Research projects

The majority of research is financed with third-party funding, which Kiel University has managed to steadily increase in recent years. The numerous research projects - in national and international partnerships or by individual researchers - are funded by the federal or state government, the EU and by companies. There is also enormous research potential in addition to third-party funding grants.

DFG projects

Collaborative Research Centres

Completed DFG programmes

Completed DFG programmes

Completed projectsSpokespersonTerm

SFB 855: Magnetoelectric Composites - Future Biomagnetic Interfaces

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Quandt

2010 - 2015

SFB 754: Climate - Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean

Prof. Dr. Andreas Oschlies

2008 - 2019

SFB 677: Function by Switching

Prof. Dr. Rainer Herges

2007 - 2019

SFB 668: Atomic- and Nanoscale Magnetism

Prof. Dr. Roland Wiesendanger (University of Hamburg)

2005 - 2017

SFB TRR 654: Plasticity and Sleep

Prof. Dr. Thomas Münte (University of Lübeck)

2005 - 2017

SFB TRR 24: Fundamentals of Complex Plasmas

Prof. Dr Jürgen Meichsner (University of Greifswald)

2005 - 2017

SFB TRR 22: Pulmonary Allergies

Prof. Dr. Harald Renz (University of Marburg)

2005 - 2014

SFB 617: Molecular Mechanisms of Epithelial Defense

Prof. Dr. Jens-Michael Schröder

2002 - 2009

SFB 574: Volatiles and Fluids in Subduction Zones: Climate Feedback and the Causes of Natural Disasters

Prof. Dr. Kaj Hoernle; Prof. Dr. Timothy John Reston (University of Birmingham)

2001 - 2012

SFB 460:  Dynamics of Thermohaline Circulation Variability

Prof. Dr. Claus Böning

1996 - 2006

SFB 415:  Specificity and Pathophysiology of Signal Transduction Pathways

Kabelitz, Dietrich

1998 - 2010

Priority programmes (SPP)

