National: Funding by the German Research Foundation

One of the particular successes in the area of national research funding are the research associations that UDE researchers have been successful in securing funds for from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

In November 2019, the Transregio Collaborative Research Centre (SFB/TRR) 270 “Hysteresis design of magnetic materials for efficient energy conversion/HoMMage” (together with TU Darmstadt) was approved. The spokesperson is Prof. Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch from the TU Darmstadt, while the UDE site spokesperson is Prof. Dr. Michael Farle, Faculty of Physics. The scientists involved are developing innovative, resource-saving and efficient magnetic materials to be used, for example, in wind turbines or electric motors.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinschnitz (University Hospital Essen, UK Essen), Department of Neurology) is the spokesperson of the Research Unit (FOR) 2879 “ImmunoStroke: From immune cells to stroke regeneration”, which the DFG has established at the Medical Faculty of the UDE. The new network, which is managed from the UK Essen, is a joint project of the universities of Essen, Munich (Ludwig Maximilian University, LMU), Hamburg and Münster and is funded with around 4.5 million euros. The scientists’ aim is to uncover previously unknown connections between the immune system and recovery after a stroke and to develop new treatment options.

The research training group (RTG) 2484 “Regional Disparities and Economic Policy”, which was applied for jointly with the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and TU Dortmund University, started in October 2019 and is focusing on the following questions: Why are there still regional differences, for example in income and employment? Why are living conditions not equal? What mechanisms prevent this, and what economic policy consequences can be derived from this? The spokesperson is Prof. Dr. Tobias Seidel from the Mercator School of Management.

RTG 2553 will investigate “Symmetries and classifying spaces: analytic, arithmetic and derived” at the Essen Seminar for Algebraic Geometry and Arithmetic of the UDE. It was approved by the DFG in 2019, and they will fund it for four and a half years starting in April 2020 under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Görtz (Faculty of Mathematics).