Cooperation Programme


All CRC 1080 PhD students and Postdocs have the opportunity to work with people from other 1080 labs so they can learn new techniques; experience how other labs work; make new connections; manage a budget; have their own project; enhance their CV; and get a taste of what it will be like to run their own CRC project in the future.

The Cooperation Programme is run by peer-selected PhD students and Postdocs from across the 1080 labs. They are supported by the 1080 Steering Committee and the 1080 Manager.

Committee Members

Diane Bissen

(Acker-Palmer Lab)

Heiko Endle

(Vogt Lab)

Barbara Janósi

(Gottschalk Lab)

Fabio Sartori

(Tchumatchenko Lab)

Jonas Schroer

(Luhmann Lab)

Nesrin Sharif

(Berninger Lab)

Programme Members

Goethe-University Frankfurt:

Acker-Palmer lab (3)

Anna D'Errico | Diane Bissen | Franziska Foß

Deller lab (2)

Kenrick Yap | Tijana Radic

Gottschalk lab (2)

Barbara Janósi | Jana Liewald

Roeper lab (3)

Josef Shin | Lora Kovacheva | Strahinja Stojanovic

Tegeder lab (2)

Lana Schumann | Lucie Valek

MPI for Brain Research:

Laurent lab (2)

Hsing-Hsi Li | Lorenz Fenk

Schuman lab (1)

Beatriz Castelao

Tchumatchenko lab (5)

Andreas Nold | Fabio Sartori | Laura Bernáez | Tim Herfurth

Institute for Molecular Biology Mainz:

Niehrs lab (0)

Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz:

Behl lab (2)

Joram Kluge | Mirjam Ax

Berninger lab (3)

Nesrin Sharif | Nicolás Marichal | Sophie Péron

Duch lab (associated) (2)

Niklas Krick | Stephanie Ryglewski

Kipnis lab (0)

Luhmann lab (3)

Davide Warm | Jonas Schroer | Renata Vazpandolfo

Lutz lab (1)

Alejandro Rey

Mittmann lab (4)

Matthias Billaud | Natascha Ihbe | Tobias Ruff

Rumpel lab (2)

Dominik Aschauer | Takahiro Noda

Schmidt lab (0)

Schweiger lab (0)

Vogt lab (2)

Heiko Endle | Sebastian Richers

von Engelhardt lab (3)

Benedikt Gruenwald | Erik Jacobi | Muhammad Aslam

Zipp lab (1)

Tineke Vogelaar

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is a Collaborative Research Center (CRC)?

CRCs are long-term, university-based research institutions, established for up to 12 years, in which researchers work together within a multidisciplinary research programme that is often spread out across multiple locations and institutes, e.g. Mainz, Frankfurt, Jerusalem.

How is it funded?

It is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) with the funds managed at the lead university and distributed to the locations. The DFG is the central, self-governing research funding organisation in Germany.

What is the history of the CRC 1080?

The 1st funding period started on 1st January 2013 (spokesperson: Prof. Robert Nitsch).

The 2nd funding period started on 1st January 2017 (spokesperson: Prof. Amparo Acker-Palmer).

How many groups make up the 1080?

2013-2016 : Group A = 10 Group B = 8 Group C = 0 Other = 2 TOTAL = 20

2017-2020 : Group A = 5 Group B = 7 Group C = 5 Other = 2 TOTAL = 19

Cooperation Programme

What is the Cooperation Programme (CP)?

All 1080 PhD students and Postdocs have the opportunity to work with 1080 people from other labs so they can increase their knowledge of techniques and expand their professional scope. This is a programme for young scientists who want more control over their careers.

Who are the Cooperation Programme (CP) committee and what do they do?

Six members of the CP who were invited by the PI Steering Committee to manage and develop the Cooperation Programme. In effect, they run a smaller version of the 1080.

The committee are (in alphabetical order):

1) Diane Bissen 2) Heiko Endle 3) Barbara Janosi 4) Fabio Sartori 5) Jonas Schroer 6) Nesrin Sharif.

How much money can be requested/attributed per project?

10.000€ per project per year.

What can be funded?

Reagents, animals, travel, and any other costs that are required for the successful running of the project.

I am interested in a collaboration. How do I proceed?

Find someone from the CP group whose scientific focus sounds like it could dovetail with yours. Can you learn something from this person (or persons) and from their lab? Can you design a project that builds on your shared expertise and provides a novel way for you proceed together? If yes, then talk to them, put meat on the bones and then submit an application.

What form do progress reports take?

Written updates (interim progress reports) should be given periodically to the Steering Committee and your PI should be kept in the loop at all times. Oral presentations (with a written update for the PI Steering Committee) will either take place at a follow-up CP meeting or at a wider 1080 meeting. Your PI may attend.

Can we apply for a project extension?

Yes, if your project is moving in an interesting direction and your PI feels that there is benefit in continuing, then please apply for an extension.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please contact a member of the committee for your location.


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