Priority projects with participation

Priority projects with participation

  • SPP 511:  "Meteor" Expeditions
  • SPP 516:  Evaluation of the "Meteor" Expeditions
  • SPP 527: International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)
  • SPP 1112:  Genome Function and Gene Regulation in Archaea
  • SPP 1115:  Mars and the Terrestrial Planets
  • SPP 1153:  Clusters at Surfaces: Electron Structure and Magnetism
  • SPP 1158: Antarctic Research with Comparative Investigations in Arctic Ice Areas
  • SPP 1165:  Nanowires and Nanotubes: From Controlled Synthesis to Functions
  • SPP 1171:  Early Processes of Centralisation and Urbanisation - Studies on the Development of Early Celtic Princely Seats and their Hinterland
  • SPP 1176:  Climate and Weather of the Sun-Earth-System (CAWSES)
  • SPP 1202:  Ultra-Wideband Radio Technologies for Communications, Localisation and Sensor Applications (UkoLoS)
  • SPP 1207:  Nature Inspired Fluid Mechanics
  • SPP 1209:  The Hellenistic Polis as a Living Space. Urban Structures and Civic Identity between Tradition and Innovation
  • SPP 1233:  Megacities - Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change
  • SPP 1236:  Synthesis, "In Situ" Characterisation and Quantum Mechanical Modelling of Earth Materials, Oxides, Carbides and Nitrides at Extremely High Pressures and Temperatures
  • SPP 1239:  Modification of Microstructure and Shape of Solid Materials by External Magnetic Fields
  • SPP 1253: Optimization of Electro-Mechanical Smart Structures
  • SPP 1257:  Mass Transport and Mass Distribution in the Earth System
  • SPP 1266:  Integrated Analysis of Interglacial Climate Dynamics (INTERDYNAMIC)
  • SPP 1276:  Multiple Scales in Fluid Mechanics and Meteorology
  • SPP 1299:  Adaptive Surfaces for High Temperature Applications - The Skin Concept
  • SPP 1307: Algorithm Engineering
  • SPP 1362: Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks
  • SPP 1369:  Polymer Solid Contacts: Interfaces and Interphases
  • SPP 1385:  The First 10 Million Years of the Solar System - A Planetary Materials Approach
  • SPP 1386: Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials: Theory, Model Systems and Controlled Synthesis
  • SPP 1388: Representation Theory
  • SPP 1391: Ultrafast Nanooptics
  • SPP 1399: Host-Parasite Coevolution - Rapid Reciprocal Adaption and its Genetic Basis
  • SPP 1409:  Science and the General Public: Understanding Fragile and Conflicting Evidence
  • SPP 1420:  Biomimetic Materials Research: Functionality by Hierarchical Structuring of Materials
  • SPP 1423: Process-Spray: Functionalised Solid Particles from Spray Processes - From Powder Property Demands to Tailored Spray Processes and Feed Control
  • SPP 1486: Particles in Contact - Micromechanics, Microprocess Dynamics and Particle Collectives
  • SPP 1516: New Frameworks of Rationality
  • SPP 1573: Physics of the Interstellar Medium
  • SPP 1580: Intracellular Compartments as Places of Pathogen-Host-Interactions
  • SPP 1593: Design for Future - Managed Software Evolution
  • SPP 1599: Caloric Effects in Ferroic Materials: New Concepts for Cooling
  • SPP 1613:  Regeneratively Produced Fuels by Light Driven Water Splitting: Investigation of Involved Elementary Processes and Perspectives of Technologic Implementation
  • SPP 1630: Harbours from the Roman Iron Age until the Middle Ages - Archaeology and History of Regional and Supra-regional Traffic Systems
  • SPP 1655:  Wireless Ultra-High Speed Communication for Mobile Internet Access: "Wireless 100 Gb/s and beyond"
  • SPP 1656: INTESTINAL MICROBIOTA - A Microbial Ecosystem at the Edge Between Immune Homeostasis and Inflammation
  • SPP 1710: Dynamics of Thiol-Based Redox Switches in Cellular Physiology
  • SPP 1736: Algorithms for Big Data
  • SPP 1788:  Study of Earth System Dynamics with a Constellation of Potential Field Missions
  • SPP 1889:  Regional Sea Level Change and Society (SeaLevel)
  • SPP 1935: Dispersitäts-, Struktur- und Phasenänderungen von Proteinen und biologischen Agglomeraten in biotechnologischen Prozessen
  • SPP 1984: Hybrid and multimodal energy systems: System theoretical methods for the transformation and operation of complex networks
  • SPP 2017:  Mountain Building Process in Four Dimensions (4D-MB)
  • SPP 2089:  Rhizosphere Spatiotemporal Organisation - a Key to Rhizosphere Functions
  • SPP 2111: Optische Datenübertragung mittels der nichtlinearen Fourier Transformation basierend auf elektronisch-photonischer Signalverarbeitung
  • SPP 2206: Cooperative Multistage Multistable Microactuator Systems (KOMMMA)

Research units (including clinical research units)

Current research units (including clinical research units)

Current research units (including clinical research units)

FOR 5010: CATCH ALL Heilungsperspektive für alle Erwachsenen und Kinder mit Akuter Lymphoblastischer Leukämie (ALL) Prof. Dr. Dr. Claudia Baldus2022 -

FOR 2625:  Mechanisms of Lysosomal Homeostasis

Prof. Dr. Thomas Braulke (University of Hamburg)

2017 -

FOR 2518:  Functional Dynamics of Ion Channels and Transporters - DynIon -

Prof. Dr. Klaus Benndorf (Universität Jena)

2017 -

FOR 2285: Debris Disks in Planetary SystemsProf. Dr. Alexander Krivov (Universität Jena)2015 -

FOR 2093: Memristive Devices for Neuronal Systems

Prof. Dr. Hermann Kohlstedt

2014 -

FOR 2143: Interneuron Synaptic Plasticity

Prof. Dr. Marlene Bartos (University of Freiburg)

