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Freiburg-Penn State Collaboration Development Program

Penn State

Penn State University and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg are seeking proposals to foster collaborative, sustainable, self‐supporting research programs. The Collaboration Development Program has been created to provide seed monies to develop plans for long-term programs integrating faculty and junior researchers from both universities.

The joint call of the universities aims to strengthen the collaboration between researchers of the two universities and thus the strategic partnership between the two universities.

The universities welcome applications from joint Freiburg-PennState teams of excellent researchers. The call is open to all disciplines represented at the University of Freiburg and Penn State University. A total of three joint project groups can be funded for a duration of 12 months, starting in February 2018. The program supports research stays, joint conferences, virtual seminars, and the invitation of international guest researchers and activities for younger researchers. The successful joint research groups will receive a budget of 25.000 € per group (equiv. 30.000 USD, in two equal budgets on each side).

Successful teams are expected to exhibit a clear potential to be sustainable through external funding sources and should demonstrate a clear collaborative effort between faculty members on both sides, Freiburg and Penn State.

  • Who: A team of one to four researchers from Freiburg and Penn State University
  • Disciplines: Open to all disciplines
  • When to apply: Deadline for applications is November 5, 2017. The program starts in February 2018.
  • Scope of funding: The successful Joint Research Group receives a budget of 12.500 Euro (Freiburg side) and 15.000 US$ (Penn State-side). This budget can be spent on research stays, joint conferences, virtual seminars, invitation of guest researchers and activities for younger researchers.
  • Period of funding: 12 months



Joint Project Groups FRIAS and PennState 2019-20


Ultrasensitive Liquid Biopsy for Early Cancer Diagnostics

  • Dr. Manching M. Ku (University of Freiburg Medical Center)
  • Prof. Dr. Tak-Sing Wong (Penn State University)


Machine Learning Models for Human Disease Discovery and Prediction

  • Prof. Dr. Harald Binder (University of Freiburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Conrad Tucker (Penn State University)


Framing and analyzing novel interventions for sustainable communities in Africa

  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Neumärker (University of Freiburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Jacobson (Penn State University)


Joint Project Groups FRIAS and PennState 2018-19


Statistics for geometric data and applications to anthropology

  • JProf. Dr. Philipp Harms (University of Freiburg)
  • Prof. Matthew Reimherr (PennState University)


Contacting Crystals and People: A Research Project and Plan to Develop a Self-Sustaining Student Exchange Program

  • Dr. Tina Sorgenfrei (University of Freiburg)
  • Prof. Suzanne Mohney (PennState University)


Insomnia phenotypes – treatment and health consequences

  • Prof. Dr. Dieter Riemann (University of Freiburg)
  • Dr. Dr. Kai Spiegelhalder (University of Freiburg)
  • Prof. Alexandros Vgontzas (PennState University)
  • Prof. Julio Fernandez-Mendoza (PennState University)

Philosophy in the Age of the New War

  • Prof. Dr. Hans‐Helmuth Gander (University of Freiburg)
  • Prof. Nicolas de Warren (PennState University)


Joint Project Groups FRIAS and PennState 2016-17


Faculty Exchange on Water Resources

  • Prof. Dr. Markus Weiler (University of Freiburg)
  • Prof. Tom Richard (PennState University)

Global Health – Strengthening Capacity building through the Pan Institute Network of Global Health (PINGH)

  • Prof. Dr. Wittwer-Backofen (University of Freiburg)
  • Prof. Caprice Knapp (PennState University)