DFG funds 13 light microscopes at universities


Around 14.5 million euros as part of a thematically focused large-scale equipment initiative

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding 13 new experimental light microscopes for research with around 14.5 million euros. This was decided by the Joint Committee of the largest research funding organization and central self-governing organization for science in Germany in Bonn. The funding is the result of a call for proposals as part of a large-scale equipment initiative launched by the DFG in January 2018 to apply for highly developed, as yet little-established technologies in the field of light microscopy. The call for proposals entitled "Novel experimental light microscopes for research" met with a great response at the universities: A total of 50 applications were received.

The 13 sponsored light microscopes in detail
(in alphabetical order of the applicant universities):

  • „Kerr Microscopy with Machine Learning Domain Detection for In-Situ Magnetic Materials analysis”
    (Hochschule Aalen, federführend verantwortlich: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schneider)
  • „Lattice Light Sheet Microscope (LLSM)”
    (Charité Berlin – FU Berlin und HU Berlin, federführend verantwortlich: Dr. Jan Schmoranzer)
  • „A Modular Dual 2-Photon Microscope for Multimodal Optogenetics, Synapse Biophysics and Beyond”
    (HU Berlin, federführend verantwortlich: Prof. Dr. Andrew Plested)
  • „New Generation Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope for Multimodal Deep Tissue and Functional Imaging”
    (TU Dresden, federführend verantwortlich: Dr. Hella Hartmann)
  • „A Deconvolution Light-Sheet Microscope for Mesoscopic Tissue Imaging“
    (Universität Duisburg-Essen, federführend verantwortlich: Prof. Dr. Matthias Gunzer)
  • „Göttingen Minflux“
    (Universität Göttingen, federführend verantwortlich: Prof. Dr. Stefan Jakobs)
  • Analysis of Highly Dynamic Sub-Cellular Mechanisms by Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy”
    (Universität Hamburg, federführend verantwortlich: Prof. Dr. Kay Grünewald)
  • „Minflux-Jena – Advancing Single-Molecule Detection in Cell-Biological Research”
    (Universität Jena, federführend verantwortlich: Prof. Dr. Christian Eggeling)
  • „Multi-Signal Far-Field Microscope“
    (Universität Kassel, federführend verantwortlich: Prof. Dr. Angelika Brückner-Foit)
  • „Intravital Nanoscopy for Investigating the Blood-Brain Barrier”
    (Universität Lübeck, federführend verantwortlich: Prof. Dr. Markus Schwaninger)
  • Fast and Integrated Fluorescence Lifetime Microscopy“
    (LMU München, federführend verantwortlich: Dr. Steffen Dietzel)
  • Three-Dimensional Imaging of Cells and Tissues with Ultrahigh Spatiotemporal Resolution by Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy”
    (Universität Osnabrück, federführend verantwortlich: Prof. Dr. Jacob Piehler)
  • „Real-Time Nanoscopy“
    (Universität des Saarlandes, federführend verantwortlich: Prof. Dr. Peter Lipp)

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Fachlicher Ansprechpartner in der DFG-Geschäftsstelle:

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