CISPA is currently in the founding process to join the German Helmholtz Association as a new member. It is consequently undergoing significant organizational changes, which are not yet reflected on this webpage.

For further information on the above mentioned founding process, please refer to the official press release by the State Chancellery of Saarland.

Recent News on the Transformation Process


The location of the first construction phase has been agreed upon. For further information, please refer to the official press release .

9 ERC Grant Awardees

CISPA faculty have received 7 ERC Grants since 2011. Among them the ERC Synergy Grant – Europe’s most distinguished research prize awarded for the first time to computer scientists (about 10 Mio. Euro for foundational research).

SFB 1223

CISPA is the coordinating institution of the Collaborative Research Center “Methods and Tools for Understanding and Controlling Privacy” . The DFG-funded center started operation in January 2016 with 19 principal investigators, 27 PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, and a budget of 10 million Euro for the first period of four years.

> 640 Papers

CISPA researchers have published a total of 641 papers on security-related topics in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, out of which more than 50% were accepted at the top-tier conferences and journals.

> 75.0 Mio. Euro

CISPA researchers have acquired more than 75.0 Mio. Euro of external funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the European Research Council (ERC) and the European Commission.


5 Spin-Offs

CISPA research has led to five successful spin-offs that have turned the research prototypes into commercially successful products. These spin-offs already received an IKT Innovation Award and two EXIST Start-up Grants.

Cybersecurity Bachelor

CISPA has established a unique Bachelor program in cybersecurity at Saarland University . The program started in the winter term 2014/2015. Currently more than 230 students in this program study to become Tomorrow’s highly sought-after security experts.

Early-career Awards

CISPA is an elite training ground for young researchers in early stages of their career. Our young researchers received an impressive set of early-career awards, including the Emmy-Noether Fellowship, the ERC Starting Grant, the Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Award, and the Otto Hahn medal of the Max Planck Society.


S•I•C , the Saarland Informatics Campus is CISPA ‘s home, in which twelve highly renowned institutions join forces to conduct world leading research in computer science.