Projects / Cooperations

Scientists at MPQ are in close cooperation with other research institutes and universities in Germany as well as in other countries. The most important ones are named below.

Third-Party Funds Projects and other National Projects

The MPQ is involved in a couple of national collaborations among which DFG projects are of special importance. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) is the central, self-governing research funding organization. Its goal is to promote research at universities and other publicly financed research institutions by funding research projects and facilitating cooperation among researchers.


Other projects are directly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Clusters of Excellence

The 'Clusters of Excellence' initiative, set up by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, aims to promote top-level international scientific research in Germany. The individual projects involve partners from universities and industry. The MPQ participates in two of the Clusters of Excellence, each approved in October 2006: 

EU Projects

At MPQ, numerous European projects are funded by the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). The EU Office of Max Planck Institutes in Regional Cluster Bavaria, based at the MPQ, provides support for scientists who plan to submit proposals to FP7 calls.


Here you can find a selection of EU funded projects at MPQ:

International Cooperations

The MPQ is embedded in a worldwide scientific network. Of special importance are the following bi- and multinational cooperations: