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Collaborative Research Centres (SFB)

Collaborative Research Centres (SFBs) are temporary (lasting up to twelve years) university research centers in which scientists and researchers work together within a cross-disciplinary research program. Projects from several universities and other institutions can be included.

Freie Universitaet Berlin hosts in 2018 10 SFBs and participates in 11 others. In addition, Freie Universitaet is involved in 4 SFBs through Charité-University Medicine, Berlin (incl. 4 Transregios). 

SFB 958: Scaffolding of Membranes - Molecular Mechanisms and Cellular Functions
- since 2011 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Sigrist, Phone: (+49 30) 838-56940
Address: Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Biology, Takustr. 6, 14195 Berlin

SFB 973: Priming and Memory of Organismic Responses to Stress
- since 2012 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Monika Hilker, Phone: (+49 30) 838-55913
Address: Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences und Institut für Biologie, Hardeslebener Str. 9, 12163 Berlin

SFB 980: Episteme in Motion. Transfer of Knowledge from Ancient World to the Early Modern Period
- since 2012 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gyburg Uhlmann, Phone: (+49 30) 838-54113
Address: Dept. of Philosophy and Humanities, Institute of Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

SFB 1078: Protonation Dynamics for Protein Function
- since 2013 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Joachim Heberle, Phone: (+49 30) 838-53581, Prof. Dr. Holger Dau, Tel.: (+49 30) 838-53581
Address: Dept. of Physics, Biophysics, Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin

SFB 1114: Scales Cascades in Complex Systems
- since 2014 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rupert Klein, Phone: (+49 30) 838-75414
Address: Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Numerical Mathematics and Scientific Computing, Arnimallee 22, 14195 Berlin

SFB 1171: Affective Societies - Dynamics of Living Together in Moving Worlds
- since 2015 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, Phone: (+49 30) 838-57847
Address: Dept. of Political and Social Sciences, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Landoltweg 9-11, 14195 Berlin

SFB 1349: Fluorine-Specific Interactions: Basics and Applications
- since 2019 -

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Hasenstab-Riedel, Phone: (+49 30) 838-59850
Address: Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Fabeckstr. 34-36, 14195 Berlin

SFB/TRR 170: Late Accretion Onto Terrestrial Planets
- since 2016 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Harry Becker, Phone: (+49 30) 838-70668
Address: Dept. of Earth Sciences, Institute of Geological Sciences, Malteserstr. 74-100, 12249 Berlin

SFB/TRR (Transregio) 227: Ultrafast Spin Dynamics
- 2018 -

Spokesperson: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Weinelt, Phone: (+40 30) 838-53341
Address: Dept. of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics, Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin

SFB 854: Molecular Organization of Cellular Communication of the Immune System
- since 2010 -

Participating scientist: PD Dr. Christian Freund, Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy
Univ. of the spokesperson: Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

SFB 910: Control of Self-Organising Non-Linear Systems: Theoretical Methods and Application of Concepts
- since 2011 -

Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernold Fiedler, Dept. of Mathematic and Computer Science, Analysis
Univ. of the spokesperson: Technische Universität Berlin

SFB 951: Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics
- since 2019 -

Participating scientists: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Katharina Franke, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kirill Bolotin, Dept. of Physics, Institute of Experimental Physics
Univ. of the spokesperson: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

SFB 1029: TurbIn - Substantial Efficiency Increase in Gas Turbines through Direct Use of Coupled Unsteady Combustion and Flow Dynamics
- since 2012 -

Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rupert Klein, Dept. of Mathematic and Computer Science, Mathematics
Univ. of the spokesperson: Technische Universität Berlin

SFB 1265: Re-Figuration of Spaces
- since 2018 -

Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Barbara Pfetsch, Dept. of Political and Social Sciences, Institute for Media and Communication Studies
Univ. of spokesperson: Technische Universität Berlin

SFB 1315: Mechanisms and Disturbances in Memory Consolidation: from the Synaptic Level to the System Level
- since 2018 -

Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Sigrist, Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Biology
Univ. of spokesperson: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

SFB Transregio 67: Functional Biomaterials for Controlling Healing Processes in Bone and Skin – from Material Science to Clinical Application
- since 2017 -

Participating scientist: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Rademann, Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Pharmacy
Univ. of spokesperson: Universitätsklinikum Leipzig, Universitätsklinikum Dresden

SFB Transregio 109: Discretization in Geometry and Dynamics
- since 2012 -

Participating scientists: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Konrad Polthier, Dr. Günter Ernst Roth, Univ.-Prof. Günter Ziegler, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Univ. of spokesperson: Technische Universität Berlin

SFB Transregio 183: Entangled States of Matter
- since 2016 -

Participating scientists: Prof. Dr. Piet Brouwer, Dept. of Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics
Univ. of spokesperson: Universität zu Köln, Freie Universität Berlin

SFB Transregio 186: Molecular Switches: Spatio-temporal Control of Cellular Signal Transmission
- since 2016 -

Participating scientists: Prof. Dr. Christian Freund, Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Univ. of spokesperson: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Freie Universität Berlin

SFB Transregio 224: Economic Perspectives on Societal Challenges. Equality of Opportunity, Market Regulation, and Financial Stability
- since 2019 -

Participating scientists: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Engert, Dept. of Law, Civil Law
Univ. of spokesperson:  Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and Univesrität Mannheim

Collaborative Research Centres of the Charité-University Medicine, Berlin, with coordination at Freie Universität Berlin:

Overview: Collaborative Research Centres of the Charité - University Medicine, Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin hosted the following collaborative research centres:

  • SFB 267: Deformation Processes in the Andes - Interaction between andogenic and exogenic processes during subduction orogenesis (1993 - 2004)

  • SFB 290: Metallic Thin Films: Structure, Magnetism and Electronic Properties (1993 - 2004)

  • SFB 312: Membran Processes (1992 -1999)

  • SFB 337: Validation of Stochastic Systems (1990 - 2001)

  • SFB 344: Regulatory Structures of Nucleic Acids and Proteins (1990 - 1999)

  • SFB 366: Cellular Signal Recognition and Transduction (1994 - 2005)

  • SFB 447: Performing Culture (1999 - 2010)

  • SFB 449: Structure and Function of Membrane Integral Receptors (1999 - 2010)

  • SFB 450: Analysis and Control of Ultrafast Photoinduced Reactions (1998 - 2010)

  • SFB 498: Protein-Cofactor Interactions in Biological Processes (2000 - 2009)

  • SFB 515: Mechanisms of Developmental and Experience-Dependent Neural Plasticity (1996 - 2005)

  • SFB 626: Esthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits (2003 - 2014)

  • SFB 650: Cellular methods for Suppression of unwanted immune reactions (2005 - 2016)

  • SFB 658: Elementary processes in molecular switches at surfaces (2005 - 2017)

  • SFB 700: Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood: New Modes of Governance? (2006 - 2017)

  • SFB 765: Multivalency as Chemical Organization and Action Principle: New Architectures, Functions and Applications (2008 - 2019)
  • SFB 852: Nutrition and Intestinal Microbiota - Host Interaction in the Pig (2010 - 2013)

  • SFB 1112: Nanocarriers: Architecture, Transport, and Topical Application of Drugs for Therapeutic Use (2013 - 2017)
  • SFB Transregio 43: A brain as a target of inflammatory processes (2008 - 2016)