Germany’s Excellence Strategy: Finalising the Next Steps

Committee of Experts determines further guidelines for Universities of Excellence

(12.04.17) The Committee of Experts for the Excellence Strategy met for the second time in Bonn on 5 and 6 April 2017 to discuss the programme’s next procedural steps and determine the requirements for proposals in the Universities of Excellence funding line. The Committee consists of 39 researchers, based primarily outside of Germany, with proven track records who represent the full range of academic disciplines. The meeting was co-chaired by the heads of the German Council of Science and Humanities and the DFG.

Excellence Strategy: 195 Draft Proposals for Clusters of Excellence

First stage of the selection process gets underway / Committee of Experts to issue invitations for full proposals by the end of September

(05.04.17) The first stage of the selection process for new Clusters of Excellence in the Excellence Strategy can now get underway. By the submission deadline on 3 April, 195 draft proposals for Clusters of Excellence had been received by the DFG, which is managing this funding line. The proposals come from 63 universities representing all 16 federal states. A total of 47 were submitted by multiple universities, including six proposals submitted by three institutions. At the end of September, once the draft proposals have been evaluated by international review panels, the Committee of Experts for the Excellence Strategy will decide which draft proposals will be invited to submit full proposals.

DFG Establishes 17 New Priority Programmes

Topics range from cultures of translation in the early modern period to functions of the CRISPR-Cas system

(03.04.17) The DFG is establishing 17 new Priority Programmes for 2018. Priority Programmes aim to advance knowledge in current areas of research interest and emerging fields. The new programmes were chosen by the DFG Senate from 66 submitted initiatives. Over the coming months, the DFG will announce a separate call for proposals for each of the programmes. A total of approximately €100 million will be available for the 17 new programmes in the first three-year funding period.

DFG to Fund Four New Research Units and Two Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies

Topics range from plant morphodynamics to Russian lyric poetry in transition / Total of around €17 million for first funding period

(31.03.17) The DFG is establishing four new Research Units and two new Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies. This was decided by the DFG Senate in Bonn. In addition, another Research Unit, funded jointly by the DFG and the Swiss National Science Foundation, will begin its work. The collaborations will enable researchers to pursue pressing issues in their research areas. Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies are specifically tailored to the working methods used in the humanities.

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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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Scientific Prizes

Communicator Award 2017

Geologist and climate researcher Dr. Stefan Kröpelin is the winner of this year's Communicator Award, conferred by the DFG and the Stifterverband. The researcher will be presented with the €50,000 prize for his long-standing commitment to sharing his research on the Sahara. The Communicator Award jury highlighted the international appeal and impact of Kröpelin's work and dedication in particular. He has long been a strong advocate for the regions where he has conducted research, garnering much success in the area of nature conservation.

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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