Flagship InitiativeEngineering Molecular Systems
The Flagship Initiative Engineering Molecular Systems (Fl EMS) is part of the Excellence Strategy of Heidelberg University and brings together researchers from different institutes and faculties of the university as well as non-university research institutions. The aim of the Flagship Initiative is to develop new materials, methods, technologies, devices, and therapies at the molecular level using both natural and synthetically made components. This requires an alliance of disciplines such as chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and medicine plus theoretical computations and simulations.
Engineering molecular systems is a new field of research that has the potential to make groundbreaking innovations that can broadly benefit society. The field includes synthetic biology, medicine, materials science, organic electronics, and new environmental technologies. Breakthroughs could come in the form of new types of carbon-based materials, molecular machines with a wide range of applications, including in regenerative medicine, vaccines, and cells with tumour-fighting properties. This research could likewise advance diagnostics, sensor technology, clean and renewable energies, and the development of new data processing algorithms.
A number of institutes of Heidelberg University as well non-university research institutions – among them the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research – are involved in the Flagship Initiative’s interdisciplinary work. The Flagship also strengthens the link between Fields of Focus I (Molecular Foundations of Life, Health, and Disease) and II (Patterns and Structures in Mathematics, Data, and the Material World), thereby fostering scientific exchange beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries within the university itself.
Currently you can apply for two calls announced by the FI EMS. A project call for members of the Heidelberg University and a Young Investigator Call supporting young scientist applying for an independent research group. You can find details among “Funding Lines” or subscribing for the FI EMS Newsletter through email@example.com
Faculties and non-university partners
Several non-university research institutions are working alongside six Heidelberg University faculties in the Flagship Initiative, thus facilitating and promoting interdisciplinary as well as interinstitutional cooperation.
Funded Projects and Investments
The FI EMS has selected two projects in the first call which are going to be funded for a period of two years. Additionally some investments were made to support EMS activities at Heidelberg University.
FI EMS projects are highly diverse, interdisciplinary and can be found in many different research areas. Insights into molecular systems engineering activities at Heidelberg University are given by the presented projects.
Calls for Proposals
FI EMS is funding individual projects in the field of Molecular Systems Engineering as well as a major “Spotlight” Project preparing for a cluster of excellence. Young scientist of all research institutions can apply for the Young Investigator Call. The FI EMS is offering support for the application process for independent research groups.