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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

Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments

The goal of the “Excellence Strategy” is to strengthen science in Germany in the long term. Towards this end, German universities are to further improve their international competitiveness. With this funding programme, scientific developments successfully initiated as part of the Excellence Initiative (2005-2017) at German universities will be continued as of 2019.  The funding specifically targets scientific achievement, strategic profile development at universities, and cooperation within the scientific system.

Clusters of Excellence

Clusters of Excellence are consequential, internationally competitive fields of research at universities or within university networks. They combine scientific excellence with a coherent research concept for the development of their specific field of research, to further interdisciplinary collaboration and international networking. Clusters of Excellence are funded for 7 years on an individual project basis. Their strategic development plan regarding organisation and further development is closely coordinated with the development strategy of the university.

EXC 2052Africa Multiple2019 - 2025
GSC 144Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies - BIGSAS2007 - 2019
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 1357
since 2019
SFB/ Transregio 225
since 2018
SFB 840From particulate nanosystems to mesotechnologysince 2009

Past DFG Collaborative Research Centres

SFB 481Complex macromolecule and hybrid systems in internal and external fields1998 - 2010
SFB/FK 560Local action in Africa in the context of global influences2000 - 2007
SFB 466Lymphoproliferation and viral immunodeficiency (subproject in cooperation with the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg)1996 - 2007
SFB 279Interplay between Order and Transport in Solids1995 - 1998
SFB 214Identity in Africa - Processes of Creation and Transformation1984 - 1997
SFB 213Topospecific Chemistry and Toposelective Spectroscopy of Macromolecular Systems1984 - 1995
SFB 137Principles and Strategies of Matter Turnover in Ecological Systems1981 - 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 2156Deep Earth Volatile Cycles (in cooperation with the University Tōhoku, Japan)2016 - 2021
GRK 1640Photophysics of Synthetic and Biological Multichromophoric Systems2010 - 2019

Past DFG Research Training Groups

GRK 1565Complex Terrain and Ecological Heterogeneity (TERRECO): Evaluating Ecosystem Services in Production versus Water Yield and Water Quality in Mountainous Landscapes2009 - 2015
GRK 1229Stable and Metastable Multi-Phase Systems for Elevated Service Temperatures2006 - 2015
GRK 1148Intellectual Property and the Public Domain2006 - 2015
GRK 678Ecological Significance of Natural Compounds and other Signals in Insects - from Structure to Function2001 - 2007
GRK 698Non-equilibrium Phenomena and Phase Transitions in Complex Systems (EGK)2001 - 2004
GRKRural Regional Development in the Maghreb (funded by DFG and GTZ)1993 - 2004
GRK 63Nonlinear Spectroscopy and Dynamics1991 - 2000
GRK 190Biosynthesis of Proteins and Regulation of their Activity1991 - 2000
GRK 187Intercultural Relations in Africa1990 - 1999
GRK 172Complex Manifolds1990 - 1999
GRKMaterials and Phenomena at Very Low Temperatures1990 - 1997
GRK 137Plant-Herbivore Systems1987 - 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 2370 Nitroconversion: Interlinking Catalysts, Mechanisms and Reactor Concepts for the Conversion of Dinitrogen by Electrocatalytic, Photocatalytic and Photoelectrocatalytic Methods seit 2021
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
DFG Emmy Noether Junior Research GroupsHide

Researchers from the University of Bayreuth lead the following Emmy Noether junior research groups:

Marie SpohnStoichiometric homeostasis of soil microorganisms as a driver of element cycling in grasslands2016 - 2020

Recently completed DFG Emmy Noether Junior Research Groups

Hauke MarquardtStructure and Elasticity of GeoMaterials at extreme conditions2014 - 2018
Frank HahnChemoenzymatic Total Synthesis of Ambruticins and Jerangolids2013 - 2018
EU-Research Framework ProgrammesHide

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 Horizon 2020


Microplastics In Europe’s Freshwater Ecosystems: from sources to solutions2019 - 2023
TADFlifeUsing the smart matrix approach to enhance TADF-OLED efficiency and lifetime2018 - 2022
STORIESStories of Tomorrow - Students Visions on the Future of Space Exploration2017 - 2019
InDeWaGIndustrial Development of Water Flow Glazing Systems2015 - 2019
CREATIONSDeveloping an Engaging Science Classroom2015 - 2018

The renowned ERC Grants, on the other hand, are awarded to outstanding researchers, who carry out pioneering work in their projects.

