Onur Güntürkün Wins 2014 Communicator Award

Exemplary Communication of Research on the Biological Foundations of Animal and Human Behaviour 


(09.04.14) Biopsychologist Onur Güntürkün is the winner of this year's Communicator Award, conferred by the DFG and the Donors' Association. Professor Güntürkün, from the University of Bochum, will receive the €50,000 award for his exemplary approaches to communicating his research on the biological foundations for animal and human behaviour to the general public and the media. The award will be presented on 1 July at the DFG's Annual Meeting in Frankfurt am Main.

16 New Priority Programmes

Topics Range from Communication between Cars to Multitasking and Evolutionary Adaptation


(31.03.14) Following a decision by its Senate, the DFG is establishing 16 new Priority Programmes. Over the next few years, researchers in these programmes will investigate fundamental scientific questions in particularly topical or emerging areas of research. The programmes will begin in 2015. A total of €89 million will be available for the first three-year funding period.

DFG to Establish Five New Research Units

Topics Range from Composite Structures to Personnel Decisions to Metastatic Cancer Progression


(03.04.14) By decision of the Senate, the DFG will establish five new Research Units. Their purpose is to offer researchers the opportunity to devote themselves to topical questions in their disciplines and to establish innovative research directions. Collaborating across locations and disciplines, they will receive a total of nearly eleven million euros in the first three years of funding. The DFG now supports 198 Research Units.

DFG Modifies Rules for Publication Lists

Grant Proposals and Final Reports May Cite up to Ten Publications in Project Lists and Academic CVs


(28.03.14) Much praise in principle, but also criticism for the specific design: The rules for publication lists implemented by the DFG in 2010 drew considerable response. After intense discussions in the research community and the DFG’s committees, the Senate has now further developed the rules pragmatically. Proposals and reports may now cite up to ten publications in project lists and academic CVs. “There are still clear limits,” said President Peter Strohschneider. “The principle of ‘quality over quantity’ remains unchanged.”

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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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Revised recommendations for safeguarding good scientific practice

In order to safeguard good scientific practice even more effectively, the DFG has revised individual items of its 1997 recommendations on this issue. The publication is available in print.


Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany is a union of the most important German research organisations. It issues statements relating to research policy and funding and the structural development of the German research system. The DFG will chair the Alliance in 2014.

Research Explorer – Research Directory

The Research Explorer is a fully searchable directory of 19,000 institutes at German universities and non-university research institutions. It is now linked to the HRK’s Higher Education Compass offering additional information on doctoral programmes.


DFG Office India

DST- DFG Joint Advisory Committee Meeting 2014

The 3rd DST-DFG Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) Meeting was held on Friday, 4th April 2014 in New Delhi co-chaired by Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wagner, Vice-President, Deutsche Forshungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and Dr. Arabindra Mitra, Advisor & Head, International Bilateral Cooperation Division, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India. The JAC meeting 2014 was hosted by the DFG India office in its premises at the German House, New Delhi.

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