German Research Foundation (DFG)

LMU is currently involved in 49 Collaborative Research Centers. In 15 of these, the spokesperson is based at LMU.

Collaborative Research Centers (CRC)

Collaborative Research Centers funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) are university-based research alliances that receive guaranteed long-term support. The aim is to foster interdisciplinary cooperation and encourage the concentration of local resources on areas that are particularly promising.

CRCs with LMU Spokespersons

Funding periodTitleSpeakerType / number
07/2019 - 06/2023Cultures of Vigilance: Transformations. Spaces. Practices.Prof. Dr. Arndt BrendeckeSFB 1369
07/2018 - 06/2026Chemical Biology of Epigenetic ModificationsProf. Dr. Thomas CarellSFB 1309
10/2014 - 06/2026Atherosclerosis - Mechanisms and Networks of Novel Therapeutic TargetsProf. Dr. Christian WeberSFB 1123
10/2013 - 06/2025Chromatin DynamicsProf. Dr. Peter BeckerSFB 1064
01/2013 - 12/2024Control of Plasticity of Cell-Fate Decisions in the Immune SystemProf. Dr. Thomas BrockerSFB 1054
07/2012 - 07/2024Control of Plasticity of Cell-Fate Decisions in the Immune SystemProf. Dr. Joachim RädlerSFB 1032
07/2011 - 06/2023Trafficking of Immune Cells in Inflammation, Development and DiseaseProf. Dr. Barbara WalzogSFB 914

Transregional Collaborative Research Centers (TRR) with LMU Spokespersons

Funding periodTitleSpeakerType / Number
01/2023 - 12/2026 Genetic diversity shaping biotic interactions of plants (PlantMicrobe) Prof. Dr. Martin ParniskeTRR 356
01/2023 - 12/2026 Mathematics of Many-Body Quantum Systems and Their Collective Phenomena Prof. Dr. Christian HainzlTRR 352
07/2018 - 12/2026Nucleic Acid ImmunityProf. Dr. Veit HornungTRR 237
07/2018 - 06/2023Emergence of life: Explorating mechanisms with cross-disciplinary experimentsProf. Dr. Dieter BraunTRR 235
07/2016 - 06/2024The Green Hub - Central Coordinator of Acclimation in PlantsProf. Dr. Dario LeisterTRR 175
07/2015 - 06/2023Waves to WeatherProf. Dr. George C. CraigTRR 165
10/2014 - 06/2026TRiPs to Homeostasis: Maintenance of Body Homeostasis by Transient Receptor Potential Channel ModulesProf. Dr. Thomas GudermannTRR 152
07/2012 - 07/2024Biology of Xenogeneic Cell and Organ Transplantation - from Bench to Bedside
Prof. Dr. Eckhard WolfTRR 127

CRCs with LMU Participation

Funding periodTitleSpeaker (University)Type / Number
01/2023 - 12/20264f for FutureProf. Dr. Peter Roesky (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)SFB 1573
01/2021 - 12/2024Catalysis at Liquid Interfaces (CLINT)Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)SFB 1452
01/2020 - 12/2023Cell death in immunity, inflammations and diseasesProf. Dr. Manolis Pasparakis (University of Cologne)SFB 1403
07/2019 - 06/2023Nonlinear Optics down to Atomic ScalesProf. Dr. Ulf Peschel (University of Jena)SFB 1375
01/2019 - 12/2026Microbiome Signatures – Functional Relevance in the Digestive TractProf. Dr. Dirk Haller (TU Munich)SFB 1371
01/2019 - 12/2026Regulation of DNA Repair and Genome StabilityProf. Dr. Helle Ulrich (University of Mainz)SFB 1361
01/2019 - 12/2026MICROPLASTICS – Understanding the Mechanisms and Processes of Biological Effects, Transport and Formation: From Model to Complex Systems as a Basis for New SolutionsProf. Dr. Christian Laforsch (University of Bayreuth)SFB 1357
07/2018 - 06/2023Aberrant Immune Signals in CancerProf. Dr. Jürgen Ruland (TU Munich)SFB 1335
07/2018 - 06/2026Adenine nucleotides in immunity and inflammationProf. Dr. Andreas Guse (University of Hamburg)SFB 1328
07/2018 - 06/2023Modelling and Targeting Pancreatic CancerProf. Dr. Roland Schmid (TU Munich)SFB 1321
01/2017 - 12/2024Practices of Comparisons: Ordering and Changing the WorldProf. Dr. Antje Flüchter (Bielefeld University)SFB 1288
01/2017 - 12/2024Robust Vision — Inference Principles and Neural MechanismsProf. Dr. Matthias Bethge (University of Tübingen)SFB 1233
01/2016 - 12/2023Molecular and Functional Characterization of Selective AutophagyProf. Dr. Ivan Dikic (Goethe-University of Frankfurt)SFB 1177
07/2016 - 07/2024Control of Protein Function by Conformational SwitchingProf. Dr. Johannes Buchner (TU Munich)SFB 1035
07/2011 - 06/2023Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Yield and Yield Stability in PlantsProf. Dr. Claus Schwechheimer (TU Munih)SFB 924

