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Priority Programs (SPP)

The following provides an overview of German Research Foundation (DFG) priority programs coordinated by the Technical University of Munich.

What are priority programs?

  • Priority programs are coordinated university programs that are funded by the German Research Foundation and typically run for six years.
  • They aim to deliver tangible impetus for scientific development by providing coordinated support for important new research topics throughout Germany.
  • The projects are characterized by their outstanding quality and focus on highly original topics and/or methodologies. They lay the foundations for emerging fields.
  • In particular, the projects focus on supporting young scientists and promoting collaboration across different disciplines, fields, institutes and departments.
  • These collaborations strengthen relationships between universities and other research institutes.

Visit the DFG website for more information about priority programs.

Priority programs coordinated at TUM

SPP 2137 “Skyrmionics: Topological Spin Phenomena in Real-Space for Applications”

Speaker:Professor Dr. Christian Pfleiderer (Department of Physics, Chair of Topology of Correlated Systems)
Funding: from 2018

SPP 2013 “The utilization of residual stresses induced by metal forming”

Speaker:Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram Volk, (Chair of Metal Forming and Casting, Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Funding: from 2017

Project description of SPP 2013 on the DFG website

SPP 1928 “Coordination Networks: Building Blocks for Functional Systems” (COORNETs)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Roland A. Fischer (Chair of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry)
Funding: since 2016
Website: http://www.coornets.tum.de

Project description of SPP 1928 on the DFG website

SPP 1914 “Cyber-Physical Networking” (CPN)

Speaker:Prof Dr.-Ing. Sandra Hirche (Chair of Information-oriented Control, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Funding: since 2016
Website: http://www.cpn.itr.ei.tum.de/home/

Project description of SPP 1914 on the DFG website (German only)

SPP 1839 “Tailored Disorder – A science- and engineering-based approach to design materials for advanced photonic applications”

Speaker:Prof. Dr. Cordt Zollfrank (Chair of Biogenic Polymers, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)
Funding: since 2015

Project description of SPP 1839 on the DFG website

SPP 1656 “Intestinal Microbiota - A Microbial Ecosystem at the Edge between Immune Homeostasis and Inflammation”

Speaker:Prof. Dr. Dirk Haller (Chair of Nutrition and Immunology, TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)
Funding: 2013–2016

Project description of SPP 1656 on the DFG website

SPP 1648 “Software for Exascale Computing”

Speakers:Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Bungartz (Chair of Scientific Computing, Department of Informatics), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang E. Nagel (Center of Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH), Technische Universität Dresden)
Funding: since 2012

Project description of SPP 1648 on the DFG website

SPP 1551 “Resource Efficient Constructional Elements”