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The Central Research Development Fund (CRDF)

As early as 1976, the University was one of the first in Germany to establish comprehensive central research funding. Profile formation, the promotion of young talent and intensification of efforts to acquire third-party funding continue to be the pursued objectives.

This highly successful instrument was adapted in 2011 to the changed framework conditions by adjusting the CRDF funding lines. The new CRDF facilitates transitions between career stages, promotes early scientific independence, and opens up access to new research topics.

In addition, the new CRDF fosters internationalization and attracts outstanding young researchers – especially women. This page provides an overview of current funding.

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New posters to present CF funding lines

At the Open Campus in June 2017, the Central Research Development  Fund presented its funding lines with new posters. In addition to a short presentation of the funding lines, the recipients also have their say. Click on the posters in the picture gallery to enlarge the images.


Current projects funded by CRDF


  • Ethical Play and Empathy: Affective Semiotics of Digital Games and Transmedia
    Carman Ng (Prof. Dr. phil. John A. Bateman, Faculty 10: Linguistics)
  • Stable boroles are to be synthesized and will be polymerized for the first time, leading to a new class of semiconducting polymers.
    Dr. rer. nat. Anne Heitmann (Prof. Dr. Anne Staubitz, Faculty 02: Chemistry)
  • Exploring the Political Agency of Male Sexual Violence Survivors in Northern Uganda
    Philipp Schulz (Professor Klaus Schlichte, FB 08: Sozialwissenschaften)
  • Voronoi Cell Based Atom Counting Methods for Transmission Electron Microscopy
    Florian F. Krause (Prof. Dr. Andreas Rosenauer, Faculty 01: Physics)
  • How to make nodes in IoT understand data: autonomous ultra-low-power mote-architectures boosted with intelligent algorithms.
    Yanqiu Huang (Alberto García-Ortiz, Faculty 01: Electrical Engineering)
  • (Ohn-)Macht und Melancholie der Zurückgekehrten: Die literarische Figur des postimperialen Heimkehrers in der europäischen Romania Thema: Das Projekt konzentriert sich am Beispiel französischer, portugiesischer sowie spanischsprachiger Romantexte des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts auf die bisher kaum erforschte Figur des europäischen Rückkehrers aus ehemaligen Kolonialgebieten (u.a. aus Räumen, die heute zu Algerien, Angola, Brasilien, Haiti, Peru und der Westsahara gehören), um den literarischen Aushandlungsprozessen des kolonialen Machtverlustes innerhalb der europäischen Romania nachzugehen.
    Dr. des. Martina Johanna Vera Urioste-Buschmann (Prof. Dr. Gisela Febel, FB 10: Romanistik)
  • Literatur und Erschöpfung. Topographien des Ausstiegs in der Literatur des 18. – 21. Jahrhunderts 
    Dr. phil. Julian Osthues (Prof. Dr. Axel Dunker, FB 10: Germanistik)
  • Microstructural evolution during the process chain of additive manufacturing
    Ph.D. Olga Zinovieva (Prof. Dr. Vasily Ploshikhin, Faculty 01: Physics)
  • Unraveling the mechanisms of the exceptionally high heat tolerance of Namibian legume symbionts can provide a basis for molecular genetic and biotechnological approaches to combat current and further threats of climate change
    Jann Grönemeyer (Professor Barbara Reinhold-Hurek, FB 02: Biologie)
  • Integrating field measurements and numerical modeling in order to understand carbon dynamics in Southeast Asian rivers
    Denise Müller-Dum (Justus Notholt, FB 01: Physik)
  • Adaptation potential of thermally tolerant benthic symbiont-bearing foraminifera from the Persian Gulf constrained by physiological measurements and oxidative stress biomarkers to test if higher resistance towards increasing temperatures exists 
    Christiane Schmidt (Prof. Michal Kucera, Faculty 05: Geosciences)
  • Die transnationale Entstehung einer gesunden Nation: Gesundheit und Sozialstaat in Uruguay (1870-1940)
    Teresa Huhle (Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels, FB 08: Geschichtswissenschaft)
  • Additive Verfahren zur Herstellung lokaler sensorischer Strukturen für materialintegrierte Messungen 
    Gerrit Dumstorff (Walter Lang, FB 01: Elektrotechnik)


