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Third-party Projects

As a member of the German Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, the institute is jointly funded by the German government and the State of Thuringia. Approximately 25% of the overall institute's funding has been successfully acquired from competitive third-party grants in the past 5 years.

Scientific research projects funded through the basic Max Planck Society budget can be found on the web pages of our departments and research groups. In addition, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry pursues collaborative research projects (listed below) that are competitively acquired from third parties, e.g. European Commission (EU), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and other national ministries.

For any questions regarding third-party grants, please contact our BGC Grants Team


Completed Projects

Current Projects

14Constraint
Radiocarbon constraints for models of C cycling in terrestrial ecosystems: from process understanding to global benchmarking
12/2016 - 11/2021 (EU-H2020, ERC advanced grant)
project webpage
Grant ID: 695101
Contact: Susan Trumbore

4C
Climate-Carbon Interactions in the Current Century
6/2019 - 5/2023 (EU/Horizon 2020)
project webpage
Grant ID: 821003
Contact: Sönke Zaehle

Balzan Award
Carbon and Water Cycling in a Changing Amazon
1/2022 - 12/2024 (Internat. Foundation Prize E. Balzan Fond, Zürich)
Contact: Susan Trumbore

CASPER
Modelling the effect of silcon and calcium avaibility on the future sustainability of Arctic permafrost carbon pools on laboratory and field experiments
12/2018 - 11/2021 (DFG)
Contact: Mathias Göckede

ClimGrasHydro
Ecohydrology of mountain grassland under global change: mechanisms and consequences
5/2019 - 4/2022 (DFG)
Contact: Sönke Zaehle

CoCO2
Prototype system for a Copernicus CO2 service
1/2021 - 12/2023 (EU, HORIZON 2020)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Jung

COS-SIF
Constraining terrestrial gross primary productivity by joint measurements of the carbonyl sulfide exchange and sun-induced fluorescence
10/2019 - 9/2022 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Tarek El-Madany

DeepCube
Big data technologies and Artificial Intelligence for Copernicus
1/2021 - 12/2023 (H2020-SPACE-2020)
project webpage
Grant ID: 101004188
Contact: Nuno Carvalhais

E-SHAPE
EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe
5/2019 - 4/2023 (Horizon 2020, Unterauftrag CMCC)
project webpage
Grant ID: 820852
Contact: Markus Reichstein, Martin Jung

ESA-CCI RECCAP-2
REgional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes, Phase 2
7/2020 - 1/2022 (ESA)
project webpage
Contact: Ana Bastos

ESM2025
Earth system models for the future
6/2021 - 5/2025 (EU, HORIZON 2020)
project webpage
Contact: Nuno Carvalhais, Sönke Zaehle

Extreme Events
Extreme Events: Building Climate Resilient Societies
1/2019 - 12/2021 (VW-Stiftung )
project webpage
Contact: Markus Reichstein

Flora Incognita++
Flora Incognita – Systematic and reliable monitoring of German flora as a citizen science challenge
8/2019 - 7/2024 (BfN, TMUEN, MPI für BGC)
project webpage
Contact: Jana Wäldchen

FOR 5000
Biotic interactions, species communities and eco-evolutionary dynamics as control variables of long-term relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functions
1/2020 - 12/2024 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Gerd Gleixner und Markus Lange

ICOS-ERIC
Inverse modeling of GHG fluxes using the CarboScope regional inversion system
4/2012 - 12/2025 (DWD)
Contact: Christoph Gerbig

INTAROS
Integrated Arctic Observation System
12/2016 - 11/2021 (EU-H2020)
project webpage
Grant ID: 727890
Contact: Mathias Goeckede

LCC
Land Surface Carbon Constellation Study
10/2020 - 3/2023 (ESA, Sub-Contract with Lund University)
project webpage
Contact: Sönke Zaehle, Tarek El-Madany

MAdLand
Experimental fossilization of lipids from early plants - Reconstruction of the beginning of terrestrialization using a comparative approach using modern bryophytes and sediments from the Cambrian to Silurian
1/2020 - 7/2023 (DFG)
Contact: Christian Hallmann

METHANE+
Combining SWIR and TIR CH4 satellite observations to assess sources and sinks on regional and global scale
1/2020 - 1/2022 (ESA, Sub-Contract mit SRON (No 4000129987/20/I-DT))
project webpage
Contact: Sönke Zaehle, Julia Marshall

Monitoring biodiversity from space
Monitoring biodiversity from space: exploring the potentials of ESA’s Copernicus and German national EO missions
1/2020 - 6/2022 (BMWi)
Contact: Javier Pacheco-Labrador

MYRIAD-EU
Multi-hazard and sYstemic framework for enhancing Risk-Informed mAnagement and Decision-making in the E.U.
9/2021 - 8/2025 (EU-HORIZON 2020)
Grant ID: 101003276
Contact: Dorothea Frank, René Orth, Markus Reichstein

NUNATARYUK
Permafrost thaw and the changing arctic coast: science for socio-economic adaptation
11/2017 - 10/2022 (EU/ Horizon 2020)
project webpage
Grant ID: 773421
Contact: Mathias Göckede

oBEF-Accross 2
The potential of Earth observation to capture patterns of biodiversity European forests and analyze their resilience
1/2020 - 6/2022 (BMWi, DLR)
project webpage
Contact: Javier Pacheco-Labrador

PrOB
Project Office BIOMASS
7/2020 - 4/2023 (DLR)
project webpage
Contact: Nuno Carvalhais, Markus Reichstein

RiGHGorous
Research for an integrated GreenHouse Gas monitoring system and for its use at DWD
1/2020 - 1/2023 (BMVI)
Contact: Christoph Gerbig

STELLAR
Stable isotope metrology to enable climate action and regulation
9/2020 - 8/2023 (HORIZON 2020 und EURAMET)
project webpage
Grant ID: 864769
Contact: Heiko Moossen

SUBSOM
The forgotten part of carbon cycling: Organic matter storage and turnover in subsoils
12/2017 - 12/2021 (DFG / Weiterleitg. Uni Bochum)
project webpage
Contact: Markus Reichstein, Marion Schrumpf

TransTiP
Geoecosystems in transition on the Tibet Plateau
1/2019 - 6/2022 (DFG, Weiterleitungsvertrag mit TU Braunschweig)
Contact: Carlos Sierra

USMILE
Understanding and Modelling the Earth System with Machine Learning
9/2020 - 8/2026 ((EU/ Horizon 2020))
project webpage
Grant ID: 855187
Contact: Markus Reichstein

VERIFY
Observation-based system for monitoring and verification of greenhouse gases
1/2018 - 12/2021 (EU/ Horizon 2020)
project webpage
Grant ID: 776810
Contact: Martin Jung, Christoph Gerbig

XAIDA
Extreme events: Artificial Intelligence for detection and attribution
9/2021 - 8/2025 (EU-H2020)
Grant ID: 101003469
Contact: Markus Reichstein, Ana Bastos

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