Joining forces in research.
Allowing the best and brightest to work together is the most effective way to tackle the scientific and social issues facing researchers today. For this reason, researchers at the University of Bayreuth have launched a range of research associations for the joint pursuit of knowledge.
Research associations are a temporary form of collaboration. Financed by regional, domestic, and international sponsors, they draft a joint research schedule that enables the partners to work together as effectively as possible. The research associations also give our promising young scholars a chance to gain further qualifications and leadership experience.
Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments
Graduate Schools – established as part of the Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments – are recognized as leading academic destinations in Germany. The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) was established as an innovative, professionally led doctoral research centre in the field of African Studies. It offers excellent African and non-African doctoral researchers a clearly structured, individualized, application-oriented postgraduate education. By developing a network of BIGSAS partners with six African universities, first-rate doctoral supervision can also be ensured at the other institutions, thereby counteracting the so-called “brain drain” process.
GSC 144 Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies - BIGSAS since 2007
DFG Collaborative Research Centres
Collaborative Research Groups are long-term university research groups with fixed-term funding. They give researchers the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research as part of an outstanding, cross-disciplinary research programme. They facilitate scientifically ambitious, complex, long-term research by concentrating and coordinating the resources available at a university. In doing so, they help enhance the hosting university’s profile.
SFB/ Transregio 225 Biofabrication since 2018 SFB 840 From particulate nanosystems to mesotechnology since 2009
Past DFG Collaborative Research Centres
SFB 481 Complex macromolecule and hybrid systems in internal and external fields 1998 - 2010 SFB/FK 560 Local action in Africa in the context of global influences 2000 - 2007 SFB 466 Lymphoproliferation and viral immunodeficiency (subproject in cooperation with the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg) 1996 - 2007 SFB 279 Interplay between Order and Transport in Solids 1995 - 1998 SFB 214 Identity in Africa - Processes of Creation and Transformation 1984 - 1997 SFB 213 Topospecific Chemistry and Toposelective Spectroscopy of Macromolecular Systems 1984 - 1995 SFB 137 Principles and Strategies of Matter Turnover in Ecological Systems 1981 - 1992
DFG Research Units
A Research Unit is made up of a team of researchers working together on a research project. Funding provides the staff and material resources required for carrying out intensive, medium-term cooperative projects (generally six years). Research Units often contribute to establishing new research directions.
Past DFG Research Units
FOR 790 Classification of Algebraic Surfaces and Compact Complex Manifolds 2007 - 2015 FOR 655 Prioritizing in Medicine: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis in Consideration of the Public Health Insurance System (in cooperation with the Universities of Bremen and Frankfurt) 2007 - 2015 FOR 580 Electron Transfer Processes in Anoxic Aquifers 2005 - 2014 FOR 608 Nonlinear Dynamics of Complex Continua 2005 - 2011 FOR 562 Dynamics of Soil Processes 2005 - 2011 FOR 402 Functionality in a Tropical Montane Forest: Diversity, Dynamic Processes and Utilization Potentials under Ecosystem Perspectives 2001 - 2007 FOR 332 Transport Phenomena in Superconductors and Superfluids (in cooperation with the University of Regensburg) 1998 - 2001 FOR 222 Senescence Processes in Plants 1995 - 2001 FOR 102 Differential Equations in Hydrodynamics 1991 - 1997
DFG Research Training Groups
Research Training Groups are established by universities to promote young researchers. They are funded by the DFG for a period of up to nine years. Their key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research programme and a structured training strategy. Research Training Groups with an interdisciplinary approach are warmly welcomed. The aim is to prepare doctoral researchers for the complexities of the job market in science and academics and simultaneously to encourage early scientific independence.
IGRK 2156 Deep Earth Volatile Cycles (in cooperation with the University Tōhoku, Japan) since 2016 GRK 1640 Photophysics of Synthetic and Biological Multichromophoric Systems since 2010
Past DFG Research Training Groups
GRK 1565 Complex Terrain and Ecological Heterogeneity (TERRECO): Evaluating Ecosystem Services in Production versus Water Yield and Water Quality in Mountainous Landscapes 2009 - 2015 GRK 1229 Stable and Metastable Multi-Phase Systems for Elevated Service Temperatures 2006 - 2015 GRK 1148 Intellectual Property and the Public Domain 2006 - 2015 GRK 678 Ecological Significance of Natural Compounds and other Signals in Insects - from Structure to Function 2001 - 2007 GRK 698 Non-equilibrium Phenomena and Phase Transitions in Complex Systems (EGK) 2001 - 2004 GRK Rural Regional Development in the Maghreb (funded by DFG and GTZ) 1993 - 2004 GRK 63 Nonlinear Spectroscopy and Dynamics 1991 - 2000 GRK 190 Biosynthesis of Proteins and Regulation of their Activity 1991 - 2000 GRK 187 Intercultural Relations in Africa 1990 - 1999 GRK 172 Complex Manifolds 1990 - 1999 GRK Materials and Phenomena at Very Low Temperatures 1990 - 1997 GRK 137 Plant-Herbivore Systems 1987 - 1993
DFG Priority Programmes
A particular feature of the Priority Programme is the nationwide collaboration between its participating researchers through coordinated multi-location funding. The Priority Programmes aim to give clear impetus to the further development of important new topics and to encourage interdisciplinary exchange and networking.
