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The Faculty of Engineering actively participates in many research projects across a variety of disciplines, departments, and faculties. These projects are also funded by many different sources. Researchers at the Department of Computer Science are active in the following projects:

Excellence Initiative / Excellence Strategy
The German federal government and states launched an excellence initiative in 2005 and 2019  to support outstanding research at German universities.

Excellence Strategy 2019–2026

Excellence Initiative (2005-2019)

Collaborative Research Centres

Collaborative Research Centers (Sonderforschungsbereiche, SFB) are centers established by universities for a maximum of twelve years. During this time, scientists at the research centers collaborate across disciplines, departments, and faculties within a comprehensive, high-quality research program. Scientists in the centers receive funding from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).

Research Training Groups

Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs, GRK) are academic groups within universities that are designed to promote young scientists. These groups receive funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a maximum of nine years. The purpose of these groups is to provide PhD students the opportunity to gain qualifications within a research program with a specialized focus while providing a clear qualification framework. Research training groups are intended to be interdisciplinary. The goal is to prepare PhD students for the complex scientific and research job market by encouraging them to work as independent scientists.

State-funded structured doctoral programs

Research Networks 

The Faculty of Engineering consists of two departments: the Department of Computer Science (IIF)  and the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK). Through these departments, the faculty participates in a wide number of regional, national, and international research networks. The Faculty of Engineering has several partners in the region with which it has a special relationship. These include the five Fraunhofer institutes located in Freiburg, the Institute of Mikrotechnik and Informationstechnik of the Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft e.V. (HSG-IMIT), and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in particular its Professorship of Materials Processing Technology .

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