2014 -

FOR 1644: CHARON: Marine Carbonate Archives: Controls on Carbonate Precipitation and Pathways of Diagenetic Alteration

Prof. Dr. Adrian Immenhauser (University of Bochum)

2013 -

FOR 1320: Crop Sequence and Nutrient Acquisition from the Subsoil

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Köpke (University of Bonn)

2010 -

Research training groups

Current research training groups

Current research training groups

Research training groupSpokespersonTerm
GRK 2501: TransEvo: Translational Evolutionary Research Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg2020 -
GRK 2154: Materials for BrainProf. Dr. Rainer Adelung2017- 2023
GRK 1743: Genes, Environment, InflammationProf. Dr. Andre Franke Ph.D.2012-
Completed research training groups

Completed research training groups

Research training group Spokesperson End of term
GRK 517: Betriebswirtschaftliche Aspekte lose gekoppelter Systeme und Electronic Business Prof. Dr. Sönke Albers 2008
GRK 515: Imaginatio borealis - Perzeption, Rezeption und Konstruktion des Nordens Prof. Dr. Olaf Mörke 2009
GRK 357: Effiziente Algorithmen und Mehrskalenmethoden Prof. Dr. Anand Srivastav 2005
GRK 820: Natürliche Antioxidantien – ihr Wirkungsspektrum in Pflanzen, Lebensmitteln, Tier und Mensch Prof. Dr. Karin Krupinska 2008
GRK 262: Integrative Umweltbewertung Prof. Dr. Otto Fränzle 2002

Heisenberg Programme

Current Heisenberg funding

Current Heisenberg funding

Heisenberg fundingPrincipial investigatorDuration
Heisenberg professorship: Bausteine zu einer polyphonen Religionsgeschichte der antiken griechischen LiteraturProf. Dr. Andreas Schwab2021 - 2024
Heisenberg professorship: Exploring Linguistic DiversityProf. Ilja Seržants2021 -
Heisenberg position: How is the topography of major orogenic fronts sustained and where is plate convergence accommodated in collisional mountain belts on intermediate timescales? Insights from the Himalayan orogen?Dr. Rasmus Thiede2019 -

