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 (Tom Kay).

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

Why am I listed as a 1080 member?

A: Your PI has a project in the 1080 and confirmed that you should be part of the CP.

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 are the Cooperation Programme (CP) projects funded?

From lump sum funds that the DFG granted to the 1080’s central project (Z project). Tom Kay distributes the funds to your PIs 1080 account from which you will have access to them.

How many projects can be funded in total?

A maximum of four projects can be funded each year with some projects being extended and some projects crossing financial years.

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. Hiwi costs are not advised, as this can use up most of the funds.

What happens if we do not use the whole funding in a given year?

All DFG funds must be used in the year in which they are granted. This means that any unspent funds should be used by your PI. Your PI should then give you the equal amount from their budget the following year.

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.

I have zero interest in a collaboration. Is it important? Why should I care?

This is an opportunity for you to learn new techniques; experience how other labs work; make new connections; manage a budget; have your own project; enhance your CV; and get a taste of what it will be like to run your own CRC project in the future.

Do I need the approval of my PI?

No, but you should inform your PI of the good news. Their input and guidance is important.

Is there an application deadline for new projects?

The PI steering committee would like to review new applications by the last week of March.

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 connected meeting at the International Symposium in November. Your PI may attend, but it is unlikely that other PIs will attend.

What happens if my collaboration project is not completed by 31st December 2020?

We anticipate a 3rd funding period so your project will carry over to this period.

Can I submit a project that may not be finished by the end of the 2nd 1080 funding period?

Yes, but it is better to apply during the first quarter of a financial year.

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?

For non-scientific questions, please contact Tom Kay. For all other questions, please contact a member of the committee for your location.


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