Researchers at the University of Bayreuth coordinate the following programmes:
SPP 2006 Compositionally Complex Alloys - High Entropy Alloys (CCA - HEA) since 2017
Past DFG Priority Programmes
SPP 1415 Crystalline Non-Equilibrium Phases 2009 - 2016 SPP 1296 Heterogeneous Nucleation and Microstructure Formation: steps towards a system- and scale-bridging understanding 2007 - 2014 SPP 1166 Lanthanoid-Specific Functionalities in Molecules and Materials 2004 - 2010 SPP 1094 Global Methods in Complex Geometry 2000 - 2008
By way of its research framework programmes, The European Commission finances ambitious research projects in academic fields that are especially important politically and economically. Such research projects are conducted in large international consortia. Management of such consortia is playing an increasingly prominent role in European research. The University of Bayreuth is currently coordinating the following projects:
Joint research projects in the research framework programme HORIZON 2020
STORIES Stories of Tomorrow - Students Visions on the Future of Space Exploration 2017 - 2019 InDeWaG Industrial Development of Water Flow Glazing Systems 2015 - 2019 CREATIONS Developing an Engaging Science Classroom 2015 - 2018
Joint research projects in the 7th research framework programme
The renowned ERC Grants, on the other hand, are awarded to outstanding researchers, who carry out pioneering work in their projects.
ERC Starting Grants
Markus Retsch VISIRday: VISible to far-IR optical tuning: passive DAYtime cooling by hierarchical structures and hybrid materials 2017 - 2022
ERC Consolidator Grant
ERC Advanced Grants
Tomoo Katsura UltraLVP: Chemistry and transport properties of bridgmanite controlling lower-mantle dynamics 2018 - 2023 Dirk Schüler SYNTOMAGX: A synthetic biology approach for magnetization of foreign organisms by genetic engineering and transplantation of bacterial magnetosome biosynthesis 2016 - 2020 Fabrizio Catanese TADMICAMT: Topological, Algebraic, Differential Methods in Classification and Moduli Theory 2014 - 2019 David Rubie ACCRETE: Accretion and Early Differentiation of the Earth and Terrestrial Planets 2012 - 2017 Stephan Förster STREAM: Structural Evolution at the Nano- and Mesoscale 2012 - 2017 Daniel Frost DEEP: Deep Earth Elastic Properties and a Universal Pressure Scale 2009 - 2014
ERC Proof of Concept
Stephan Förster CONMIC: Concrete micromolds for microinjection molding 2016 - 2017
The European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska Curie measures are designed to support the mobility and career development of outstanding internationally mobile scholars and to make academic careers more attractive.
Frederik Van De Putte DYCODE: The Dynamics of Constructive Deliberation 2018 - 2020 Bouchra Marouane NARS: Novel ecological adsorbent using Schwertmannite material for Removal of Selenate and Selenite from contaminated water 2016 - 2018
The European Research Area (ERA) is divided up on the basis of its own logic regarding national funding. This division can be overcome by coordinating and synchronizing national thematic programmes. Once they are coordinated, the programmes are then advertised and implemented in transnational cooperation. ERA nets are thus based on coordinated cooperation between regional and national research funding organizations and programme agencies (in Germany: DFG, project management agencies of the federal government, ministries).
SIGNAL European gradients of resilience in the face of climate extremes 2013 - 2017
- German Federal Government ProjectsHide
Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports innovative projects and ideas in research by way of strategic funding programmes.
Special emphasis is placed on so-called "coordinated projects". Research projects coordinated at the University of Bayreuth are generally characterized by cooperative and interdisciplinary structures.
