Programms funded by German Research Foundation (DFG)

Scientists at TU Darmstadt work in many coordinated programmes funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). These programmes include collaborative research centres, transregios, priority programmes, research training groups and research units.

Collaborative Research Centres and Transregios at TU Darmstadt

In the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB or CRC) programme, the German Research Foundation (DFG) promotes academically challenging, long-term interdisciplinary projects that contribute to building the profiles of the universities involved. A traditional Collaborative Research Centre is generally run by the scientists and researchers at one university, while Transregios are applied for and implemented in contrast by multiple universities together.

The DFG funds ambitious interdisciplinary projects within the framework of Collaborative Research Centres.

You will find all of the Collaborative Research Centres and Transregios that are being coordinated by the scientists and researchers at TU Darmstadt or in which TU Darmstadt is participating, as well as the completed projects at TU Darmstadt or those with TU Darmstadt participation, in the list below.

Information about the application process and about the funding programme Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio can be found on the DFG website.

Number Title Coordinator
1245 Nuclei: From Fundamental Interactions to Structure and Stars Prof. Dr. Achim Schwenk
Theory Center
Department of Physics
1194 Interaction between Transport and Wetting Processes Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Stephan
Technical Thermodynamics
Department of Mechanical Engineering
1119 CROSSING – Cryptography-Based Security Solutions: Enabling Trust in New and Next Generation Computing Environment Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchmann
Working Group Theoretical Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
1053 MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Steinmetz
Multimedia Communications Lab
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
805 Control of Uncertainties in Load-Carrying Structures in Mechanical Engineering Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pelz
Working Group Fluid Systems
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Number Title Coordinator
TRR 270 (from 1.1.2020) Hysterese-Design magnetischer Materialien für effiziente Energieumwandlung Prof. Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch
Functional Materials
TU Darmstadt
Representative:
Prof. Dr. Michael Farle
Universität Duisburg-Essen
TRR 211 Strong-Interaction Matter under Extreme Conditions Prof. Dr. Dirk H. Rischke
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University
Representative for TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Jochen Wambach
Department of Physics
TRR 154 Mathematical Modelling, Simulation and Optimization using the Example of Gas Networks Prof. Dr. Alexander Martin
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Representative for TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Jens Lang
Department of Mathematics
TRR 150 Turbulent chemisch reagierende Mehrphasenströmungen in Wandnähe Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Janicka
Working Group Energy and Power Plant Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Representative:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Dreizler
Department of Mechanical Engineering
TRR 146 Multiscale Simulation Methods for Soft Matter Systems Prof. Dr. Friederike Schmid,
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Representative for TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Nico van der Vegt
Department of Chemistry
TRR 129 Oxyflame – Development of methods and models to describe solid fuel reactions within an oxy-fuel atmosphere Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Kneer
RWTH Aachen
Representative for TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Janicka,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
TRR 75 Droplet Dynamics Under Extreme Ambient Conditions Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weigand
University of Stuttgart
Representative for TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Cameron Tropea
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Number Title Coordinator
666 Integral Sheet Metal Design with Higher Order Bifurcations Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Groche
Institute for Production Engineering and Forming Machines
Department of Mechanical Engineering
634 Nuclear Structure, Nuclear Astrophysics and Fundamental Experiments at Low Momentum Transfer at the Superconducting Darmstadt Accelerator (S-DALINAC) Prof. Dr. Norbert Pietralla,
Institute for Nuclear Physics
Department of Physics
595 Electric Fatigue in Functional Materials Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Rödel
Research Group Nonmetallic Inorganic Materials
Department of Materials and Earth Sciences
568 Flow and Combustion in Future Gas Turbine Combustion Chambers Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Janicka
Research Group Energy and Power Plant Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering
392 Design for Environment Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reiner Anderl
Research Group Computer Integrated Design
Department of Mechanical Engineering
298 Deformation and failure in metallic and granular structures Prof. Kolumban Hutter Ph.D.
Research Group Fluid Mechanics
Department of Mechanical Engineering
241 Innovative Mechatronic Systems (IMES) Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Rolf Isermann
Institute for Control Systems and Process Automation
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
199 Molecular Ecophysiology of Plants Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ernst Lüttge
Institute for Botany
Department of Biology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Janicka

Energy and Power Plant Technology

Department for Mechanical Engineering

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The DFG liaison officer provides scientists at TU Darmstadt with advice on the funding opportunities offered by the DFG.

Research Training Groups at TU Darmstadt

The Research Training Group (GRK or RTG) programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) promotes outstanding and particularly innovative research projects, which are inextricably linked to the structured training of young researchers in each relevant field. The key emphasis is the qualification of doctoral students within the framework of a focused research programme and the development of a structured training strategy designed to prepare them for the complex job market for scientists and researchers. The aim is for the doctoral students to develop an early scientific independence and to shorten the time taken to gain their PhDs.

Aircraft engines through to cell reactions: the DFG is currently funding six Research Training Groups (GRKs) at TU Darmstadt.

You will find all of the Research Training Groups that are coordinated by the scientists and researchers at TU Darmstadt in the following list.

Information on the application process and on the Research Training Group programme can be found on the DFG website.

Number Title Coordinator
(from 1st half 2020)
Werkstoffverbunde aus Verbundwerkstoffen für Anwendungen unter extremen Bedingungen
Professor Ralf Riedel
Group Dispersive Solids
TU Darmstadt
Professor Martin Heilmaier
Institute for Applied Materials IAM-WK
KIT – Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
2222 KRITIS – Kritische Infrastrukturen. Konstruktion, Funktionskrisen und Schutz in Städten Prof. Dr. Ivo Engels
Modern and Contemporary History
Department of History and Social Sciences
Prof. Dr. Jochen Monstadt
Spatial and Infrastructure Planning
Department of Architecture
2128 Accelerator Science and Technology for Energy Recovery Linacs Prof. Dr. Norbert Pietralla
Institut for Nuclear Physics
Department of Physics
2050 Privacy and Trust for Mobile Users Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser
Research Group Telecooperation
Department of Computer Science
1994 Adaptive Preparation of Information from Heterogeneous Sources Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych
Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab
Department of Computer Science
Other department involved: Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
1657 Molecular and cellular responses to ionizing radiation Prof. Dr. Gerhard Thiel
Institute for Botany
Prof. Dr. Markus Löbrich
Institute for Zoology
Department of Biology
Other departments involved: Physics, Chemistry
Number Title Coordinator
1529 Mathematical Fluid Dynamics
Internationales Graduiertenkolleg
Prof. Dr. Matthias Hieber
AG Analysis
Department of Mathematics,
Kooperationspartner: University of Tokyo, Waseda University, Japan
1362 Cooperative, Adaptive and Responsive Monitoring in Mixed Environments Prof. Dr. Oskar von Stryk
Simulation, Systems Optimization and Robotics Group
Other Departments involved: Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering
1344 Instationäre Systemmodellierung von Flugtriebwerken Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Janicka
Research Group on Energy and Power Plant Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Other Departments involved: Mathematics
1343 Topologie der Technik Prof. Dr. phil. Petra Gehring
Institute of Philosophy
Prof. Dr. phil. Mikael Hård
Institute of History
Department of History and Social Sciences
1223 Qualitätsverbesserung im E-Learning durch rückgekoppelte Prozesse Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser
Telecooperation Group
Department of Computer Science
Weitere beteiligte Fachbereiche: Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, History and Social Sciences, Human Sciences
1114 Optical Measuring Techniques for the Characterisation of Transport Processes at Interfaces Prof. Dr.-Ing. Cameron Tropea
Research Group Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Other Departments involved: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
1037 Tunable Integrable Components in Microwave Technology and Optics Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Jakoby
Research Group Wireless Communications
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Other Departments involved: Physics, Materials Sciences
1223 Quality Management in E-learning through feedback processes Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser
Telecooperation Group
Department of Computer Science
Other Departments involved: Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Civil Engineering, History and Social Sciences, Humanities
853 Modelling, Simulation and Optimisation of Engineering Applications Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Schäfer
Research Group Numerical Calculation Methods in Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Other Departments involved: Mathematics, Mechanics
749 System Integration for Ubiquitous Computing in the Information Technology Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Manfred Glesner
Research Group Microelectronic Systems
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
492 Enabling Technologies for e-Commerce Prof. Alejandro P. Buchmann, Ph. D.
Research Group Database and Distributed Systems
Department of Computer Science
410 Physics and Technology of Accelerators Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Achim Richter
Institute for Nuclear Physics,
Department of Physics
Other Department involved: Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
(also: University of Mainz, University of Frankfurt and GSI)
340 Communication in Biological Systems: From the Molecule to the Organism in the Environment Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Felicitas Pfeifer
Institute for Microbiology and Genetics
Department of Biology
Other Department involved: Physics
309 Technology and Society Prof. Dr. phil. Petra Gehring
Institute for Philosophy
Department of History and Social Sciences
274 Kinetics and Mechanisms of Ion Reactions Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Dinse
Institute for Physical Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
91 Modelling and Numerical Descriptions of Technical Fluid Flows Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Janicka
Research Group on Energy and Power Plant Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Other Departments involved: Mathematics, Mechanics
53 Intelligent Systems for Information and Automation Technology Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Manfred Glesner
Institute for Data Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Research Units at TU Darmstadt

