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 more than six years, and often play a key role in establishing new directions in research.

Research Units at the University of Tübingen

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

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

Duration: since 2020

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

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Georg Wamser, Economics – Public Finance

Duration: since 2019

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

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Barbabra Kaup, Psychology – Language and Cognition

Duration: since 2019

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

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

Duration: since 2018

Epileptogenesis of genetic epilepsies (Research Unit 2715)

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

Duration: since 2017

Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (Research Unit 2496)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Mischa Meier, Faculty of Humanitites - Ancient History

Duration: 2017 – 2020

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Macromolecular Complexes in mRNA Localization (Research Unit 2333)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Dierk Niessing, University of Ulm

Tübingen Vice-Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Ralf-Peter Jansen, Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry

Duration: 2016 – 2019

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

Coordinator: 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

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Lars Zender, Department of Internal Medicine I, Tübingen University Hospital

Duration: 2015 – 2021

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Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking Linguistic, Cultural and Biological Trajectories of the Human Past (Research Unit 2237)

Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Jäger, Institute of Linguistics, and Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati, Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironment

Duration: 2015 – 2023

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

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Robert Feil – Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry

Duration: 2013 – 2020

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

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Thier – Department of Cognitive Neurology and Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research

Duration: 2014 - 2020

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