Basic research to clarify the structure-property relationship of epoxy resins and fibres from renewable raw materials for application in the secondary structure of aircraft - EcoPrepreg Volker Altstädt 2018-2020 Microplastic contamination in the Weser model system - Wattenmeer National Park: an ecosystem-wide approach (Querschnittsthema 2.1.3/2.1.4) - PLAWES Christian Laforsch 2017-2020 Sub-project: Development of glass microsphere based building materials for the energetic renovation of buildings, in a joint project: Energy modernization of the cooperative residential area Margaretenau in Regensburg - MAGGIE Thorsten Gerdes 2017-2020 Medizin 4.0 - The ethical foundation of digitization in healthcare - MED4.0-ETHIK Eckhard Nagel 2017-2020 Sub-project: Compact and robust silicon carbide power electronics for urban mobility - SiCuM; robust and efficient control Mark-M. Bakran 2017-2019 A better study environment and higher quality in teaching (2nd funding period) ProfiLehrePlus – Hochschullehre Bayern 2020 – QPL2-PLP2-UniBayreuth Frank Meyer 2016-2020 Quality campaign for teacher training: subject-related and cultural diversity at schools and universities Volker Ulm 2016-2019 Joint project Humanization of digital work through cowork space – Hierda; sub-project: development of a modular and integrative coworking space concept consisting of organisational, communication, and conflict management tools for digital and non-digital team and project work Ricarda Bouncken 2016-2019 Nanostructured transparent hybrid network electrode for large-area semitransparent solar cells - METNETWORK Mukundan Thelakkat 2016-2019 Future Africa and Beyond: Visions in Time Achim von Oppen 2016-2018 BonaRes Module A – project network SUSALPS: Sustainable use of alpine grasslands; subprojects in socio-economics (UBT-PES: Biodiversity; UBT-DE productivity and feed value) Anke Jentsch (UBT-DE)
Thomas Köllner (UBT-PES)
2015-2018 Reconditioning of lithium-ion battery systems for reuse in a second life cycle- Batt2ReUp Rolf Steinhilper 2015-2018 Collaborative project Smart Photovoltaic Inverter Box; subproject: development of thermally conductive and stress resistant base materials for high temperature PCB applications based on benzoxazine resins- Smart PVI-Box Volker Altstädt 2015-2018 Sub-project: innovative shielding for generators and motors -iShield Ralf Moos 2015-2018
Elite Network of Bavaria
The Elite Network of Bavaria is designed for exceptionally self-motivated and talented students, doctoral researchers, and postdocs. The Network ensures the best possible conditions and incentives for the highly qualified since its programmes link the teaching and research expertise of all Bavarian universities and research institutions. Elite programmes of study are open to outstanding students, while young researchers in the International Doctorate Program get the opportunity to work together closely with leading scholars while pursuing their doctoral research. Postdocs can achieve greater academic independence by joining existing elite programmes of study or international doctorate programmes and leading an international group of junior researchers.
UBT as managing university partner
Electronic excitations in light-converting systems (International group of junior researchers, Dr. Linn Leppert) since 2018 "MINT-Lehramt PLUS" (Elite Programme of Study) since 2016 Biological Physics (Elite Programme of Study) since 2016 Structural Basis of Gene Regulation by Non-coding RNA (International group of junior researchers, Dr. Claus D. Kuhn) since 2014 Global Change Ecology (Elite Programme of Study) since 2006 Macromolecular Science (Elite Programme of Study) since 2004 Structure, Reactivity and Properties of Oxide Materials (International Postgraduate Programme) 2004 - 2012 Lead Structures of Cell Function (International Postgraduate Programme) 2004 - 2012
Finance and Information Management (Elite Programme of Study, overseen by the University of Augsburg) since 2015 Receptor Dynamics: Emerging Paradigms for Novel Drugs (Postgraduate Programme, overseen by the University of Würzburg) since 2014 Advanced Materials and Processes (Elite Programme of Study, overseen by the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg) since 2005 Identification, Optimization and Control with Applications in Modern Technologies (Postgraduate Programme, overseen by the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg) 2006 - 2013 Incentives – Bavarian Graduate Program of Economics (Postgraduate Programme, overseen by the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg) 2005 - 2013 NanoCat: Nanodesign of High-Performance Catalysts (Postgraduate Programme, overseen by TU München) 2005 - 2013 Nano-Bio-Technology (Postgraduate Programme, overseen by LMU München) 2004 - 2008
Bavarian Research Associations
The Bavarian Research Associations are interdisciplinary, application-oriented research projects. They are established for a period of three or six years and include multiple locations in Bavaria. Research Associations are founded on the basis of demand. They are launched to either address consulting demands in business, society, or politics or as a result of direct investments in Bavaria's future as a research and business location. The involvement of business partners helps ensure that scientific results can be implemented swiftly.
The University of Bayreuth as lead university
ForOxiE2 Oxidation-stable and catalytically active materials for “breathing” thermo-electrochemical energy systems 2015 - 2018
Beteiligung der UBT
BH2C Bavarian Hydrogen Center 2012 - 2018 FORPRO2 Bavarian research association for efficient product and process development via knowledge-based simulation 2013 - 2016
Past Bavarian Research Associations
FORMIG Bavarian Research Network "Migration and Knowledge 2009 - 2013 FORGLAS Research Partnership for Glass Materials for Energy-Efficient Buildings 2009 - 2012 FORKAST Bavarian Research Programme "Climactic Impacts on Ecosystems and Climactic Adaptation Strategies" 2009 - 2012 FORTRANS Research Group "Transnational Networks" 2005 - 2008 FORTVER Bavarian Research Cooperation "Turbulent Combustion" 2002 - 2005
Last update: 5 September 2018