DFG Collaborative Research Centers (CRC/SFB)
Collaborative Research Centers (CRC = German: Sonderforschungsbereiche/SFB) are research institutions of the universities established on a long-term basis in which academics collaborate within the framework of an interdisciplinary research programme. The different variants of the Collaborative Research Centers, Cultural Studies Research Centers and Transregional Collaborative Research Centers, as well as the programme supplements Junior Research Groups and Transfer Units are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In all variants, international co-operation agreements are funded. Collaborative Research Centers make it possible to deal with comprehensive research projects by concentrating on the staff available at a university. The structural objective is the creation of main fields of research at a university.
DFG Research Units (FOR)
A research unit funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) is a medium-term amalgamation of several scientists. They work together on a special research assignment going beyond the funding possibilities available within the scope of individual funding in the normal or main research procedure in its thematic, temporal and financial extent. Research units often contribute towards establishing new directions of working.
DFG Research Training Groups (RTG/GRK)
Research Training Groups are university training programs which are established for a specific period of time, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. They aim at supporting young researchers in their pursuit of a doctorate. These Research Training Groups give doctoral candidates with the opportunity to work within a co-ordinated research program supervised by a number of university teachers. The study program wants to complement and extend the postgraduate's individual specializations as well as provide a structure for co-operation.
- Cluster of Excellence Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter (PRISMA)
- Graduate School of Excellence Materials Science in Mainz (MAINZ)