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DFG Research Units

A DFG Research Unit (FOR) is made up of an interdisciplinary team of researchers working together on a research project which, in terms of thematic focus, duration, and finances, extends beyond the funding options available under the Individual Grants Programme or Priority Programme. The duration of the Research Unit is usually six years.

Research Units often contribute to the establishment of new directions in research.

Freie Universität Berlin hosts 9 Research Units, including 4 College Research Units, and participates in 15 others. 4 Research Units are coordinated by Freie Universität Berlin at Charité-University Medicine, Berlin. 

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Research College FOR 1026: The Transformative Power of Europe: The European Union and the Diffusion of Ideas
- since 2008

Spokespersons: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tanja Börzel, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse, Phone: (+49 30) 838-54830
Address:
Dept. of Political and Social Sciences, Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science, Ihnestr. 21, 14195 Berlin

FOR 1091: Popular Seriality - Aesthetics and Practice
- since 2010

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Frank Kelleter, Phone: (+49 30) 838-52703
Address: John-F.-Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies, Lansstr. 7-9, 14195 Berlin

FOR 1095: Stratospheric Change and its Role for Climate Prediction (SHARP)
- since 2009

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Langematz, Phone: (+49 30) 838-71165
Address: Dept. of Earth Sciences, Institute of Meteorology, Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10, 12165 Berlin

FOR 1206: Justitia Amplificata: Amplified Justice - Concrete and Global
- since 2009

Spokespersons: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Gosepath, Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst (University of Frankfurt/Main)
Address:
Dept. of Philosophy and Humanities, Institute of Philosophy, Habelschwerdter Allee 30, 14195 Berlin

FOR 1627: Evidence of Images: History and Aesthetics
- since 2011

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Krüger, Prof. Dr. Peter Geimer, Phone: (+49 30) 838-53865, (+49 30) 838-53849
Address: Dept. of History and Cultural Studies, Art History, Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin

FOR 1703 Transcultural Negotiations in the Ambits of Art. Comparative Perspectives on Historical Contexts and Contemporary Constellations
- since 2011

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Karin Gludovatz , Phone: (+49 30) 838-53824
Address: Dept. of History and Cultural Studies, Institute of Art History, Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin

FOR 2161: Organized Creativity - Practices for Inducing and Coping with Uncertainty
- since 2016 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jörg Sydow, Phone: (+49 30) 838-53783
Address: School of Business and Economics, Boltzmannstr. 20, 14195 Berlin

FOR 2229 Thinking films - Poetologies of the audiovisual image
- since 2014

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Hermann Kappelhoff, Phone: (+49 30) 838-50378
Address: Dept. of Philosophy and Humanities, Institute of Theater Studies, Grunewaldstr. 35, 12165 Berlin

FOR 2305: Discursification of the New. Tradition and Novation in Texts of the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period
- since 2016 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Huß, Phone: (+49 30) 838-55315
Address: Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin
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FOR 741: Nanoscale Processes and Geomaterials Properties
- since 2007-

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich
Univ. of spokesperson:
Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum - GFZ
Participating scientist:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susann Schorr (Dept. of Earth Sciences, Institute for Geology)

FOR 948: Nitrogen Uptake, Metabolism and Remobilization in Leaves during Plant Senescence
- since 2009 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Nikolaus von Wirén
Univ. of spokesperson:
Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung Gatersleben
Participating scientist:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Reinhard Kunze (Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Biology, Genetics)

FOR 964: Calcium Signaling via Protein Phosphorylation in Plant Model Cell Types during Environmental Stress Adaption
- since 2008 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jörg Kudla
Univ. of spokesperson:
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tina Romeis (Institute of Biology,  Physiology of Plants and Microbiology)

FOR 1279: "Protein-based Photoswitches" as optogenetic tools
- since 2010 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Peter Hegemann
Univ. of spokesperson: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Joachim Heberle (Dep. of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics)