ERC Starting Grants in Horizon 2020

Remco HinVapLoss: The chemical consequences of vapour loss during planetary accretion2021 - 2025
Jana HönkeINFRAGLOB:  Africa’s Infrastructure Globalities: Rethinking Political Geographies from the Global South2018 - 2023
Markus RetschVISIRday: VISible to far-IR optical tuning: passive DAYtime cooling by hierarchical structures and hybrid materials2017 - 2022

ERC Consolidator Grant in Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and in Horizon 2020

Alena RettováPhiGe: Philosophy and Genre: Creating a Textual Basis for African Philosophy2020 - 2025
Christoph ThomasDarkMix: Illuminating the dark side of surface meteorology: creating a novel framework to explain atmospheric transport and turbulent mixing in the weak-wind boundary layer2017 - 2022
Birte HöckerProtein Logo: Protein Design from Sub-domain Sized Fragments2015 - 2020
Tillmann LüdersPOLLOX: Anaerobic Pollutant Degradation with Oxygen2014 - 2020

ERC Advanced Grants in Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and in Horizon 2020

Tomoo KatsuraUltraLVP: Chemistry and transport properties of bridgmanite controlling lower-mantle dynamics2018 - 2023
Dirk SchülerSYNTOMAGX: A synthetic biology approach for magnetization of foreign organisms by genetic engineering and transplantation of bacterial magnetosome biosynthesis2016 - 2020
Fabrizio CataneseTADMICAMT: Topological, Algebraic, Differential Methods in Classification and Moduli Theory2014 - 2020
David RubieACCRETE: Accretion and Early Differentiation of the Earth and Terrestrial Planets2012 - 2017
Stephan FörsterSTREAM: Structural Evolution at the Nano- and Mesoscale2012 - 2017
Daniel FrostDEEP: Deep Earth Elastic Properties and a Universal Pressure Scale2009 - 2014

ERC Proof of Concept in Horizon 2020

Stephan FörsterCONMIC: Concrete micromolds for microinjection molding2016 - 2017

ERC Synergy Grants in Horizon 2020

Birte Höcker
(Universität Bayreuth)
Heiner Linke
(Lunds Universitet)
Paul Curmi (University of New South Wales)
ArtMotor: Artificial Motor Proteins: toward a designed, autonomous protein motor built from non-motor parts2020 - 2026

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.

Marie-Skłodowska-Curie-Actions: Individual Fellowships in Horizon 2020

Guto RhysDENOPHECK: Purposing de novo protein scaffolds for the Heck reaction2020 - 2022
Frederik Van De PutteDYCODE: The Dynamics of Constructive Deliberation2018 - 2020
Bouchra MarouaneNARS: Novel ecological adsorbent using Schwertmannite material for Removal of Selenate and Selenite from contaminated water2016 - 2018
EU-ERA-Nets Hide

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).

Diversity components in mosquito-borne diseases in face of climate change
2020 - 2023
SIGNALEuropean gradients of resilience in the face of climate extremes2013 - 2017
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

Messung von ultrafeinen Partikeln im Umfeld des Flughafens München
2020 - 2023
AquaKlifEffects of multiple stressors on streams in climate change2018 - 2023

Participation of the UBT

BayÖkotoxEcotoxicology in Bavaria2020 - 2023

Past Bavarian Research Associations

BayKlimaFitStrategies for the Adaption of Crop Plants to The Climate Change2016 - 2019
ForOxiE2Oxidation-stable and catalytically active materials for “breathing” thermo-electrochemical energy systems 2015 - 2018
BH2CBavarian Hydrogen Center2012 - 2018
BayBioTechSustainable Biotechnology in Bavaria2015 - 2018
FORPRO2Bavarian research association for efficient product and process development via knowledge-based simulation 2013 - 2016
FORMIGBavarian Research Network "Migration and Knowledge2009 - 2013
FORGLASResearch Partnership for Glass Materials for Energy-Efficient Buildings2009 - 2012
FORKASTBavarian Research Programme "Climactic Impacts on Ecosystems and Climactic Adaptation Strategies"2009 - 2012
FORTRANSResearch Group "Transnational Networks"2005 - 2008
FORTVERBavarian Research Cooperation "Turbulent Combustion"2002 - 2005
​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 - EcoPrepregVolker Altstädt2018-2020