The Research Unit (FOR) programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) promotes close cooperation between outstanding researchers, who work together on a common research task. The scope of these research projects goes far beyond the funding opportunities offered by the individual grants programme of the DFG. The funding of Research Units is designed to provide the necessary personnel and material resources for medium-term, close cooperation. Research Units also often contribute to the establishment new directions of research.

DFG Research Units are made up of multiple scientists working together on a common research task.

In the following list, you will find the ongoing and completed Research Units at TU Darmstadt, as well as those where TU Darmstadt has participated in external Research Units.

Information on the Research Unit programme and on making an application can be found on the DFG website.

Number Title Coordinator
1748 Networks on Networks: The interplay of structure and dynamics in spatial ecological networks Prof. Dr. Barbara Drossel
Institute for Condensed Matter Physics
Department of Physics
1583 Hydrogen-Bonded Liquids Subject to Interfaces of Various Hydroaffinities Prof. Dr. Michael Vogel
Institute for Condensed Matter Physics
Department of Physics
Participation in external DFG Research Units
1920 Symmetry, Geometry, and Arithmetic Prof. Dr. Alexander Schmidt
Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Jan Hendrik Brunier
1745 International Public Administration. The Emergence and Development of Administrative Patterns and their Effects on International Policy-Making (IPA) Prof. Dr. Christoph Knill
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Arthur Benz
Number Title Coordinator
1730 Local Formation of Knowledge Relevent for Chosing Specific Local Strategies and Measures against Climate Change Prof. Dr. Hubert Heinelt
Institute for Political Science
Department of History and Social Sciences
1585 Multiport Bone Surgery at the Otobase Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Jörg Schipper
University Hospital of Düsseldorf
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. techn. Dieter Fellner
1525 INUIT – Ice Nuclei research UnIT Prof. Dr. Joachim Curtius
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Martin Ebert
1509 Ferroische Funktionsmaterialien Mehrskalige Modellierung und experimentelle Charakterisierung Professor Dr.-Ing. Jörg Schröder
Universität Duisburg-Essen
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Bai-Xiang Xu
934 Relative and absolute configurations of dissolved molecules by NMR-spectroscopy in orienting media Professor Dr. Michael Reggelin
Clemens-Schöpf-Institut for Organic Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
733 Improvement of the Quality of Peer-to-Peer Systems by Systematically Researching Quality Features and Their Interdependencies Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Steinmetz
Multimedia Communications Lab
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
575 High Frequency Parasitic Effects in Inverter-fed Electrical Drives Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Binder
Research Group Electrical Energy Conversion
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
493 Fluid-Structure Interaction: Modelling, Simulation, Optimisation Prof. Dr. Michael Schäfer
Institute for Numerical Methods
Department of Mechanical Engineering
486 Combustion Noise Initiative Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Janicka
Research Group Energy and Power Plant Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering
272 Studies on the Effects of Multiple Particles in Atomic Nuclei with Elektrons and Photons on the S-DALINAC and Further Development of the Accelerator Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Achim Richter
Institute for Nuclear Physics
Department of Physics
250 Baugrund-Tragwerk-Interaktion Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Katzenbach,
Geotechnical Institute
Department of Civil Engineering and Geodesy
Completed participations in external DFG Research Units
1088 Controlling the Energy Consumption in Production and Increasing the Energy Efficiency by Automation (ECOMATION) Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Verl
University of Stuttgart
TU Darmstadt
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Abele
1066 Stall Simulation of Wings and Engine Nacelles Professor Dr.-Ing. Rolf Radespiel