FOR 1282: Controlling the electronic structure of semiconductor nanoparticles by doping and hybrid formation
- since 1282 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thomas Möller
Univ. of spokesperson: Technische Universität Berlin
Participating scientists: Dr. Roland Mitric, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Vlasta Bonacic-Koutecky (Dep. of Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics)

FOR 1381: Political Communication in the Online-World
- since 2011 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Vowe
Univ. of spokesperson: Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Participating scientist: Prof. Dr. Julia Raupp (Dept. of Political and Social Sciences, Institute of Media and Communication Studies)

FOR 1539: Horizontal Europeanization
- since 2011-

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Martin Heidenreich
Univ. of spokesperson: Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Participating scientist: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gerhards (Dept. of Political and Social Sciences, Institute of Sociology)

FOR 1543: Shear flow regulation of hemostasis - Bridging the gap between nanomechanics and clinical presentation
- since 2011 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schneppenheim
Univ. of spokesperson: Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
Participating scientist:
Prof. Dr. Roland Netz (Dept. of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics)

FOR 1583: Hydrogen-Bounded Liquids Subject to Interfaces of Various Hydroaffinities
- since 2011 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Michael Vogel
Univ. of spokesperson: Technische Universität Darmstadt
Participating scientist:
PD Dr. Daniel Sebastiani (Dept. of Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics)

FOR 1736: Urban Climate and Heat Stress in mid-Latitude Cities in View of Climage Change
- since 2012 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Dieter Scherer
Univ. of spokesperson: Technische Universität Berlin
Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs (Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Sciences)

FOR 1745: International management. Emergence and development of management patterns and their influence on international policy-making
- since 2014 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Christoph Knill
Univ. of spokesperson: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Participating scientists: Dr. Helge Jörgens (Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Sciences), Prof. Dr. Nina Kolleck (Educational Research and Social Systems)

FOR 1898: Multiscale Dynamics of Gravity Waves (MS-GWaves)
- since 2014 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Achatz
Univ. of spokesperson: Goethe-Universitität Frankfurt am Main
Participating scientist:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rupert Klein (Institute of Mathematics)

FOR 2213: Nanoporous gold - A prototype for a rational design of catalysts
- since 2015 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Marcus Bäumer
Univ. of spokesperson: Jacobs Universität Bremen
Participating scientist:Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse (Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry)

FOR 2235: The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline?
- since 2015 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Georg Nolte
Univ. of spokesperson: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heike Krieger (Public Law)

FOR 2397: Multiskalen-Analyse komplexer Dreiphasensysteme
- seit 2016 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thomas Turek
Univ. of spokesperson: Technische Universität Clausthal
Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christina Roth (Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
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Freie Universität Berlin hosted the following research units:

  • FOR 438 An Integrative Analysis of Mechanisms of Probiotic Action in Pigs (2001 - 2008)
  • FOR 463 Innovative Pharmaceuticals and Carrier Systems - Integrative Optimization for the Treatment of Inflammatory and Hyperproliferative Diseases (2002 - 2008)
  • FOR 530 Self Narratives in Transcultural Perspektive (2004 - 2011)
  • FOR 606 Processes of the Reorganisation of Knowledge Traditions between the 13th and 17th Centuries (2005 - 2013)
  • FOR 736 The Precambrian-Cambrian Bioshere Revolution: Insights from Chinese Microcontinents (2007 - 2014)
  • FOR 955 Actors of Cultural Globalisation (1860 - 1930) (2008 - 2014)
  • FOR 1336: From monocytes to brain macrophages - conditions influencing the fate of myeloid cells in the brain (2010-2015, Charité-University Medicine, Berlin)
  • FOR 1363 Biogenic Amines Insects: Coordination of Physiological Processes and Behaviour (2010 - 2013)
  • KFO 218: Hormonal regulation of body weight maintenance (2009-2015, Charité-University Medicine, Berlin)
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