Germany’s Excellence Strategy: DFG and WR Issue Calls for Proposals for Clusters of Excellence and Universities of Excellence

Proposal requirements, funding criteria and timetable online / Submission of draft proposals for Clusters of Excellence until 3 April 2017

(30.09.16) On 28 September 2016, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Wissenschaftsrat (WR, German Council of Science and Humanities) issued calls for proposals in the Clusters of Excellence and Universities of Excellence funding lines, marking the start of the Excellence Strategy. The DFG is responsible for implementing the Clusters of Excellence funding line and the German Council of Science and Humanities for the Universities of Excellence funding line.

DFG to Fund Five New Research Units, One Clinical Research Unit and One Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies

Topics range from a simulation process for building design to study of the autoimmune disease pemphigus / Total of approximately €15 million for first funding period

(29.09.16) The DFG will fund five new Research Units, one new Clinical Research Unit and one Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies. This was decided by the DFG Senate during its autumn session in Bonn. The DFG will now fund a total of 195 Research Units, 20 Clinical Research Units and 10 Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies.

Research Careers: Targeted Funding Creates Much Better Opportunities

Initial results from a current DFG study are presented at the16th annual GAIN conference in Washington D.C.

(14.09.16) Preliminary findings of a comprehensive DFG study show that researchers funded through early career support programmes have a higher chance of having a successful research career. The initial findings, presented yesterday by DFG Secretary General Dorothee Dzwonnek at the 16th annual conference of the German Academic International Network (GAIN), indicate – using the DFG’s Emmy Noether Programme and Heisenberg fellowship as examples – how effectively these funding instruments are at moving early career researchers further along the path towards a professorship.

Attracting young academics to Germany

Discussion about current science policy decisions in Germany / Joint press release by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the DFG

(31.08.16) The Junior Researcher Pact, the Fixed-term Employment in Higher Education and Research Act and the Excellence Strategy – these three academic policy measures aim to increase the attractiveness and viability of Germany in the coming years. But how do German junior researchers in the USA and Canada view these developments and how will they influence their future careers paths? The questions will be the focus of discussion at the 16th annual GAIN conference in Washington D.C. from 9 to 11 September 2016.

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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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Emmy Noether Meeting 2016

Researchers whose goal is a professorship are sceptical about the amended Fixed-term Employment in Higher Education and Research Act and the Early Career Researcher Pact. This became clear at the science policy evening of the 15th Emmy Noether Meeting. Some 150 funding recipients attended the meeting to take part in in-depth discussion on this and other topics.

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.


DBT-DFG co-funded Research Unit launches at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bengaluru

Launch programme of the German Research Foundation DBT - DFG co-funded Research Unit (FOR 2432) at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bengaluru (UASB) in association with the University of Kassel and University of Göttingen, Germany, was organised on 15th August 2016.

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