International Collaborations & Funding
Researchers of the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) have successfully competed for funding sources of the European Community including a contribution in the Network of Excellence, EpiGeneSys in the past years. Additionally, five ERC Starting Grants, one ERC Consolidator Grant, and two ERC Advanced Grants have been assigned to MPI-IE colleagues. The European Research Council (ERC) is a public body established by the European Commission for funding of scientific and technological research conducted within the European Union.
Within the upper Rhine valley, the MPI-IE has established strong relationships with two major research institutions in this area: the Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI) in Basel (Switzerland), and the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC) in Strasbourg (France). FMI, IGBMC and MPI-IE are connected by various scientific projects and interactions. For instance the “Tri-Rhena Transcription and Chromatin Club” meeting: Organized by the three faculties it is a half-day symposium that unites the region’s chromatin, epigenetics, and transcription groups on a bi-annual basis.
Further, the establishment of the Max Planck – The University of Tokyo Center of Integrative Inflammology, co-headed by Rudolf Grosschedl, has significantly strengthened the research alliance between Japan and Germany. In addition, the MPI-IE has close relationships with the University of California, Irvine, where the external scientific member of the MPI-IE, Paolo Sassone-Corsi, is Donald Bren Professor of Biological Chemistry.