On July 1, 2012, the German Research Foundation (DFG) will be setting up a new Transregional Collaborative Research Center (CRC/TR) to study multiple sclerosis. The Mainz University Medical Center will be responsible for its coordination.
This is just the most recent example of the success of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany, in acquiring projects and third-party funds.The new CRC/TR is a symbol of the ongoing positive trend in research promotion at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the Mainz University Medical Center. Rhineland-Palatinate's Minister of Science, Doris Ahnen, sees the research funding policy at Mainz as being on track for further success.
* In March 2012, the European Commission approved funding to the tune of EUR 6 million for the EU research project "Blue Genics," which was initiated by the Mainz University Medical Center. The goal of this research project is to use biomedically relevant substances from the deep sea in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.* In January 2012, the Cluster Individualized Immune Intervention (CI3) based in Mainz, in which the Mainz University Medical Center and JGU participate, was one of the winners of the Leading-Edge Cluster competition held by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This success translates into federal funding worth up to EUR 40 million.
* In addition, the University Medical Center has succeeded in acquiring third-party funds from industry. Shire Deutschland AG has allocated EUR 1 million to the Medical Center for an endowed professorship.
* The Mainz University Medical Center and JGU also have close links with the international research sector, as proven by the establishment of the German-Chinese Joint Center for Biomaterials. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research will be providing EUR 400,000 towards the funding of this Joint Center.Not only can Mainz boast remarkable successes in the field of medicine; its core research units in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences are also acquiring third-party funding thanks to their superb performance. A case in point is the new Collaborative Research Center in nuclear physics, "The Low-Energy Frontier of the Standard Model: From Quarks and Gluons to Hadrons and Nuclei," which has been has investigating fundamental aspects of the world of sub-atomic particles since January 2012. The high-precision measurements and theoretical analyses planned as part of this project will be carried out by the physicists working with the MAMI electron accelerator in Mainz in cooperation with Chinese colleagues at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) in Beijing. This new CRC will be receiving funding of approximately EUR 8 million over its first four years. In addition, two outstanding researchers in the fields of chemistry and physics at JGU, Professor Dr. Claudia Felser and Professor Dr. Matthias Neubert, have each been awarded one of the prestigious Advanced Grants of the European Research Council (ERC), worth EUR 2.4 million and EUR 2.1 million respectively. In the materials sciences sector, the Volkswagen Foundation is providing EUR 550,000 to fund a joint project that is being supervised by JGU, in which the universities of Mainz and Osnabrück will be collaborating with the Jülich Research Center with the aim of demonstrating the technical feasibility of a quantum computer on the basis of electron spins. Two major projects in the German Academy program serve as examples of projects in the humanities and social sciences being funded by the German Research Foundation: The first digital dictionary of German surnames (EUR 3.2 million) and the art history project on the history of royal residential cities (EUR 5.8 million) are being sponsored as part of the Academy program of the eight German Academies of Sciences and Humanities. And, with effect from summer semester 2012, the German Research Foundation will be providing EUR 254,000 to fund the project "A Bibliography and Historical Analysis of Protestant and Catholic Catechistic and Educational Literature, 1750 to 1900."
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