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Committee of Inquiry on Allegations of Scientific Misconduct

The Committee of Inquiry on Allegations of Scientific Misconduct investigates allegations of scientific misconduct carried out by applicants, funding recipients, others responsible for the use of DFG funds, and reviewers, as well as members of DFG bodies involved in consultation and decision-making processes.

The committee is chaired by the Secretary General of the DFG and is made up of four members of the Joint Committee. Where necessary, the committee may co-opt up to two reviewers from the field under investigation to assist in establishing the scientific facts of the case.

The committee discusses cases in oral meetings; those involved have the right to be heard. The committee weighs the evidence to determine whether scientific misconduct has occurred. If scientific misconduct has been established, the committee's findings are forwarded to the Joint Committee with a recommendation. Otherwise the committee will close the case.