TU Braunschweig
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz-Peter Schiffer
727 Beyond Ni-Base Superalloys Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Heilmaier
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Karsten Albe
714 Plasticity in Nanocrystalline Metals and Alloys Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Weißmüller
TU Hamburg-Harburg
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Karsten Albe
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst Hahn
703 Rift Dynamics, Uplift and Climate Change in Equatorial Africa: Interdisciplinary Research linking Asthenospere, Lithosphere, Biosphere and Atmosphere Prof. Dr. Georg Rümpker
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Matthias Hinderer
565 Polyhedral Surfaces Prof. Dr. Alexander Bobenko
TU Berlin
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Michael Joswig
539 Saharan Mineral Dust Experiment SAMUM PD Dr. Albert Ansmann
Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Stephan Weinbruch
538 Doping Dependence of Phase Transitions and Ordering Phenomena in Cuprate Superconductors Dr. Rudolf Hackl
Walther Meissner Institute
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Lambert Alff
508 Noise Generation in Turbulent Flow Prof. Dr. Claus-Dieter Munz
University of Stuttgart
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Oberlack
507 Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of complex flows Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Manhart
TU München
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Cameron Tropea
456 The role of Biodiversity for element cycling and trophic interactions: An experimental approach in a grassland community Prof. Dr. Wolfgang W. Weisser
TU München
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Stefan Scheu
436 Polymorphism, Dynamics and Function of Water at Molecular Surfaces Prof. Dr. Roland Winter
TU Dortmund University
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Franz Fujara
426 Complex RNA-protein interactions in the maturation and function of eukaryotic mRNA Professor Dr. Elmar Wahle
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Göringer
402 Functionality in a Tropical Mountain Forest: Diversity, Dynamic Processes and Utilization Potentials under Ecosystem Perspectives Prof. Dr. Erwin Beck
University of Bayreuth
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Stefan Scheu
384 Nondestructive evaluation of concrete structures using acoustic and electro-magnetic methods Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Wolf Reinhardt
University of Stuttgart
TU Darmstadt:
Dr. Otto Kroggel
321 Submillimeter Wave Circuit Technology Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Schünemann
TU Hamburg-Harburg
TU Darmstadt:
Prof. Dr. Eng. Dr.-Ing. h.c. Hans Hartnagel

DFG Priority Programmes at TU Darmstadt

The funding instrument “Priority Programme” (SPP) of the German Research Foundation (DFG) promotes nationwide collaboration between scientists. Priority Programmes are designed to give clear impetus to the advancement of research through the coordinated, multi-location funding of important new topics. Special characteristics of the Priority Programmes thus include the achievement of new levels of quality in terms of the topics, the collaboration or the methodology, creating added value through collaboration between different disciplines (interdisciplinarity) and the development of networks.

Priority programmes promote supra-regional collaboration in research.

You will find all of the Priority Programmes that are coordinated by scientists at TU Darmstadt in the following list.

Information on the application process and on the format of the priority programmes can be found on the DFG website.

Number Title Coordinator
1857 ESSENCE – Electromagnetic Sensors for Life Sciences Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Jakoby
Institut for Microwave Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
1640 Joining by Plastic Deformation Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Inf. Peter Groche
Institute for Production Engineering and Forming Machines
Department of Mechanical Engineering
1613 Fuels Produced Regeneratively Through Light-Driven Water Splitting: Clarification of the Elemental Processes Involved and Prospects for Implementation in Technological Concepts Prof. Dr. Wolfram Jaegermann
Research Group Surface Science
Department of Materials and Earth Sciences