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DFG establishes 8 new Collaborative Research Centers
Date:6/3/2008

On 01 July 2008, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) will establish eight new Collaborative Research Centres (CRC). These will be funded initially for four years with a total of 59.5 million euros. In addition, there will be a 20 percent programme lump sum for each one for indirect costs resulting from the research projects.

The themes of the newly approved Collaborative Research Centres include the development of innovative spaceship drive systems, overcoming treatment resistance in tumours and tackling anxiety disorders affecting humans. Further topics include studies in the field of hadron physics and research into molecular components at the nano-level. Five of the eight new establishments are CRC/Transregional CRCs, which are spread across several research sites.

As well as these facilities, the DFG Grants Committee responsible also voted at its spring session in Bonn for the continuation of 28 Collaborative Research Centres for a further funding period. This means that the DFG will in future be funding a total of 267 Collaborative Research Centres.

The new Collaborative Research Centres in detail: (alphabetically by host university)

Mass transport and information transfer across cellular membranes are inextricably linked to fundamental life processes. This is why membranes are equipped with an abundance of membrane proteins, which control and regulate these functions. Malfunctions in the control of transport and receptor proteins are responsible for a wide range of diseases occurring in human beings and are one of the most important approaches for medical treatments. The CRC 807 "Transport and communication through biological membranes" intends to understand the precise structures, mechanisms and functions of membrane proteins and thereby create, among other things, the foundations for new therapeutic possibilities. (Host university: Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Mai
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Contact: Marco Finetti
marco.finetti@dfg.de
49-228-885-2230
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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