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Research Funding - Facts and Figures

This online publication provides a brief look at the findings of statistical analyses on individual funding programmes or selected aspects of DFG funding.

How do the Emmy Noether Programme and the Heisenberg Fellowship affect future careers? This infobrief examines the CVs of over 500 applicants to these programmes from the years 2007 and 2008. The study looks at the chosen career paths and research career stages achieved as of 2015 in relation to the former funding decisions.

Building on previously funded DFG-projects, the DFG offers additional funding for projects fostering the cooperation between science and society. The Infobrief 1/2016 “Bridges between research and application – a statistical overview of knowledge transfer projects” analyses the demand for this kind of funding with regard to the scientific discipline and structure of the projects.

What internationalisation effects are produced by International Research Training Groups? An evaluation study on International Research Training Groups has examined this question using different methods and data approaches. This Infobrief summarises the findings of this study, focusing especially on doctoral researchers, senior researchers and university managers.

In recent years, the demand for third-party grants from the DFG has increased significantly. This development is also related to changes in the population of applicants. Using the Individual Grants Programme as an example, this DFG Infobrief examines which applicant groups were progressively responsible for the increase in proposal submissions from 2009 to 2013, and how their submission patterns have changed.

The international mobility of researchers shows in which countries (early career) researchers see potential for their research careers and the extent to which DFG-funded projects offer attractive research environments for researchers from abroad. In this DFG Infobrief, this is examined using the example of two funding programmes, Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) and Research Training Groups (RTGs).

To date, transfer projects in Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) have addressed a relatively small number of participants - who are however extremely satisfied with the funding on offer and the results produced. These are the conclusions of the evaluation study "Transfer Projects in Collaborative Research Centres" carried out by Joanneum Research (authors: Martin Berger, Susanne Meyer, Michael Dinges and Helmut Gassler). The findings of this study are summarised in this Infobrief.

Early career support is one of the core tasks of the DFG. About 20,000 doctoral researchers work in DFG-funded projects and networks on current investigations. A survey conducted annually in the Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) and Research Training Groups (RTG) programmes provides a comprehensive information base on the personnel composition of the networks and on the structural impact delivered by the programmes. This Infobrief provides an overview of the findings as they relate to early career support.

What should third-party funding of research look like? This and many other questions are answered by the study “Researcher Survey 2010: Research Conditions for Professors at German Universities”, which was conducted by the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ) on behalf of the DFG. This Infobrief takes a look at some of its key findings.

Through the system of Special Subject Collections (Sondersammelgebiete, SSG), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports a cooperative system for providing science and academia with specialised literature. The DFG has therefore commissioned an evaluation project to assess the performance of the SSG system in terms of the scientific community’s needs and to identify opportunities for development. The findings are summarised in this Infobrief.

Doctorate completed, highly qualified and eager to do research — but not yet permanently employed at a research institution: the typical applicant profile for Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators. This Infobrief provides some statistics on Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators, highlighting the statistical profile of the researchers who take advantage of this grant programme.

Less than five years after their introduction, the DFG has already awarded more than 100 Heisenberg professorships. On this occasion, Infobrief 2/2010 provides some key information on the statistical profile of the researchers who are funded with a Heisenberg professorship.

The study “Female Scientists in the DFG 2005 to 2008” focuses on the overall numbers and success rates of female researchers applying for funding to the DFG. Infobrief 1/2010 summarises the most important findings of this DFG-commissioned study by Thomas Hinz and Katrin Auspurg (University of Konstanz). This Infobrief is also available in English.

Since the option was introduced in 1999 to apply for Collaborative Research Centres involving two or three universities at multiple locations, more and more universities have taken advantage of it. Ten years later, a look back: Did the expansion of the Collaborative Research Centre programme live up to its promise?

Since the Emmy Noether Programme was launched in 1999, more than 500 young researchers have benefited from the opportunity to head their own independent junior research group. The Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ) has now conducted the first comprehensive evaluation of the programme's success:

In 2003 the DFG completely reformed its review system. In a survey by the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ), review board members of the first term (2004 – 2007) have now given their opinions on key aspects of the reform:

How often do female researchers submit funding proposals to the DFG, and what are their chances of success? Do men and women have dissimilar ways of planning their career paths? Do they assess their career chances differently? These and other questions are the subject of a study commissioned by the DFG and carried out by the University of Konstanz.

This analysis focuses on proposals submitted by junior professors to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG). It also looks at the question of whether, and to what extent, the success rate of the proposals differs relative to other applicants and between subjects.

In a large-scale study, a team of researchers led by Jürgen Enders, University of Twente (the Netherlands), surveyed over 1,400 former DFG fellows about their experiences during their fellowships and their subsequent career development.

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