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Evaluation Studies and Statistical Reports

With the evaluation of a DFG funding programme, it is possible to (a) assess the success of a process and (b) lay an empirical basis for DFG funding policy. In doing so, evaluative studies utilise sociological methods, such as statistical analyses, surveys or bibliometric assessments.

Personnel Structures in Collaborative Research Centres (2018)

The report 'Personnel Structures in Collaborative Research Centres' provides information on the structure of researchers involved in DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centres.

It distinguishes between scientific disciplines and reports developments between 2014 and 2017. The focus of the report is on distribution according to gender, place of employment prior to joining the group and the funding of researchers.

Funding for Major Instrumentation - Developments from 2007 to 2017 (2018)

The reform of the federal system in 2006 and the ensuing end of the University Construction Act saw the rearrangement of major instrumentation programmes for universities. They were devised as a result of Articles 91b and 143c of the Basic Law, which cover the joint responsibilities of federal and state governments and financial compensation. This report provides information about the development of the major instrumentation programmes up until 2017.

Small Disciplines – Big Dynamism (2017)

“The study ‘Kleine Fächer – große Dynamik’ (Small Disciplines – Big Dynamism) investigates how often researchers in small disciplines submit proposals to DFG funding programmes. The study focuses on their participation in coordinated programmes such as Collaborative Research Centres and Research Training Groups.

Research Funding and Career Paths (2017)

The study ‘Research Funding and Career Paths – Comparative Study on DFG Programmes for Research Career Support’ examines the career paths of applicants in programmes for early career researchers to investigate whether the associated funding objectives are achieved.

Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality – Implementation and Impact (2017)

The Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality were adopted by the member organisations of the DFG in 2008 as a voluntary obligation. The study ‘DFG Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality: Implementation and Impact’ examines what measures have been taken and what impact the Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality have had, both within the member organisations and on gender equality in the German research system as a whole.

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Statistical Information on the Development of the Heisenberg Programme (2017)


This report provides statistical information on the Heisenberg Programme and was published in conjunction with the fifth Heisenberg Networking Meeting, held in Bonn in March 2017.

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