Research projects

Projects in coordinated programmes at the University of Jena

Numerous renowned scientific centres, the Cluster of Excellence "Balance of the Microverse", the DFG Research Center iDivExternal link, Collaborative Research Centers (CRCs), Research Training Groups (RTGs) and Research Groups exist at the Friedrich Schiller University.  In addition, the University also participates in projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and in the European research programmes.

Programmes of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Units of Excellence

The Cluster of Excellence of Friedrich Schiller University:

EXC 2051: Balance of the MicroverseExternal link

Research Centres

The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-LeipzigExternal link receives funding from the DFG since 2012.

Collaborative Research Centres

DFG Collaborative Research Centres:

CRC 1076 AquaDiva: Understanding the Links Between Surface and Subsurface Biogeosphere (since 2013)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Kirsten Küsel

CRC/TR 124 FungiNet: Pathogenic fungi and their human host: Networks of interactionExternal link (since 2013)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Axel Brakhage

CRC 1127 ChemBioSys: Chemical Mediators in Complex BiosystemsExternal link (since 2014)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Christian HertweckExternal link

CRC 1278 Polymer-based nanoparticle libraries for targeted anti-inflammatory strategies (since 2017)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Ulrich S. Schubert

CRC/TR 234 CataLIGHT: Light-driven Molecular Catalysts in Hierarchically Structured Materials – Synthesis and Mechanistic StudiesExternal link (since 2018)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Sven RauExternal link (Ulm University)
Co-Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Benjamin Dietzek de

CRC 1375 NOA: Nonlinear Optics down to Atomic Scales (since 2019) 
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Ulf PeschelExternal link

CRC/TR 294: Structural Change of PropertyExternal link (since 2021)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Hartmut RosaExternal link

Participations in DFG Collaborative Research Centres

CRC/TRR 212 A Novel Synthesis of Individualisation across Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution: Niche Choice, Niche Conformance, Niche ConstructionExternal link
University of Jena collaborateur: Prof. Dr Holger Schielzeth

CRC 1288 Practices of comparisons: Ordering and changing the worldExternal link (since 2017)
University of Jena collaborateur: Prof. Dr Johannes Grave de

CRC 1456 Mathematics of Experiment: The challenge of indirect measurements in the natural sciencesExternal link (since 2021)
University of Jena collaborateur: Prof. Dr Michael HabeckExternal link

CRC/TRR 306 Quantum Cooperativity of Light and Matter – QuCoLiMaExternal link (since 2021)
University of Jena collaborateur: Prof. Dr Ralf Röhlsberger  de

Completed DFG Collaborative Research Centres

Research Training Groups

 DFG Research Training Groups

RTG 2041 Modell "Romantik". Variation-Reichweite-AktualitätExternal link (since 2015)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Stefan MatuschekExternal link

RTG 2155 ProMoAgeExternal link (since 2016)
Spokesperson MLU Halle: Prof. Dr Andreas SimmExternal link 
Deputy Spokesperson University of Jena: Prof. Dr Regine HellerExternal link

IRTG 2324 TreeDì – Tree Diversity Interactions: The role of tree-tree interactions in local neighbourhoods in Chinese subtropical forestsExternal link (since 2017)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Helge BruelheideExternal link
Friedrich Schiller University is one of the applicant universities.

RTG 2522 Strong Dynamics & Criticality in Quantum and Gravitational Systems External link (since 2019)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Holger GiesExternal link

IRTG 2675 META-ACTIVE: Tailored metasurfaces – generating, programming  and detecting light (since 2021)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Isabelle Staude

RTG 2732 M-M-M: Materials-Microbe-Microenvironment: Antimicrobial biomaterials with tailored structures and properties (since 2022)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Klaus Jandt de de
Co-Spokesperson:  Prof. Dr Bettine LöfflerExternal link

RTG 2792 Autonomy of Heteronomous Texts in Antiqity and the Middle Ages (since 2022)
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Katharina Bracht de
Co-Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Matthias Perkams de

Further graduate schools / graduate colleges and doctoral schools

Jena School for Microbial CommunicationExternal link

Graduate School "The GDR and the European Dictatorships after 1945"External link

Graduate School Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change (GSBC)

Jena School Molecular MedicineExternal link

Abbe School of Photonics

Kolleg Globale Bildung

Frege-Kolleg – Doctoral Programme of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science de

Joint graduate schools / graduate colleges with non-university research institutions 

International Max Planck Research School "The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques"External link

International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical CyclesExternal link

International Leibniz Research School for Microbial and Biomolecular InteractionExternal link

Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Environmental ResearchExternal link (HIGRADE)

Leibniz Graduate School on AgeingExternal link

Advanced Photon Science Graduate School of the Helmholtz Institute JenaExternal link (HRS-AP)

International Max Planck Research School for the Science of Human HistoryExternal link


completed DFG Research Training Groups  de

Research Units
Priority Programmes

Federal programmes

BMBF Projects

Of the numerous funded projects of the Federal Ministry o Education and Research (BMBF) should be explicitly mentioned:

Innovative Hochschule

Research Campus

Twenty20 - Partnerships for Innovation

Centres for Innovation Competences

Käte Hamburger International Centres

Förderung von Gesundheitsregionen