The following third-party projects in the RCN, which illustrate the focus in neurosensory sciences and have great relevance for further development, are particularly noteworthy:
- Exzellenzcluster EXC 1077 „Hearing for all“ (together with the MHH Hannover and the Leibniz University Hannover, start November 2012)
- Research Training Group „Molecular basis of sensory biology“ (start October 2013)
- DFG research group „Individualized Acustics“ (prolonged by the DFG in February 2015)
- Lichtenberg professorship „Visual Neuroscience“
- MWK promotion program "Interdisciplinary approach to functional biodiversity research"
- MWK PhD program “Nano-energy research”
- High resolution STED -Mikroskop
In particular, the cluster of excellence and the associated professorships of the European Medical School Oldenburg/Groningen (EMS) characterize the current development of the RCN: six Junior professorships and further junior groups with focus on neurosensory science were appointed or set up, of which half should be continued permanently.
Research Units A Research Unit is made up of a team of researchers working together on a research project which, in terms of thematic focus, duration and finances, extends beyond the funding options available under the Individual Grants Programme or Priority Programme. Research Units provide the staff and material resources required for carrying out intensive, medium-term cooperative projects (generally six years). Research Units often contribute to establishing new research directions. Funding opportunities for Research Units are subject to the same principles as research grants.
Research Training Groups, International Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs) are university training programmes established for a specific time period to support young researchers in their pursuit of a doctorate. The Research Training Groups provide these doctoral students with the opportunity to work within a coordinated research programme run by a number of university teachers. Doctoral students are incorporated into the research work being done at the participating institutions. The study programme aims to complement and extend the doctoral students' individual specialisations and to provide a structure for cooperation. An interdisciplinary focus of the research and study programme is desired.
International Research Training Groups provide opportunities for engaging in joint doctoral training between a group at a German university and a partner group at a foreign university.
Collaborative Research Centers are long-term university research centres in which scientists and researchers work together within a cross-disciplinary research programme
Research groups, graduate colleges and special research areas are generally supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG).