(14.12.16) The DFG is funding new instrumentation for various fields of knowledge-driven research through two calls. The Joint Committee took the relevant funding decisions at its December session: the first relating to the call “New Instrumentation for Research”, designed to enable the development of new instrumentation technologies, and the second relating to a major instrumentation initiative. Through this initiative, the DFG will fund a system for the X-ray examination of reinforced concrete components at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern.
New Instrumentation for Research
DFG to fund twelve projects for the development of new technologies / New major research instrument for X-raying reinforced concrete components
Scientific Misconduct: Decisions in Two DFG Cases
Joint Committee decides to withdraw Heisenberg professorship and issue written reprimand
(09.12.16) The DFG is again taking steps in response to scientific misconduct on the part of researchers in receipt of DFG funding. At a meeting in Bonn on 8 December 2016, the Joint Committee decided to take disciplinary action in two cases in accordance with the DFG Rules of Procedure for Dealing with Scientific Misconduct, thereby following the recommendations of the DFG’s Committee of Inquiry on Allegations of Scientific Misconduct.
Excellence Strategy: 192 Letters of Intent Received for Clusters of Excellence
DFG President Strohschneider: “Universities take this competition and their responsibility as applicants very seriously”
(09.12.16) In Germany’s Excellence Strategy, the successor programme to the Excellence Initiative, there is now an initial indicator of the universities’ interest in the programme. By 1 December 2016, the DFG had received a total of 192 letters of intent to submit draft proposals for Clusters of Excellence, including 44 from university consortia. The letters, which are not binding, will help the DFG plan the review process. Following these letters of intent, the universities can submit detailed draft proposals between now and 3 April 2017.
DFG to Fund Seven New Research Units
Topics range from predicting human behavioural patterns to studying the matter inside planets
(08.12.16) The DFG is establishing seven new Research Units, which will receive approximately €17 million in total during the first funding period, following a decision by the DFG Senate in Bonn. The research collaborations will enable researchers to pursue pressing current issues in their research areas and take innovative directions in their work. The maximum funding duration of Research Units is two periods of three years. Together with the new collaborations, the DFG will be funding a total of 242 Research Units, including Clinical Research Units.
DFG Announces Winners of 2017 Leibniz Prizes
The latest recipients of Germany's most prestigious research funding prize have been announced. In Bonn today, the Joint Committee of the DFG chose ten researchers to receive the 2017 Leibniz Prize. The recipients were selected by the Nominations Committee from 134 nominees. Each of the ten winners will receive €2.5 million in prize money, which they can use to fund their research work for up to seven years.
International Research Marketing Competition
The DFG today announced the winners of the second round of an ideas competition in international research marketing. Awards will go to the Humboldt University of Berlin, Goethe University Frankfurt and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam. The three institutions will each receive prize money of €100,000. In addition, a special start-up prize of €75,000, offered for the first time this year, will go to the Technical University of Kaiserslautern.
AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco
Between 12 and 16 December 2016, the DFG, the DAAD and the American Friends of the AvH, together with 14 geosciences research institutions, ran a shared exhibition booth at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco, USA. The entertaining event ‘Best Failures – The Funniest Experiences from Science’ attracted numerous visitors.
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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