EU projects

EU Research Framework Programme Horizon 2020

Collaborative projects

Collaborative projects

AkcronymProject titlePrincipal InvestigatorDuration
3TRIdentification of the Molecular Mechanisms of non-response to Treatments, Relapses and Remission in Autoimmune, Inflammatory, and Allergic ConditionsProf. Philip Rosenstiel2019-2026
BIOMAPBiomarkers in Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis (CAU Koordinator)Prof. Stephan Weidinger2019-2024
BISONBiodiversity and Infrastructure Synergies and Opportunities for European Transport NetworksProf. Heinrich Reck2021-2022
CardioReGenixDevelopment of Next-Generation Gene Therapies for Cardiovascular DiseaseProf. Oliver Müller2019-2024
chilTERNChildren’s Liver Tumour European Research NetworkDr. Christian Vokuhl2016-2022
CLAIMCleaning Litter by developing and Applying Innovative Methods in European SeasProf. Katrin Rehdanz2017-2022
CoCliCoCoastal Climate Core ServicesProf. Athanasios Vafeidis2021-2025
COSMICSConcepts and tools in molecular spintronicsProf. Richard Berndt2017-2021
DeteCTCsThe first multi-cancer liquid biopsy test for detection of early-stage cancer and minimal residual disease from a blood drawProf. Norbert Arnold2021-2024
EASI-GenomicsEuropean Advanced infraStructure for Innovative GenomicsProf. Andre Franke2019-2023
EBEAMElectron beams enhancing analytical microscopyProf. Nahid Talebi2021-2026
EFFECTEnvironmental Public Goods from Farming through Effective Contract TargetingProf. Uwe Latacz-Lohmann2019-2023
environMENTALReducing the impact of major environmental challenges on mental healthProf. Frauke Nees2022-2027
EUHFORIA 2.0European Heliospheric Forecasting Information Asset 2.0Prof. Bernd Heber2019-2022
EU-STANDS4PMA European standardization framework for data integration and data-driven in silico models for personalized medicineProf. Philip Rosenstiel2019-2024
GoJellyA gelatinous solution to plastic pollutionDr. Jörn Schmidt2018-2022
GrapheneCore3Graphene Flagship Core Project 3Prof. Rainer Adelung2020-2023
IDEA-FASTLiving in Neurodegenerative Disorders and Immune-mediated Inflammatory DiseasesProf. Walter Maetzler2019-2025
IMI-PainCareImproving the care of patients suffering from acute or chronic painProf. Ralf Baron2018-2023
ImmUniverseBetter Control and Treatment of Immune-mediated Diseases by Exploring the Universe of Microenvironment Imposed Tissue Signatures and their Correlates in Liquid BiopsiesProf. Philip Rosenstiel2020-2024
Instand-NGS4PIntegrated and Standardized NGS Workflows for Personalised TherapyProf. Andre Franke2020-2025
MOBILISE-DConnecting digital mobility assessment to clinical outcomes for regulatory and clinical endorsementProf. Walter Maetzler2019-2024
PANDORAParadigm for Novel Dynamic Oceanic Resource AssessmentsDr. Rüdiger Voss2018-2022
Path2IntegrityRotatory role-playing and role-models to enhance the research integrity cultureDipl.-Päd. Nicolaus Wilder2018-2022
PEGASUSPlasma Enabled and Graphene Allowed Synthesis of Unique nano StructuresDr. Thomas Strunskus2017-2022
R4DResilience For DairyDr. Ralf Loges2021-2024
reSEArch-EUreinforcing SustainablE Actions, resilience, cooperation and harmonisation across and by the SEA-EU Alliance  
SEAwiseShaping ecosystem based fisheries managementDr. Rudi Voss2021-2025
SERPENTINESolar EneRgetic ParticlE aNalysis plaTform for the INner hEliosphereProf. Bernd Heber2021-2024
STIPEDTranscranial brain stimulation as innovative therapy for chronic pediatric neuropsychiatric disorderDr. Uwe Niederberger2017-2021
STOPSTORMA Prospective European Validation Cohort For Stereotactic Therapy Of Re-Entrant TachycardiaProf. Oliver Blanck2021-2025
Super-HEARTSuper-HEART: a fault-tolerant and highly efficient energy hub with embedded short-term energy storage for high availability electric power deliveryProf. Reiner Adelung2022-2025
SYMBNETGenomics and Metabolomics in a Host-Microbe Symbiosis NetworkProf. Hinrich Schulenburg2021-2024
SYSCIDA Systems medicine approach to chronic inflammatory disease (CAU Koordinator)Prof. Philip Rosenstiel2017-2022
TRIATLASTropical and South Atlantic Climate-based Marine Ecosystem Predictions for Sustainable ManagementDr. Jörn Schmid2019-2023
WELMOWearable Electronics for Effective Lung MonitoringProf. Inéz Frerichs2019-2022
ERC Starting Grants

ERC Starting Grants

AcronymProject titlePrincipal InvestigatorDuration
MALEPREGMale pregnancy – Unravelling the coevolution of parental investment and immune defence Prof. Olivia Roth2018-2024
NanoBeamQuantum Coherent Control: Self–Interference of Electron Beams with NanostructuresProf. Nahid Talebi2019-2024
DULICAT Dual Ligand-Enabled Palladium Catalysis: Unlocking Novel Reactivities and Selectivities in Aromatic C–H ActivationProf. Manuel van Gemmeren2021-2026
MicroTMicrobiota-T cell interactions - antigen-specificity and regulation in health and diseaseProf. Petra Bacher2022-2027
ERC Consolidator Grants

