Our research is largely supported by extramural funds. We also engage in fund raising for teaching and training activities. A comprehensive list of past and present funding sources is provided below.

Present extramural funding:


Algorithms of Adaptive Behavior and their Neuronal Implementation in Health and Disease

Funding period: 08/2022 – 07/2026


Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) program jointly through the National Science Foundation (USA), the Department of Energy (USA), the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France) and the Federal Ministry of Research (Germany)

Funding period: 01/2023 – 12/2025

DFG-CRC 1451

Collaborative Research Center: Motor Control in Health and Disease

DFG-SPP 2205

Priority Program: Evolutionary Optimisation of Neuronal Processing

DFG-FOR 2705

Research Unit Dissection of a Brain Circuit: Structure, Plasticity and Behavioral Function of the Drosophila Mushroom Body

Past extramural funding:

DFG-GRK 1960

Research Training Group Neural Circuit Analysis


Institutional Strategy: Building a computational model to analyze temperature dependent information processing in the mammalian energy homeostatic system.

Funded under the Institutional Strategy of the University of Cologne within the German Excellence Initiative

Funding period: 01/2021 – 12/2022

SmartStart Training Program in Computational Neuroscience

DFG- ZUK 81/1
From structure to function: sensory processing and decision making in full-scale cortical network models

Funded under the Institutional Strategy of the University of Cologne within the German Excellence Initiative

Funding period: 11/2017 – 10/2019

Multiple time scales of signals and noise in the motor hierarchy

Funded by the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF)

Funding period: 01/2014 – 08/2017

GRK 1589
Research Training Group Sensory Computation in Neural Systems

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG – GRK 1589)

1st Funding period: 01/2010 – 06/2014
2nd Funding period: 09/2014 – 09/2017

Bernstein Focus Learning and Memory (BFNL): Insect inspired robots – the role of learning and memory in decision making

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Funding period: 10/2009 – 09/2015

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin (BCCN Berlin): Neuromodulation in motor systems (A9)

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Funding period: 07/2010 – 06/2015

Sonderforschungsbereich ‘Theoretische Biologie’ (SFB 618)
M. Nawrot PI in project B6: In a few computational steps from sensory representation to feature extraction and object recognition, collaboration with M. Hennig, HU Berlin

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Funding period: 07/2009 – 06/2013

DFG Priority Programme ‘Integrative Analysis of Olfaction’ (SPP 1392)
M. Schmuker PI in projects:
– Testing olfactory bulb chemotopy and deorphanizing olfactory receptors by combining in vivo functional imaging and virtual screening &
– Predicting odor response maps and inhibitory interactions between glomeruli for the dorsal olfactory bulb, in collaboration with H Spors, MPI for Biophysics, Frankfurt/Main

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

First funding period: 06/2009 – 05/2012
Second funding period: 11/2012 -10/2015

1st international workshop on ‘Odor Space’
coordinated by Michael Schmuker

Funded by Volkswagen Foundation

Date: 04/09 – 07/09/2013

Strategic partnership Freie Universität Berlin-Hebrew University Jersualem
Travel grant for development of strategic partnership with the Dept. of Medical Biology, Hadassah Medical School, Hebrew Univeristiy Jerusalem, in cooperation with Y. Prut (Hebrew University Jerusalem)

Funded within the Excellence Plan International Network University

Funding period: 02/2010 – 08/2012

Innovationsfonds 2009: Modeling information processing in the olfactory system

Funded by the Freie Universität Berlin (Innovation Fonds for Excellence)

Funding period: 03/2010 – 07/2010

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Freiburg (BCCN Freiburg)
M. Nawrot PI in project B2, B4, C5

Funding period: 01/2005 – 12/2009

Follow-up grant Young Investigators Group, Wissenschaftliche Nachwuchsförderung des Landes Baden-Württemberg (WIN), Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften

Neuronale Kodierung von Bewegung bei Affe und Mensch; Von Einzelzellen und Zellenensembles zum Brain-Computer-Interface
PIs: T. Ball, C. Mehring, N. Weiskopf, M. Nawrot

Funding period: 09/2002 – 06/2005
Extended funding period: 07/2005 – 06/2007