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DFG approves funding for 17 new collaborative research centers
Date:11/30/2009

This release is available in German.

The DFG has approved the establishment of 17 new Collaborative Research Centres as of 1 January 2010. This decision was made recently by the relevant Grants Committee in Bonn. The new centres will initially be funded for four years with a total of 132 million. In addition, 20 percent overhead funding for indirect costs will also be provided for each project. The centres' research topics range from modern prostheses to political reforms to marine bacteria.

The new projects will address, among other topics, communication processes within and between cells on a molecular level, new perspectives on material systems with electronic interactions, and the significance of Roseobacter clade bacteria for the carbon balance of the world's oceans.

Other topics of the new CRCs include the development of an antibiotic-free diet for swine, the causes of success or failure of political reforms, and the study of liver cancer from its molecular formation to metastasation. Six of the 17 new cooperative projects are CRC/Transregios, which are located at multiple research locations.

The Grants Committee also voted to extend nine CRCs for another funding period. As of January 2010, the DFG will thus fund a total of 244 Collaborative Research Centres.

The new Collaborative Research Centres:

Material systems with strong electronic correlations open fascinating possibilities for future generations of electronic components. Within the scope of CRC/Transregio 80, "From Electronic Correlations to Functionality", processes and instruments are to be developed that contribute new prospects for the study of electronic properties of complex homogenous and inhomogeneous systems. By dovetailing experimental and theoretical methods, the researchers in Augsburg and Munich plan to establish a forum for bas
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Contact: Marco Finetti
marco.finetti@dfg.de
49-228-885-2230
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Source:Eurekalert

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