Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Alliances

Helmholtz Alliances offer participating scientists an attractive opportunity to conduct research on new topics with the necessary critical mass and to develop current research topics in innovative ways. The alliances aim to strategically develop the research profiles of participating Helmholtz Centres and to transfer successful research into the Helmholtz Association’s research programme or to conduct further research on the topics dealt with by the alliances in other ways after the funding has ended. 

Helmholtz Alliances bring together universities, Helmholtz Centres and other non-university research institutions to work on collaborative research projects. Research partners from abroad and companies can also be included. Helmholtz Alliances have their own management structure and develop concepts specifically designed to promote young talent and equal opportunity. Each alliance has a total annual budget of around €5 million at its disposal. This budget is jointly provided for a period of five years by the President’s Initiative and Networking Fund, the participating Helmholtz Centres and their partners.

The Procedure

The third call for proposals for Helmholtz Alliances was published in April 2011. The deadline for submitting draft proposals was 31 August 2011. Applications to set up a Helmholtz Alliance may only be submitted by Helmholtz Centres (as of 1 January 2012) following a call for proposals by the Helmholtz Association’s head office. The call for proposals is not restricted to particular topics. The selection and funding will be awarded by a competitive procedure consisting of a draft proposal and full proposal, with external evaluation and the participation of the Senate of the Helmholtz Association.

Approved Helmholtz Alliances:


The Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS
The Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS places the connections between and among energy technologies, planning procedures and consumer behavior in the focus of the research interests and investigations.

Lead centre: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

More information on the Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS


Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics
Astroparticle physics is a young, interdisciplinary field at the intersections of particle physics, astrophysics, astronomy and cosmology. The Alliance aims for ambitious scientific progress for astroparticle physics at large; however, for its strategic actions it focuses on the topics Astroparticle Theory, the Non-Thermal Universe, the Dark Universe, and Advanced Technologies.

To website of the the Allicance for Astroparticle Physics


The Helmholtz Alliance for Mental Health in an Aging Society
The Helmholtz Alliance
for Mental Health in an Aging Society (HelMA) is involved in research on the age-related neurodegenerative disorders Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and focuses on linking basic and clinical research.

Lead centre: Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU)

More information on the Helmholtz Alliance for Mental Health in an Aging Society


The Helmholtz Alliance “Planetary Evolution and Life”
Scientists working in the Helmholtz Alliance “Planetary Evolution and Life” hope to find answers to questions such as whether life on other planets is possible and what conditions for it exist on other celestial bodies and in distant solar systems.

Lead centre: German Aerospace Center  (DLR)

More information on the Helmholtz Alliance “Planetary Evolution and Life”


The Helmholtz Alliance “Cosmic Matter in the Laboratory”
In the Helmholtz Alliance “Cosmic Matter in the Laboratory”, scientists at the ExtreMe Matter Institute (EMMI) conduct research on how matter behaves at extremely high and low temperatures and at very high density.

Lead centre: GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research

More information on the Helmholtz Alliance “Cosmic Matter in the Laboratory”


The Helmholtz Alliance on Immunotherapy of Cancer
Researchers in the Helmholtz Alliance on Immunotherapy of Cancer are working to find new approaches to the treatment of advanced-stage cancers by harnessing targeted immune responses.

Lead centre: German Cancer Research Center  (DKFZ)

More information on the Helmholtz Alliance on Immunotherapy of Cancer


The Helmholtz Alliance “Physics at the Terascale”
In the Helmholtz Alliance “Physics at the Terascale”, a network of particle physicists from German universities and research centres have joined forces to do research into the building blocks of matter and its structure at the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN research centre in Geneva.

Lead centre: Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)

More information on the Helmholtz Alliance “Physics at the Terascale”


The Helmholtz Alliance on Systems Biology
The Helmholtz Alliance on Systems Biology aims to contribute to a better understanding of complex diseases such as cancer and nervous and cardiovascular disorders and to identify new intervention strategies.

Lead centre: German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

More information on the Helmholtz Alliance on Systems Biology


The Helmholtz Alliance Mem-Brain
The Helmholtz Alliance Mem-Brain develops new membrane materials for use in reducing emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in fossil-fuel power plants.

Lead centre: Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)

More information on the Helmholtz Alliance Mem-Brain

Contact

Schulze_6538

Andreas Schulze

Helmholtz Alliances,
Helmholtz Virtual Institutes

Helmholtz Association

Berlin Office
Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2
10178 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 206329-75
Fax: +49 30 206329-70
andreas.schulze (at) helmholtz.de


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Contact

Schulze_6538

Andreas Schulze

Helmholtz Alliances,
Helmholtz Virtual Institutes

Helmholtz Association

Berlin Office
Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2
10178 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 206329-75
Fax: +49 30 206329-70
andreas.schulze (at) helmholtz.de