Call for Proposals Priority

Priority Programme „Polymer-based Batteries“ (SPP 2248)“

The Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme “Polymer-based Batteries” (SPP 2248). The programme is scheduled to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the first three-year funding period (2020–2023).


Amongst the different energy storage systems/batteries, polymer-based batteries represent an emerging technology. They feature interesting properties like lightweight, printability, flexibility as well as charging within few minutes (down to even seconds). Such polymer-based batteries can be fabricated utilising organic materials without the requirement for other critical raw materials. The well-defined structure of organic/polymer materials offers reliable structure-property relationships, and, thus, a well controllable and tuneable electrochemical behaviour can be achieved. The Priority Programme aims at the elucidation of structure-property-relationships, the design and synthesis of novel active materials, which will result in polymer-based batteries with preferably high capacities and longer lifetime over many cycles.

Therefore, the research within this Priority Programme will be divided into:

  • modelling for the identification of promising materials
  • understanding of the occurring (redox) processes as well as possible side reactions
  • the design and synthesis of redox-active polymers
  • the development of novel electrolytes
  • detailed characterisation in order to shed light on the processes occurring in the composite mixtures that are used as the battery electrodes (particularly by in situ and in operando characterisation techniques)

There are three main pillars of the planned research activities: modelling, synthesis of the materials (i.e. redox-active polymers, electrolytes, carbon-rich materials) and characterisation (from the level of the materials over electrodes to full cells). Preferably, consortia of two or three principle investigators should form and cover at least two of these research fields in their joint proposal. For instance, modelling and characterisation projects should be linked to a synthetic partner. At least one half-cell of a polymer-based battery should be the central core of the corresponding projects – the study of full cells is not mandatory (the half-cells can be tested utilising metal-based electrodes, e.g., Li, Na, Zn). The participation of young research groups in the consortia is greatly encouraged.

The Priority Programme is focused on “solid” polymer-based batteries, i.e. the following topics will be excluded:

  • pure optimisation studies of other (non-polymeric) electrodes (e.g., Si-anodes) in combination with “standard”/established polymer electrodes (e.g., poly(TEMPO))
  • organic redox flow batteries
  • polymer redox flow batteries
  • polymer electrolytes for any (e.g., Li, Na or other) metal-ion batteries (without any polymer-based active materials)

For organisational purposes, all researchers that plan to submit a proposal for the first funding period are kindly asked to show their interest by sending an abstract (max. 1 A4-page) with preliminary title, short description of the planned work and rough cost estimate to DFG head office ( and the coordinator ( by 1 August 2019.

Full proposals for the first three-year funding period must be submitted no later than 30 September 2019 via the DFG’s electronic submission system “elan”. For submission via elan system please go to “Proposal submission – New Project” and select “SPP 2248” from the current list of calls. If you are using elan for the first time, please note that you need to register yourself and your institutional address at the latest two weeks before the submission deadline. Please make sure that all applicants of your project (in case there is more than one) are registered in elan.

Please follow the guidelines for project submission according to forms 50.05en (part B) and 54.01en. All proposals must be written in English and must not exceed 20 pages. Joint proposals may comprise five additional pages for each additional applicant, but must not exceed 30 pages. The role and responsibilities assigned to each principal investigator and scientific co-worker should be evident from the work programme. In the case of joint proposals, the assignment of requested funds to the individual principal investigators should be evident.

Please send a copy of the summary of your final proposal by electronic mail to the coordinator Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert (

To allow potential participants of this Priority Programme to discuss possible joint proposals, research plans and collaborations, a preparation meeting takes place on 5 June 2019 at Friedrich Schiller University Jena / CEEC Jena. This preparation meeting will be a satellite event to the Organic Battery Days 2019 in Jena. For details and registration, see the link below. Participation for potential applicants within SPP 2248 in this event is not mandatory.

The review colloquium for the Priority Programme will be held early December 2019 in Jena.

Further Information
More information on the preparation meeting for the Priority Programme is available under:

The DFG’s electronic portal „elan“ can be found at:

Proposal guidelines and preparation instructions are outlined in DFG forms 50.05en (Section B) and 54.01.en, which can be found on the DFG’s website at:

For scientific enquiries, please contact the Priority Programme’s coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert, Center for Energy and Environmental Chemistry Jena (CEEC Jena), Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Humboldtstr. 10, 07743 Jena, phone +49 3641 948201,

For grant-related and procedural enquiries, please contact the DFG:
Dr. Ilka Paulus, phone +49 228 885-2021,