International Projects

The Max Planck Institute of Biophysics receives funds from internationally renowned funding agencies, including the European Research Council (ERC).

EU Projects

By challenging Europe's brightest minds, the European Research Council (ERC) expects that its grants will help to bring about new and unpredictable scientific and technological discoveries - the kind that can form the basis of new industries, markets, and broader social innovations of the future.

The MPI Biophysics currently hosts three ERC Grants:

Beyond Nucleocytoplasmic Transport – Nuclear Pores as Self-regulating Valves for Flux Across the Nuclear Envelope
Investigator: Martin Beck
Term: 2023–2028  
Intrinsic Autophagy Receptors: Identity and Cellular Mechanisms
Investigator: Florian Wilfling
Term: 2022–2027  
Mechanism, Regulation and Functions of DNA Loop Extrusion by SMC Complexes
Investigator: Eugene Kim
Term: 2023–2028  


Other International Research Grants

Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Damage Control by PINK1 and Parkin
Coordinating Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Investigator: Gerhard Hummer
Term: 2020–2023  
Visual Proteomics Becomes Dynamic
Investigators: Martin Beck, Gerhard Hummer, Beata Turoňová
Term: 2021–2024  


International Cooperations


Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
Institute of Oceanography, Qingdao
National Institute of Food and Drug Control, Beijing
Sichuan University, Chengdu
Tianjin University, Tianjin

Hebrew University, Jerusalem
University Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv

Kyushu Institute of Technology, Iizuka
Nagoya University, Nagoya
University of Tokyo, Tokyo


Centre Hospitalier National d'Ophtalmologie des Quinze-Vingts, Paris
Centre national de la recherche scientifique - CNRS, Montpellier
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility - ESRF, Grenoble
Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, Paris
Institut Pasteur, Paris
Université de Paris-Sud, Paris
Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg

Aarhus University, Aarhus

European Molecular Biology Laboratory - EMBL, Heidelberg

University of Crete, Heraklion

University of Florence, Florence

Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica - ITQB, Lisboa
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa

Swiss Light Source SLS Villigen
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule - ETH Zurich, Zurich
University of Zurich, Zurich
Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel

United Kingdom
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
Rutherford Appelton Laboratory, Harwell
Imperial College, London
King’s College London, London
University of Bristol
University of East Anglia, Norwich
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
University of Exeter, Exeter.

North America

Icahn School of Medicine, New York, NY
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
University of Washington, Seattle, WA.


New Zealand
• University of Otago, Dunedin

Bi- and multinational collaborations include: 

  • Centre Hospitalier National d'Ophtalmologie des Quinze-Vingts, Paris, France 
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China 
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory - EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany 
  • ESRF, Grenoble, France 
  • Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland 
  • Icahn School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA 
  • Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, Paris, France
  • Institut Pasteur, Paris, France 
  • Kyushu Institute of Technology, Iizuka, Japan 
  • MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
  • National Institute of Food and Drug Control, Beijing, P.R. China 
  • Rutherford Appelton Laboratory, Harwell, UK 
  • Swiss Light Source SLS Villigen, Switzerland
  • CNRS, Montpellier, France 
  • National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Collaborations with international universities:

  • Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark 
  • ETH Zurich, Switzerland 
  • Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel 
  • Imperial College, London, UK 
  • Institute of Oceanography, Qingdao, P.R. China 
  • ITQB, Lisboa, Portugal 
  • King’s College London, London, UK 
  • Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan 
  • Nagoya University, Japan 
  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA 
  • Sichuan University, Chengdu, P.R. China 
  • Tianjin University, Tianjin, P.R. China 
  • University of Bristol, UK 
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA 
  • University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece 
  • University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK 
  • University of Exeter, UK
  • University of Florence, Florence, Italy 
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA 
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal 
  • University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 
  • Université de Paris-Sud, Paris, France 
  • Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France 
  • University Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel 
  • University of Tokyo, Japan
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA 
  • University of Zurich, Switzerland
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