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DFG establishes 20 new Collaborative Research Centres
Date:5/29/2012

This release is available in German.

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is to establish 20 Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) by 1 July 2012. This decision was taken by the Grants Committee at its spring session in Bonn. The new CRCs will receive funding totalling 176 million euros (including a 20 percent programme allowance for indirect project costs) for the initial 4-year funding period.

The newly established Collaborative Research Centres span the entire scientific spectrum. The humanities and social sciences teams, for example, will research the concept of heroism in a cross-cultural, long-term perspective from antiquity to the modern era, as well as the transfer of knowledge from the Old World to the Early Modern Period. One CRC from the field of psychology is devoted to decrypting the cognitive and neuronal mechanisms which underlie our voluntary control capabilities and their impairment.

One of the life sciences projects involves examining the molecular mechanisms involved in cellular quality control. From their research in this area, the researchers hope to gain a comprehensive understanding of how cells react to damage and maintain their equilibrium. Another team aims to create the basis for developing new therapies to treat multiple sclerosis, the most common chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. Despite intensive research in this area over the last few decades, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain a mystery. It is, therefore, the aim of this initiative to understand the development, progression and effects of MS.

One of the CRCs in the natural sciences aims to discover new processes in the use of functional microgels in order to facilitate the design of new interactive material characteristics. Among the new CRCs in the engineering sciences is an init
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Contact: Marco Finetti
marco.finetti@dfg.de
49-228-885-2230
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Source:Eurekalert

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