  • Symbolic Virtual Hardware/Firmware Co-verification
    Dr.-Ing. Hoang M. Le (Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler, Faculty 03: Computer Science)
  • Nitrogen management in the making – Material practices and policies in Germany
    Dr. phil. Friederike Gesing (Prof. Dr. Michael Flitner, FB 08: Geographie)
  • Linguistik des Widerspruchs
    Dr. Daniel Schmidt-Brücken (Prof. Dr. Ingo H. Warnke, FB 10: Germanistik)
  • Monstrous Medicine - Obstetrics in Literature and Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century 
    Dr. phil. Jennifer Henke (Prof. Dr. Norbert Schaffeld, FB 10: Anglistik)
  • Kontaktinduzierter Sprachwandel im Portugiesischen: Der indische Einfluss
    Dr. Uta Tabea Salzmann (Prof. Dr. Carolin Patzelt, FB 10: Romanistik)
  • Class Consciousness in Nigerian Literature and the Performing Arts: Gender, Sexuality and Politics, 1914- 2014.
    PhD Olorunshola Adenekan (Prof Kerstin Knopf, Faculty 10: English Studies)
  • Male feminists, straight homo-lobbyists, and female agents of patriarchy: strategies of constructing femininity, masculinity and sexual identity in German, Latvian and Polish social media discourses
    PhD Joanna Chojnicka (Eeva Sippola, Faculty 10: Linguistics)
  • Development of qualitative models for reasoning cognitively about space and time, and their application to (i) Education, Art and Design and to (ii) Robotics and Ambient Intelligent Systems.
    Dr.-Ing. Zoe Falomir Llansola (Prof. Christian Freksa PhD., Faculty 03: Computer Science)
  • Erklärungskompetenz von Physiklehrkräften
    Dr. Christoph Kulgemeyer (Prof. Dr. Horst Schecker, FB 01: Physik)
  • Konsumkritisches Medienhandeln
    Dr. Sigrid Kannengießer (Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp, FB 09: Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft)
  • Switchable Radicals in First-Row Transition Metal Complexes – Controllable Redox Non-Innocent Ligands as the Key for Small Molecule Activation.
    Dr. sc. Dipl. Chem. Matthias Vogt (Jens Beckmann, Faculty 02: Chemistry)
  • Romanisierung und Verbrüderung. Religiöse und berufliche Organisation im Imperium Romanum
    Dr. Benedikt Eckhardt (Tassilo Schmitt, FB 08: Geschichtswissenschaft)
  • Survival of the fittest: Unraveling the role of membrane lipids in physiological adaptations of marine bacterioplankton
    Dr. Florence Schubotz (Prof. Kai-Uwe Hinrichs, Faculty 05: Geosciences)
  • Erforschung von Politikdiffusion in Gesundheitssystemen am Beispiel von Policy Learning in Managed Care
    Dr. Mirella Cacace (Prof. Dr. Heinz Rothgang, FB 11: Gesundheitswissenschaften)
  • A range of state-of-the-art computational chemistry methods will be used to study phenomena related to the host-guest interactions in zeolites, in particular the structure and bonding of water molecules and ammonium cations, the adsorption behaviour of polar guest species, and the elastic properties.
    Dr. rer. nat. Michael Fischer (Prof. Reinhard X. Fischer, Faculty 05: Geosciences)
  • Die molekularen Interaktionen des Hepatitis A-Virus (HAV) mit der Wirtszelle bei der Aufnahme und der Freisetzung des Virus
    Dr. Dajana Paulmann (Prof. Dotzauer, FB 02: Biologie)


  • Dynamics of interdependent decisions
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Bornholdt (FB 01: Physik), Prof. Dr. Uwe Schimank (FB 08: Sozialwissenschaften)