The German Research Foundation (DFG) is setting up 15 new research training groups to further strengthen young scientists, which will receive funding of around €70m for four and a half years.
In addition to the 15 bodies, the Grant Committee approved the extension of nine research training groups for each additional funding period. The associations cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues as well as their design and financing needs.
Research Training Groups offer doctoral candidates the opportunity to do their PhD in a structured research and qualification programme at a high professional level. The DFG is currently funding a total of 216 research groups, including 41 International Research Training Groups (IGK).
Who are the research training groups?
The groups who will benefit from the DFG funds cover a wide spectrum of the research and development sector, and three of the new associations are IGKs with partners in China and the USA.
Some of the new research training groups include:
- ‘Tumour-targeted drug delivery’ at the university of RWTH Aachen University, Germany – The full potential for combating tumours and prolonging the life span of patients has not yet been exhausted. This group aims to improve drug delivery systems and research at the interface of clinic, tumour biology and chemical technology;
- ‘Modern Inverse Problems: From Geometry and Data to Models and Applications’ at the University of RWTH Aachen University, Germany – The focus of the researchers in Aachen and Austin, Texas, is on the interaction of four topics: geometry, data, models, and applications.
- ‘The aging synapse – molecular, cellular and behavioral biological mechanisms of cognitive decline’ at the University of Magdeburg, Germany – With little known about the processes involved in ‘normal’, non-diseases-related, aging of the brain, this research group aims to investigate the neuronal changes in old age and the cognitive impairments associated with these changes.
For more information about all 15 of the new research training groups, visit the German Research Foundation.