Transregional Collaborative Research Centers (TRR) with LMU Participation

Funding periodTitleSpeaker (University)Type / Number
01/2023 - 12/2026Perinatal Development of Immune Cell Topology (PILOT)Prof. Dr. Philipp Henneke (University of Freiburg)TRR 359
01/2023 - 12/2026Heterogeneity and functional specialization of regulatory T cells in distinct microenvironmentsProf. Dr. Ari Waisman (Mainz University)TRR 355
07/2021 - 06/2025LETSIMMUN - Lymphocyte Engineering for Therapeutic Synthetic ImmunityProf. Dr. Dirk Busch (TU Munich)TRR 338
07/2022 - 06/2026Neutrophils: Origin, fate, and functionProf. Dr. Oliver Söhnlein (University of Münster)TRR 332
07/2021 - 06/2025Assembly Controlled Chemical PhotocatalysisProf. Dr. Thorsten Bach (TU Munich)TRR 325
07/2021 - 06/2025Constructing ExplainabilityProf. Dr. Katharina Rohlfing (Paderborn University)TRR 318
07/2021 - 06/2025The Tropopause Region in a Changing AtmosphereProf. Dr. Peter Hoor (University of Mainz)TRR 301
07/2020-06/2024Local Control of Thyroid Hormone Action (LOCOTACT)Prof. Dr. Dagmar Führer-Sakel (University of Düsseldorf)TRR 296
01/2020 - 12/2023Checkpoints of Central Nervous System RecoveryProf. Dr. Mikael Simons (TU Munich)TRR 274
07/2019 - 06/2023Non-coding RNA in the cardiovascular systemProf. Dr. Stefan Engelhardt (TU Munich)TRR 267
07/2019 - 06/2023Accounting for TransparencyProf. Dr. Caren Sureth-Sloane (University of Paderborn)TRR 266
07/2017 - 06/2025The Adrenal: Central Relay in Health and DiseaseProf. Dr. Stefan Bornstein (University Clinic Carl Gustav Carus Dresden)TRR 205
01/2017 - 12/2024Rationality and Competition: the Economic Performance of Individuals and FirmsProf. Dr. Georg Weizsäcker (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)TRR 190
07/2016 - 06/2024Determinants and dynamics of elimination versus persistence of hepatitis virus infectionProf. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager (University of Heidelberg)TRR 179
01/2016 - 12/2023Spin in ist collective environmentProf. Dr. Martin Aeschlimann (TU Kaiserslautern)TRR 173
07/2015 - 06/2023Quantitative Methods for Visual ComputingProf. Dr. Daniel Weiskopf (University of Stuttgart)TRR 161
07/2015 - 06/2023 The skin as a sensor and effector organ orchestrating local and systemic immune responsesProf. Dr. Alexander Enk (University of Heidelberg)TRR 156
07/2012 - 07/2024Initiating/Effector versus Regulatory Mechanisms in Multiple SclerosisProf. Dr. Heinz Wiendl (University Clinic of Münster)TRR 128
07/2012 - 06/2024Discretization in Geometry and Dynamics (TRR 109)Prof. Dr. Alexander I. Bobenko (TU Berlin)TRR 109

Research Units

Research Units funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) bring together specialists from various disciplines to work on a common research project, and often contribute to the creation of new areas of investigation and new research collaborations.

Funding periodTitleSpeakerType / Number
since 2022Universalism and Particularism in European Contemporary HistoryProfessor Dr. Martin Schulze WesselKFG 20
since 2019ImmunoStroke: From immune cells to stroke recoveryProf. Dr. Arthur LieszFOR 2879
since 2018Krisengefüge der Künste: Institutionelle Transformationsdynamiken in den darstellenden Künsten der GegenwartProf. Dr. Christopher BalmeFOR 2734
since 2017Planet Formation Witnesses and Probes: Transition DiscsProf. Dr. Barbara ErcolanoFOR 2634
since 2018Philology of AdventureProf. Dr. Martin von KoppenfelsFOR 2568
since 2017Cooperation and Competition in the SciencesProf. Dr. Kärin NickelsenFOR 2553
since 2017Facilitation of Diagnostic Competences in Simulation-Based Learning Environments in Higher EducationProf. Dr. Frank FischerFOR 2385
since 2015Active PerceptionProf. Dr. Hermann J. MüllerFOR 2293

Research Training Groups

Research Training Groups funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) are designed to give graduates the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies in the context of a structured and thematically focused doctoral program combining training and research.

Please find the complete list of LMU doctoral programs on the website of our Graduate Center.

Priority Programs

Priority Programs funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) aim to promote the formation of closer links and intensify copperation between researchers nationwide.

Funding periodTitleType / NumberSpeaker
since 2023Reconstructing the Deep Dynamics of Planet Earth over Geologic Time (DeepDyn)SPP 2404Prof. Dr. Stuart Gilder
since 2021META-REP: A Meta-scientific Programme to Analyse and Optimise Replicability in the Behavioural, Social, and Cognitive SciencesSPP 2317Prof. Dr. Mario Gollwitzer
since 2020Theoretical Foundations of Deep LearningSPP 2298Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok
since 2018The Active SelfSPP 2134Professor Dr. Markus Paulus

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