Rhizosphere traits enhancing yield resilience to drought in modern cropping system – RhizoTraitsJohanna Pausch2020-2024
Universität und Berufsschule - Symbiose für LehrerbildungVolker Ulm2020-2023
Joint project LaGaMo – Laser Ignition for effective and low-emission Combustion in Gas EnginesDieter Brüggemann2020-2023
Prozessbasierte Integration menschlicher Erwartungen in digitalisierte Arbeitswelten (PRIME.)Stefan Jablonski2020-2023
Verbundvorhaben: NFA4R2ROPV - Industrielle Rolle-zu-Rolle-Fertigung organischer Photovoltaik auf Basis von Nicht-Fulleren-Akzeptoren; Teilvorhaben: Blend-Lösemittelsysteme und MorphologieEva M. Herzig2019-2022
Challenges and chances associated with the detection of novel arsenic species in paddy soils for producing arsenic-safe rice – Thio-As-RiceBritta Planer-Friedrich2019-2022
Additive manufacturing of nano diamond containing silicon carbide – NanoDiaSicWalter Krenkel2019-2021
Cost effective stack and optimized offgrid-system – KOSOSWalter Krenkel2018-2021
Development of a novel plasma-based process for the production of pollutant-free marine diesel fuel – PlasmaFuelAndreas Jess2018-2021
Microplastic contamination in the Weser model system - Wattenmeer National Park: an ecosystem-wide approach (Querschnittsthema 2.1.3/2.1.4) - PLAWESChristian Laforsch2017-2021
Faserverstärkte Werkstoffsysteme (FaRo)Walter Krenkel2015-2021
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 - EcoPrepregVolker Altstädt2018-2020
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 - MAGGIEThorsten Gerdes2017-2020
Medizin 4.0 - The ethical foundation of digitization in healthcare - MED4.0-ETHIKEckhard Nagel2017-2020
A better study environment and higher quality in teaching (2nd funding period) ProfiLehrePlus – Hochschullehre Bayern 2020 – QPL2-PLP2-UniBayreuthFrank Meyer2016-2020
Sub-project: Compact and robust silicon carbide power electronics for urban mobility - SiCuM; robust and efficient controlMark-M. Bakran2017-2019
Quality campaign for teacher training: subject-related and cultural diversity at schools and universitiesVolker Ulm2016-2019
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 workRicarda Bouncken2016-2019
Nanostructured transparent hybrid network electrode for large-area semitransparent solar cells - METNETWORKMukundan Thelakkat2016-2019
Future Africa and Beyond: Visions in TimeAchim von Oppen2016-2018
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)
Reconditioning of lithium-ion battery systems for reuse in a second life cycle- Batt2ReUpRolf Steinhilper2015-2018
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-BoxVolker Altstädt2015-2018
Sub-project: innovative shielding for generators and motors -iShieldRalf Moos2015-2018

The Volkswagen Foundation is dedicated to the support of the humanities and social sciences as well as science and technology in higher education and research. It funds research projects in path-breaking areas and provides assistance to academic institutions for the improvement of the structural conditions for their work. In particular, the Foundation perceives its mission in supporting aspiring young academics and in promoting interdisciplinary and international collaboration. (Quelle: www.volkswagenstiftung.de/unsere-foerderung)

The University of Bayreuth as lead university

Neil Forbes (Coventry University, UK),
Antonie Dolezalova (Charles University, Prag, Czech Republic),
Ben Wubs (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam,
Jan-Otmar Hesse (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
Historical Tensions between International Business and National Taxation: A Challenge for Europe Today (funding line ‚Challenges for Europe‘)2021 - 2025
Rose Marie Beck
(University of Leipzig)
Anne Storch
(University of Cologne)
Clarissa Vierke
(University of Bayreuth)
Recalibrating Afrikanistik
(funding line 'World Knowledge')
2019 - 2026
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

Scientific Computing (Elite Programme of Study)since 2018
Electronic excitations in light-converting systems (International group of junior researchers, Dr. Linn Leppert)since 2018
MINT-Lehramt PLUS (Elite Programme of Study)2016 - 2021
Biological Physics (Elite Programme of Study)2016 - 2021
Global Change Ecology (Elite Programme of Study)2006 - 2021
Macromolecular Science (Elite Programme of Study)2004 - 2019
Structural Basis of Gene Regulation by Non-coding RNA (International group of junior researchers, Dr. Claus D. Kuhn)2014 - 2020
Structure, Reactivity and Properties of Oxide Materials (International Postgraduate Programme)2004 - 2012
Lead Structures of Cell Function (International Postgraduate Programme)2004 - 2012

UBT’s involvement

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

Last update: 18 October 2021

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