DFG Research Units

The Research Units of the German Research Foundation (DFG) bring together a number of outstanding scientists to work together on one research topic exclusively. These groups are able to devote substantially more time and financial resources to their projects across a broader range of topics than is normally the case with individual research projects funded by the DFG. The Research Units are usually funded for a period of eight years, and often play a key role in establishing new directions in research.

Current Research Units

Information Abstraction during Sleep (Research Unit 5434)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jan Born, Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioural Neurobiology

Duration: March 1, 2023 through February 28, 2027

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Long-range Interacting Quantum Spin Systems out of Equilibrium: Experiment, Theory and Mathematics (Research Unit 5413)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Igor Lesanovsky, Institute for Theoretical Physics

Duration: June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2026

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Being Catholic in the German Federal Republic. Semantics, Practices, and Emotions in Western Germany's Society 1965-1989/90 (Research Unit 2973)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Andreas Holzem, Faculty of Catholic Theology, Church History in the Middle and Modern Ages

Duration: 2020-2023

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De/Sacralization of Texts (Research Unit 2828)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Birgit Weyel, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Practical Theology III

Duration: January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024

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The Autotrophy-Heterotrophy Switch in Cyanobacteria: Coherent Decision-Making at Multiple Regulatory Layers (Research Unit 2816)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Karl Forchhammer, Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine

Duration: 2019-2024

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Understanding the Behaviour of Multinational Corporations in the Context of International Tax Institutions (Research Unit 2738)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Georg Wamser, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Economics – Public Finance

Duration: 2019-2025

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Modal and Amodal Cognition: Functions and Interactions (Research Unit 2718)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Barbara Kaup, Faculty of Science, Psychology – Language and Cognition

Duration: 2020-2026

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Epileptogenesis of Genetic Epilepsies (Research Unit 2715)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Holger Lerche, Center of Neurology, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research

Duration: 2019-2024

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Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (Center of Advanced Studies 2496)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Mischa Meier and Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner, Institute of Ancient History, and Prof. Dr. Steffen Patzold, Institute of Medieval History

Duration: 2017-2025

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Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking Linguistic, Cultural and Biological Trajectories of the Human Past (Center of Advanced Studies 2237)

Spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Jäger, Institute of Linguistics, and Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati, Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment

Duration: 2015-2023

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Completed Research Units of the last five years

ViroCarb: Glycans Controlling Non-Enveloped Virus Infections (Research Unit 2327)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thilo Stehle, Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry

Duration: 2016-2022

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Targeting Therapeutic Windows in Essential Cellular Processes for Tumor Therapy (Research Unit 2314), Würzburg, Tübingen

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Lars Zender, Tübingen University Hospital, Internal Medicine VIII – Medical Oncology and Pneumology

Duration: 2015-2021

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cGMP Signalling in Cell Growth and Survival (Research Unit 2060)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Robert Feil, Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry

Duration: 2013-2021

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The Physiology of Distributed Computing Underlying Higher Brain Functions in Non-Human Primates (Research Unit 1847)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Thier, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Department of Cognitive Neurology

Duration: 2013-2022

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Analysis and Promotion of Effective Processes of Learning and Instruction (Research Unit 738)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedrich Hesse, Institute of Psychology and Knowledge Media Research Center (IWM)

Duration: 2006–2017

Platelets – Molecular Mechanisms and Translational Applications (Clinical Research Unit 274)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Meinrad Gawaz, Tübingen University Hospital, Internal Medicine III – Cardiology and Angiology

Duration: 2011-2017

Therapy of Urinary Incontinence by Way of the Cell-based Regeneration of the Urethral Sphincter (Clinical Research Unit 273)

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Arnulf Stenzl, Tübingen University Hospital, Department of Urology

Duration: 2012-2017