ERC Consolidator Grants

AcronymProject titlePrincipal InvestigatorDuration
ASIAPASTFrom herds to empire: Biomolecular and zooarchaeological investigations of mobile pastoralism in the ancient Eurasian steppeProf. Cheryl Makarewicz2018-2024
DECORDecorative Principles in Late Republican and Early Imperial ItalyProf. Anette Haug2016-2021
ERC Synergy Grants

ERC Synergy Grants

AcronymProject titlePrincipal InvestigatorDuration
XSCAPEMaterial Minds: Exploring the Interactions between Predictive Brains, Cultural Artifacts, and Embodied Visual SearchProf. Johannes Müller2021-2027
ERC Proof of Concept

ERC Proof of Concept

AcronymProject titlePrincipal InvestigatorDuration
BEAMOLEDBeam-forming OLED with Nanostructured Fluorescence LayerProf. Martina Gerken2020-2022
VASCUGRAFTStrain-stiffening vascular graft with outstanding complianceProf. Christine Selhuber-Unkel2020-2022
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

AcronymProject titlePrincipal InvestigatorDuration
HaPpY Comorbidity of cHronic Pain and mood disorders: breaking the vicious cYcleProf. Frauke Nees2021-2025
pHioniC pH and Ion Transport in Pancreatic CancerProf. Anna Trauzold2018-2023
PROTONProton Transport and Proton-coupled TransportProf. Eric Beitz2019-2023
SCIENCE4FUTUREFestioval der Wissenschaft in der Kiel Region 2022/2023Linda Piálek2022-2023
SENNETPorous Networks for Gas SensingProf. Norbert Stock2022-2026
SlateSubmarine Landslides and Their impact on European continental marginsProf. Sebastian Krastel2017-2022
SmartAgeGut-brain-axis: Targets for Improvement of Cognition in the ElderlyProf. Christoph Kaleta2020-2024
SMARTGYsumResearch and Training Network for Smart and Green Energy Systems and Business Models Prof. Marco Liserre2021-2025
Taxol biosynthesisDe nova of transcription regulators from taxol®-producing endophytic fungiProf. Frank Kempken2021-2023
TESLAAdvanced Technologies for future European Satellite ApplicationsProf. Michael Höft2019-2023
WINGRIDWind farm - grid interactions: exploration and developmentProf. Marco Liserre2019-2023
ZuppressorsUnravelling the molecular mechanisms underlying wheat susceptibility to diseaseProf. Eva Stukenbrock2021-2023

Interreg A/B projects

Interreg A/B

Interreg A/B

AcronymProject titlePrincipal InvestigatorDuration
A&AAccess & AccelerationProf. Carsten Schultz2019-2022
Energize Co2mmunityEnergize Co2mmunityProf. Robert Hassink2020-2021
NEPTUNPlatform for Innovating Water and Climate Adaption Technologies and SolutionsDr. Sönke Bohm2020-2023
PE-Region PlatformPE-Region Platform – Grenzüberschreitende Plattform für Energieeffiziente LeistungselektronikProf. Marco Liserre2020-2022

Federal projects

Joint projects with CAU as coordinator

Joint projects with CAU as coordinator

ProjectPrincipial InvestigatorTerm
SpaCeParti (Coastal Fishery, Biodiversity, Spatial Use and Climate Change: A Participative Approach to navigate the Western Baltic Sea into a Sustainable Future)Prof. Dr. Marie-Catherine Riekhof2021 - 2024
The do-it-yourself village? Resonances of civic engagement in rural everyday lifeProf. Dr. Florian Dünckmann2021 - 2023
Finger: Feldstudie zur Impfung gegen EbergeruchProf. Dr. Joachim Krieter 2020 - 2022
WTZ Israel: DARTIS - Entwicklung zu einem automatischen, intelligenten Echtzeit Informationssystem für Frühwarnung und Notfallbereitschaft bei offshore Öl- und Gasoperationen vor der Küste IsraelsProf. Dr. Roberto Mayerle 2019 - 2022
ArctiSense: Entwicklung einer prä-operationellen Anwendung zum Monitoring von SchmelzwassertümpelnProf. Dr. Natascha Oppelt 2019 - 2022
TRACKBIRD: Vogelzug über Nord- und Ostsee: Zugmuster und mögliche Auswirkungen der Offshore-WindenergieProf. Dr. Stefan Garthe 2019 - 2022
Biodiversität innerhalb und zwischen roten europäischen Milchviehrassen - Erhaltung durch NutzungProf. Dr. Georg Thaller 2017 - 2021
ANGUS II: Auswirkungen der Nutzung des geologischen Untergrundes als thermischer, elektrischer oder stofflicher Speicher Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bauer 2017 - 2021

