Collaborative Research Projects and Centres  

Research Projects
and Centres

Collaborative Research Projects and Centres

Please find information about collaborative top-level research at the University of Leipzig below.

Collaborative Research Centres

Collaborative Research Centres 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. They facilitate scientifically ambitious, complex, long-term research by concentrating and coordinating the resources available at a university.

Excellence Initiative: Graduate Schools

Graduate schools play a key role in developing internationally competitive centres of top-level research and scientific excellence in Germany. They serve as an instrument of quality assurance in promoting young researchers and are based on the principle of training outstanding doctoral students within an excellent research environment. Graduate schools thus offer ideal conditions for doctoral students within a broad scientific area and, as integrative institutions with international visibility, they encourage students to be active members of their academic and social communities. As a result, graduate schools will extend far beyond DFG Research Training Groups and differ from them substantially.

The graduate school is integrated as a class into the Research Academy Leipzig.

International Max Planck Research Schools

The International Max Planck Research Schools - in cooperation between Max Planck Institutes and the University - are centers of scientific excellence in innovative and interdisciplinary research areas which strive to advance junior scientists and researcher.

The International Max Planck Research Schools are integrated as classes into the Research Academy Leipzig.

Research Training Groups

Promotion of Young Researchers

Research Training Groups are established to promote young researchers. They are funded by the DFG for a period of up to nine years. Their key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research programme and a structured training strategy.

All research training groups are integrated in the graduate centres of the Research Academy Leipzig.

Research Units

A Research Unit is made up of a team of outstanding 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. Research Units provide the staff and material resources required for carrying out intensive, medium-term cooperative projects (generally six years). Research Units often contribute to establishing new research directions.

Priority Programmes

A particular feature of the Priority Programme is the nationwide cooperation between its participating researchers. The DFG Senate may establish Priority Programmes when the coordinated support given to the area in question promises to produce particular scientific gain.

Priority Programme 1294: Atmospheric and earth system research with the "High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft" (HALO)  
Priority Programme 1448:  Adaptation and Creativity in Africa - Technologies and Significations in the Production of Order and Disorder

Competence Centres

Third-party funded Competence Centres


Centre for the Study of Religion (CSR)
Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies (FraGes)
Centre for Advanced Study (ZHS)
Centre of International Economics (ZiW)
Centre for Teacher Training and School Research (ZLS)
Magnet Resonance Centre (MRZ)
Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research Leipzig (IZKF)
Centre for Environmental Medicine and Environmental Epidemiology

last update: 06.02.2018 


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