“Science Is International”

German science organisations call on United States government to rescind immigration order

(03.02.17) The DFG and other German science organisations have issued a joint statement criticizing US President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The order represents “an act of aggression against the fundament values of science” and gravely impairs the international exchange that is of such critical importance for scientific collaboration. The organisations are calling on the United States government to repeal the order immediately.

DFG New Year’s Reception 2017

Address by President Strohschneider on “The Society of Science” / Approximately 450 Guests from Science, Politics and Society

(17.01.17) “The Society of Science – and Why We Must Argue for It” was the title of the address given by DFG President Professor Peter Strohschneider at the New Year’s reception on 16 January 2017 in Berlin.


New Instrumentation for Research

DFG to fund twelve projects for the development of new technologies / New major research instrument for X-raying reinforced concrete components

(14.12.16) The DFG is funding new instrumentation for various fields of knowledge-driven research through two calls. The Joint Committee took the relevant funding decisions at its December session: the first relating to the call “New Instrumentation for Research”, designed to enable the development of new instrumentation technologies, and the second relating to a major instrumentation initiative. Through this initiative, the DFG will fund a system for the X-ray examination of reinforced concrete components at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern.

Scientific Misconduct: Decisions in Two DFG Cases

Joint Committee decides to withdraw Heisenberg professorship and issue written reprimand

(09.12.16) The DFG is again taking steps in response to scientific misconduct on the part of researchers in receipt of DFG funding. At a meeting in Bonn on 8 December 2016, the Joint Committee decided to take disciplinary action in two cases in accordance with the DFG Rules of Procedure for Dealing with Scientific Misconduct, thereby following the recommendations of the DFG’s Committee of Inquiry on Allegations of Scientific Misconduct.

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DFG Representation Abroad (Interactive Map)

One of the DFG's core strategies, which is to promote collaboration between researchers at home and abroad, has gained increasing importance in the recent past. Establishing offices abroad is a part of this international strategy.

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Excellence Strategy

192 Letters of Intent Received for Clusters of Excellence

In Germany’s Excellence Strategy, the successor programme to the Excellence Initiative, there is now an initial indicator of the universities’ interest in the programme. By 1 December 2016, the DFG had received a total of 192 letters of intent to submit draft proposals for Clusters of Excellence, including 44 from university consortia. The letters, which are not binding, will help the DFG plan the review process. Following these letters of intent, the universities can submit detailed draft proposals between now and 3 April 2017.

Research Explorer – Research Directory

The Research Explorer is a fully searchable directory of 23,000 institutes at German universities and non-university research institutions. It is linked to the HRK’s Higher Education Compass offering additional information on doctoral programmes.


Indo-German Symposium at Khajuraho

An Indo-German Symposium on ‘Supramolecular and Bioactive Compounds: Theory, Design and Regulation’ co-funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and Indian National Science Academy (INSA) was organized from 10-13 November 2016 in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh. Nearly 13 German and 28 Indian Scientists participated in the symposium.

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