Schleswig-Holstein Competence Centres

Schleswig-Holstein Competence Centres

Schleswig-Holstein Competence Centres

Competence CentreSpokespersonTerm

Kompetenzzentrum Mittelstand 4.0 Kiel

Prof. Dr. Carsten Schultz

2018 - 2021

Kompetenzzentrum Geo-Energie

Prof. Dr. Andreas Dahmke

2017 - 2021

Kompetenzzentrum Nanosystematik

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Quandt

2013 - 2020 (Phase I-II)

Museen am Meer

Dr. Boris Pawlowski

2011 - 2013

KMSH: Kompetenzzentrum Milch Schleswig-Holstein

Prof. Dr. Georg Thaller

2009 - 2013

GIS: Zentrum für Geoinformation

Prof. Dr. Rainer Duttmann

2009 - 2013

MoinCC: Kompetenzzentrum molekulare Bildgebung für Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft

Prof. Dr. Claus Christian Glüer

2010 - 2014

CeWind: Kompetenzzentrum Windenergie Schleswig-Holstein

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Fuchs

2009 - 2012

MASY - Marine Aquakultur Systemforschung

Prof. Dr. Carsten Schultz

2008 - 2012

Kompetenzzentrum Biomassenutzung Schleswig-Holstein

Prof. Dr. Eberhard Hartung, Prof. Dr. Jens Born

2006 - 2012 (Phase I-II)

KoSSE: Kompetenzverbund Software Systems Engineering

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hasselbring

2009 - 2012/13

Academy projects

Academy of Sciences projects

Academy of Sciences projects

ProjectProject manager
Johannes Brahms – Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher WerkeProf. Dr. Siegfried Oechsle
Residenzstädte im Alten Reich (1300-1800)Prof. Dr. Gerhard Fouquet
Runische Schriftlichkeit in den germanischen Sprachen (RuneS)Prof. Dr. Edith Marold

Foundation Professorships

Kiel University's Foundation Professorships

Kiel University's Foundation Professorships

Foundation Professorship Professor Term Sponsor
Psychosomatische Akutmedizin Aglaja Stirn 2012-2022 Asklepios Westklinikum HH
Gesundheitsökonomie und Epidemiologie für chronische Lungenerkrankungen Roland Diel 2013-2017 Cellestis Ltd. u. Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienste
Gastroenterologie mit Schwerpunkt chronisch-entzündliche Darmerkrankungen Tanja Kühbacher 2013-2023 Asklepios Westklinikum HH
Ophthalmologie Alexa Klettner 2013-2019 Stiftverband
Klinische Chemie Ralf Junker 2014-2019 Dt. Vereinte Gesellschaft für Kl. Chemie
Pneumologie Klaus Rabe 2009- KKH Großhansdorf GmbH
Empirische Arbeitsmarktforschung u. Räuml. Ökonometrie Annekatrin Niebuhr 2009-2015 Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung IAB
Milchökonomie Sebastian Hess 2014-2019 MELUR und andere
Musikwissenschaft mit SP Musikalische Editionsphilologie Kathrin Kirsch 2014-2020 Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz (50%)
Experimentelle Antikörper-basierte Tumor-Immuntherapie N.N. (Ruf erteilt) 5 Jahre Mildred-Scheel-Stiftung