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History of the DFG

The history of the DFG extends back over more than 80 years. Its predecessor was the Notgemeinschaft der Deutschen Wissenschaft. From the very beginning, its work has focused decisively on funding and supporting excellent research. Today, the DFG stands for a proven system of self-governed research funding in Germany that enjoys a high degree of national and international recognition.

The history of the DFG also shows to what extent science and research policy have to be seen in the context of historical, social and political circumstances.

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