Projects & Funding Sources

Running Projects

The ENCRYPTO Group is currently involved in the following projects.

National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity CRISP


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) & State of Hesse, since 2015

The former IT security centers EC SPRIDE and CASED funded by the German Federal Government and the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst (HMWK) respectively have been united to bundle their strengths in the “National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity CRISP”. Under the core topic “Security at Large” its research activities focus on the study of security for large systems, starting with their individual components up to their interaction within comprehensive security solutions. The ENCRYPTO group is involved in the following subprojects:

  • IP1 – Scalable Privacy-Preserving Protocols: we will develop innovative methods that guarantee the protection of privacy, can be integrated into applications, and scale even for large amounts of data; the PIs are Prof. Thomas Schneider and Prof. Kay Hamacher.
  • IP3 – Protection Mechanisms for Big Data and Complex Private Functions: we will develop protection mechanisms for big data and complex private functions based on cryptographic protocols for secure computation as well as hardware measures in the form of Trusted Execution Environments such as Intel SGX; the PIs are Prof. Thomas Schneider, Prof. Stefan Katzenbeisser, and Prof. Patrick Eugster.

Collaborative Research Center: Cryptography-Based Security Solutions (CROSSING)


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), 2014-2022

Collaborative Research Centers (Sonderforschungsbereiche) are institutions funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and are established at universities to pursue a scientifically ambitious, complex, long-term research program. The goal of the center CROSSING – Cryptography-Based Security Solutions: Enabling Trust in New and Next Generation Computing Environments is to provide cryptography-based security solutions enabling trust in new and next generation computing environments. The solutions will meet the efficiency and security requirements of the new environments and will have sound implementations. They will be easy to use for developers, administrators, and end users of IT, even if they are not cryptography experts. In CROSSING researchers from different areas such as cryptography, IT security, computing hardware, quantum physics, and software engineering will collaborate. In the first funding phase of CROSSING, our group was involved in project S5 (Privacy-Preserving Computation) and project E4 (Compiler for Privacy-Preserving Protocols). In the second funding phase, both projects were merged into project E4 (Compiler for Privacy-Preserving Protocols).


Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program Award

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Intel, since 2012

The Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program was created to promote the careers of the best and brightest early career faculty members at the top universities around the world. Awardees are selected through a competitive and rigorous application process and they receive recognition as well as a cash award to help fund their research and sponsor travel to Intel to collaborate with Intel researchers. The Early Career Faculty Honor Program is an annual award that is currently open to select universities in the U.S., Europe, China, and Taiwan.

Finished Projects

The ENCRYPTO Group was involved in the following finished projects.

Privacy-Preserving Computation In The Cloud (PRACTICE)

Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED)

European Center for Security and Privacy by Design (EC SPRIDE)