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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 (CRC; 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.

For further information about Collaboration Research Centers, please consult the website of the DFG.

Collaborative Research Centers coordinated by TUM

TRR 267: Non-Coding RNA in the Cardiovascular System

Speaker: Professor Dr. Stefan Engelhardt (Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology)
Funding: since 2019

Project description of TRR 267 on the DFG website

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

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Dirk Haller (Chair of Nutrition and Immunology at the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)
Funding: since 2019
Website: http://www.sfb1371.tum.de/

Project description of SFB 1371 on the DFG website

SFB 1335: Aberrant Immune Signals in Cancer

Speaker: Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Ruland (Chair of Clinical Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry)
Funding: since 2018
Webseite: https://sfb1335.med.tum.de/en 

Project description of SFB 1335 on the DFG website

SFB 1321: Modelling and Targeting Pancreatic Cancer

Speaker: Prof. Dr. med. Roland M. Schmid (II. Medical Clinic and Policlinic)
Funding: since 2018
Website: www.sfb1321.med.tum.de/en

Project description of SFB 1321 on the DFG website

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: since 2017
Website: http://www.sfb1258.de/

Project description of SFB 1258 on the DFG website

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
Website: www.sfb1035.tum.de

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)
Funding: since 2011
Website: sfb924.wzw.tum.de

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
Website: www.sfb863.de

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
Website: www.sfb824.de

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
: www.sfb768.tum.de

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
Website: www.sfbtr40.de

Project description of TRR 40 on the DFG website


Collaborative Research Centers with TUM 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: seit 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

SFBs/TRRs in which TUM researchers participate

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

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Volker Hohmann (University of Oldenburg)
Funding: since 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: since 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 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

TRR 237: Nucleic Acid Immunity

Speaker: Prof. Dr. med. Gunther Hartmann (University of Bonn)
Funding: since 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