Ca2+ signals:
Molecular Mechanisms and Integrative Functions Collaborative Research Center 894

What is a Sonderforschungsbereich?

Since 1968, the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG) has been supporting so-called Sonderforschungsbereiche (SFB) with public resources.

The SFB is the most popular type of research funding and is regarded as an indicator of international excellence.

As the DFG communicates, "Sonderforschungsbereiche are institutions established at universities for a period of up to 12 years that enable researchers to pursue an outstanding research programme, crossing the boundaries of disciplines, institutes, departments and faculties."

There are two variations in the Sonderforschungsbereiche programme: The traditional Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) is generally applied for by one university and led by that university's researchers.

The SFB/Transregio is jointly applied for by several (generally up to three) universities. The contributions of the cooperative partners are essential, complementary and synergetic to the joint research objective.

Source: UKS Report - Zeitschrift des Universitätsklinikums des Saarlandes und des Vereins seiner Freunde, II-2012, S. 9. & Website of the German Research Foundation.

Sonderforschungsbereiche at Saarland University

Current Sonderforschungsbereiche

SFB 1223 (from 2016) "Methoden und Instrumente zum Verständnis und zur Kontrolle von Datenschutz"
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Michael Backes
Website of the SFB 1223

SFB 1102 (since 2014) "Information Density and Linguistic Encoding"
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Elke Teich
Website des SFB 1102

SFB/TRR 152  Munich, Freiburg, Leipzig, Saarbrücken (since 2014) "Maintenance of Body Homeostasis by Transient Receptor Potential Channel Modules"
Speaker at Saarland University: Prof. Dr. Veit Flockerzi
Website des SFB/TRR 152

CRC 1027 (since 2013) "Physical modeling of non-equilibrium processes in biological systems"
Sprecher: Prof. Heiko Rieger
Website of the SFB 1027

CRC 894 (since 2011) "Ca2+ signals: Molecular Mechanisms and Integrative Functions"
Speaker: Prof. Jens Rettig
Website of the SFB 894

CRC/TRR 57 Aachen, Bonn, Saarbrücken (since 2009) "Organ Fibrosis: From Mechanisms of Injury to Modulation of Disease"
Speaker at Saarland University: Prof. Dr. Bernd Finkbeiner 
Website of the SFB/TRR 57


Concluded Sonderforschungsbereiche at the Faculty of Medicine at Saarland University

SFB 530 (1999 - 2011) "Räumlich-zeitliche Interaktionen zellulärer Signalmoleküle"
Speaker: Prof. Veit Flockerzi

SFB 399 (1996 - 2002) "Molekularpathologie der Proliferation"
Speaker: Profs. Klaus Zang, Eckhard Meese

SFB 246 (1986 - 1997) "Proteinphosphorylierung und intrazelluläre Kontrolle von Membranprozessen"
Speaker: Profs. Wolfgang Trautwein, Franz Hofmann, Bernd Lindemann, Irene Schulz

SFB 38 (1968 - 1985): "Membranforschung"
Speaker: Prof. Robert Stämpfli 

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