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Priority programme "Physics of Parasitism" (SPP 2332)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
In spring 2020, the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme "Physics of Parasitism" (SPP 2332). The programme is designed to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the first three-year funding period.

The Priority Programme has a clear focus on the application of concepts and methods from physics to understand the general foundations underlying parasitism. Both projects from single groups and collaborative projects are welcome. Projects to be considered for funding shall address at least one of the following aspects:
o the anatomy and mechanical properties of parasites
o the physics of interaction of parasites with their microenvironments
o parasitic locomotion in natural and nature-inspired microenvironments
o the mechanics of parasites attachment to host structures

To achieve these goals, the Priority Programme brings together parasitologists, cell biologists, and tissue engineers with physicists, mathematicians and computational scientists. Thus, the technical tools used shall include high-end combinations of state-of-the-art biological, biophysical and physical tools, as well as simulation methods and artificial intelligence.
The following topics will not be considered for funding in the framework of the programme:
o projects that focus on non-eukaryotic pathogens
o projects that are solely based on genetics, structural biology, engineering, or veterinary and medical parasitology

For scientific enquiries please contact the Priority Programme coordinator:
Professor Dr. Markus Engstler
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Biozentrum der Universität Würzburg
Lehrstuhl für Zell- und Entwicklungsbiologie (Zoologie I)
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
phone +49 931 31 80060

Questions on the DFG proposal process can be directed to:
For general scientific matters:
Dr. Andreas Strecker
phone +49 228 885-2530

For administrative and elan matters:
Bettina Schilling
phone +49 228 885-2391

Further Information: