Technological Foundations for the Design of Thermally and Mechanically Highly Loaded Components of Future Space Transportation Systems

Speaker: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nikolaus Adams (Chair of Aerodynamics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Funding: since 2008

Project description of TRR 40 on the DFG website



Collaborative Research Centers with participation

Participation as co-applicant

TRR 235: Emergence of Life: Exploring Mechanisms with Cross-Disciplinary Experiments

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Dieter Braun (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Co-Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Gerland (Technical University of Munich)
Funding: from 7/2018

TRR 179: Determinants and dynamics of elimination versus persistence of hepatitis virus infection

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager (Heidelberg University)
Co-speaker: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Protzer (Technical University of Munich)
Funding: since 2016

TRR 128: Initiating/Effector versus Regulatory Mechanisms in Multiple Sclerosis - Progress towards Tackling the Disease

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Heinz Wiendl (University of Münster)
Funding: since 2012

TRR 110: Symmetries and the Emergence of Structure in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ulf Meißner Rheinische (University of Bonn)
Funding: since 2012

TRR 109: Discretisation in Geometry and Dynamics

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Alexander Bobenko (Technische Universität Berlin)
Co-speaker: Prof. Dr. Folkmar Bornemann (Technical University of Munich)
Funding: since 2012

TRR 89: Invasive Computing

Speaker: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Teich (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Co-speaker: Prof. Dr. Andreas Herkersdorf (Technical University of Munich)
Funding: since 2010

TRR 80: From Electronic Correlations to Functionality

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Philipp Gegenwart (University of Augsburg)
Co-speaker: Prof. Dr. Christian Pfleiderer (Technical University of Munich)
Funding: since 2010

Participation in research

SFB 1330: Hearing Acoustics: Perceptual Principles, Algorithms and Applications

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Volker Hohmann (University of Oldenburg)
Funding: from 7/2018

SFB 1320: EASE – Everyday Activity Science and Engineering

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Michael Beetz (University of Bremen)
Funding: since 2017

SFB 1309: Chemical Biology of Epigenetic Modifications

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Thomas Carell (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Funding: from 7/2018

SFB 1243: Genetic and Epigenetic Evolution of Hematopoietic Neoplasms

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Heinrich Leonhardt (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Funding: since 2016

SFB 1233: Robust Vision — Inference Principles and Neural Mechanisms

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Matthias Bethge (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)
Funding: since 2017

SFB 1158: From nociception to chronic pain: Structure-function properties of neural pathways and their reorganisation

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Rohini Kuner (Heidelberg University)
Funding: since 2015

SFB 1123: Atherosclerosis: Mechanisms and Networks of Novel Therapeutic Targets

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christian Weber (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Funding: since 2014

SFB 1054: Control and Plasticity of Cell-Fate Decisions in the Immune System

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Thomas Brocker (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Funding: since 2013

SFB 1032: Nanoagents for Spatio-temporal Control of Molecular and Cellular Reactions

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Joachim Rädler (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Funding : since 2012

SFB 870: Assembly and Function of Neuronal Circuits in Sensory Processing

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Benedikt Grothe (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Funding: since 2010

SFB 749: Dynamics and Intermediates of Molecular Transformations

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Thomas Carell (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Funding: since 2007

TRR 237: Nucleic Acid Immunity

Speaker: Prof. Dr. med. Gunther Hartmann (University of Bonn)
Funding: from 7/2018

TRR 174:  Spatiotemporal dynamics of bacterial cells

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Martin Thanbichler (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
Funding: since 2017

TRR 165: Waves to Weather

Speaker: Prof. Dr. George Craig (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Funding: since 2015

TRR 152: TRiPs to Homeostasis: Maintenance of Body Homeostasis by Transient Receptor Potential Channel Modules

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Thomas Gudermann (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Funding: since 2014

TRR 127: Biology of Xenogeneic Cell and Organ Transplantation – From Bench to Bedside

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Eckhard Wolf (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Funding: since 2012


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