Collaborative Research Center

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Collaborative Research Centers (CRC or CRC, collaborative research centers ) are long-term projects for basic research . In the SFB, scientists from several disciplines from a university or several universities cooperate in order to gain new knowledge on a specific topic.


Collaborative research areas in Germany are funded exclusively by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with funds from the federal and state governments. In contrast to other research funding instruments, SFBs aim at a long-term research perspective and can accordingly be funded by the DFG for up to twelve years. Every four years, the results are assessed by external scientists and, if necessary, a renewal application is made. Collaborative Research Centers have existed since 1968. As of July 2018, the DFG will fund a total of 274 Collaborative Research Centers.

In 2018, the Collaborative Research Centers of the DFG celebrated their 50th anniversary. There is also an internet dossier and an animated film that explains the application using the example of the scientist Paula.

See also


  • Axel Streiter (Ed.): 20 years of Collaborative Research Centers. 2nd revised edition. Published on behalf of the German Research Foundation, VCH-Verlag Weinheim etc. 1992, ISBN 3-527-27719-6 (1st edition 1989).
  • Karl Stackmann , Axel Streiter (Ed.) For the German Research Foundation: Collaborative Research Centers 1969–1984: Report on a funding program of the German Research Foundation . VCH, Weinheim / Deerfield Beach FL 1985, ISBN 3-527-27701-3 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Some of the SFBs also had a longer duration in the first few years.
  2. Development of the funding strategy. German Research Foundation (DFG)
  3. DFG press release 17, May 18, 2018