(27.04.15) An international conference, which was organized by the DFG and the United Nations University (UNU) with the assistance of the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN in New York, focused on issues of global sustainability and the contribution of science to solving the pressing problems associated with sustainable global development. The meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the UN brought together about 60 scientists, UN policy makers as well as representatives from both political and civil society organizations.
How can science contribute to sustainable global development?
Joint Conference of the DFG and UNU in New York
2015 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes
Ten Researchers to Receive Most Important Early Career Prize
(02.04.15) This year's recipients of the most important prize for early career researchers in Germany have been announced. The selection committee, appointed by the DFG and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, has chosen ten researchers, five women and five men, to receive the 2015 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes. The prizes of €20,000 each will be presented on 5 May in Berlin.
DFG to Establish One Clinical Research Unit and Five Research Units
New Projects to Investigate Complications in Pregnancy, Particle Physics, Nanoparticles, Implants and Transport Planning
(27.03.15) At its spring meeting in Bonn, the Senate of the DFG approved the establishment of one new Clinical Research Unit and five new Research Units. They will receive a total of approximately €13 million for an initial period of three years. As a result, the DFG will be funding a total of 174 Research Units and 18 Clinical Research Units.
Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research Starts Work
The DFG and the Leopoldina Establish a Committee to Implement Their Recommendations on Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility
(26.03.15) The Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research, set up by the DFG and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, has started work. It was established to aid research institutions in the effective and permanent implementation of the recommendations on "Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility" published in June 2014 by the DFG and the Leopoldina.
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.
Research in Germany at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
The annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of approximately 70 scholarly associations focusing on studies like literature, history and education, sociology, communications and theatre research each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. The event is Canada’s largest gathering of scholars across disciplines attracting an average of 8,000 attendees. The Congress is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and hosted by the University of Ottawa from May 30 through June 5, 2015.
DFG President visits India in February 2015
A DFG Delegation headed by Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider, DFG President, visited Chennai, Puducherry and New Delhi, India, in February 2015 along with DFG Vice-Presidents, Professor Dr. med. Katja Becker and Professor Dr. Michael Famulok. The programme included visits to reputed scientific Indian institutes like IIT Madras, Pondicherry University, as well as Indian funding organizations such as Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology.
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.