(08.10.14) The DFG congratulates Professor Stefan W. Hell, of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, on winning the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He and his US colleagues Eric Betzig and William E. Moerner have been awarded the prize "for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy". Professor Hell is the seventh winner of the DFG's Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize to receive a Nobel Prize.
DFG Congratulates Stefan W. Hell on Nobel Prize in Chemistry
DFG Establishes Nine New Research Units
Topics Range from Hedonic Media Products and Gravity Waves to Needs-Based Distribution and Synaptic Plasticity / Around €16 Million in Funding for the First Three Years
(02.10.14) The DFG is establishing nine new Research Units. This was decided by the DFG Senate during its autumn meeting in Bonn. The research collaborations will offer researchers the opportunity to pursue current and pressing issues in their research areas and to establish innovative work directions. In the initial 3-year funding period, they will receive approximately €16 million in total. This brings the number of Research Units funded by the DFG to 189.
DFG to Present Geosciences Prizes at GeoFrankfurt 2014
Albert Maucher Prize to be Awarded to Kathryn E. Fitzsimmons / Bernd Rendel Prize to Haytham El Atfy and Mandy Freund
(15.09.14) On 23 September 2014 the DFG will present two geosciences prizes, the Albert Maucher Prize and the Bernd Rendel Prize, at GeoFrankfurt 2014 in Frankfurt am Main. Dr. Kathryn E. Fitzsimmons will receive the Albert Maucher Prize for her work on luminescence dating, while the Bernd Rendel Prize will be presented to meteorologist Mandy Freund and paleoclimatologist Haytham El Atfy.
Examples of Best Practice in Promoting Gender Equality
Relaunch of the ‘Instrumentenkasten’ Portal / DFG Commitment to Equal Opportunities in Research and Academia
(22.08.14) With its relaunch of the German-language website "Instrumentenkasten" (toolbox), the DFG once again underlines its commitment to equal opportunities and gender equality in research and academia. The portal at www.instrumentenkasten.dfg.de (available only in German) offers a wide-ranging collection of quality-assured examples intended to promote equal opportunities in research and academia.
International Partners and Agreements
In order to carry out its activities in the interest of research, the DFG maintains partnerships and relations with a large number of partner organisations on all continents. In many countries around the world, formal agreements continue to be a necessary prerequisite for cooperation in the field of science and research.
ANR-DFG Cooperation 2015
The French Agence Nationale de la Recherche and the DFG conitnue their joint funding initiative open to the fields of the Natural, Life and Engineering Sciences including interdisciplinary research. The ANR-DFG Cooperation 2015 will be managed as a unilateral lead agency procedure with ANR serving as the lead agency.
Funding Initiative in the Humanities and Social Sciences “Beethoven”
In order to strengthen international cooperation in the field of the humanities and social sciences, NCN and DFG are launching their first joint call for proposals in order to fund the best joint research projects in the humanities and social sciences.
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.
DFG Secretary General Dzwonnek visits New York, Washington DC and Boston
The focus of DFG Secretary General Dorothee Dzwonnek’s week-long trip in September 2014 to the United States was the 14th annual GAIN conference in Boston to discuss the current state of early-career scientists in a German-American comparison. Prior to her stay in Boston, Mrs. Dzwonnek spent time in New York and made her first visit to Washington, DC.
DFG India Office participates at the Humboldt Kolleg in Bengaluru
On Thursday, 4th September 2014, the DFG India team comprising of Dr. Alexander P. Hansen, Director of DFG India, Mr. K. Hariharan, Office Manager DFG Delhi office and Ms. Sangeetha Parthasarathi, Senior Programme Officer DFG Hyderabad office, participated in the Humboldt Kolleg titled, ‘Interdisciplinary Science: Catalyst for Sustainable Progress’ in Bangaluru.
Who We Are
The DFG is the largest independent research funding organisation in Germany. It promotes the advancement of science and the humanities by funding research projects, research centres and networks, and facilitating cooperation among researchers.