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Review Boards

The DFG review boards evaluate proposals to fund research projects. They also monitor the review process to ensure that uniform standards are being observed. Their advice is also taken on issues concerning the further development and refinement of the DFG funding programmes.

Members of the review boards are elected by researchers for four years in accordance with election regulations to be adopted by the Senate. They are assigned to a subject area according to the focus of their own research work. A group of subject areas that are scientifically linked form one review board. The structure of subject areas and review boards is re-examined by the DFG Senate every four years as part of the preparations for the review board elections and modified if necessary. A minimum of two representatives are selected for each subject area. The number of representatives per subject area also depends on how many funding proposals are received in this area and require review and assessment. The review boards draw up their own rules of procedure that must be approved by the Senate. They also elect a spokesperson and a deputy spokesperson.

Review Board Election 2015

Information on the next election of the review boards for the 2016 - 2019 term

Membership Period 2012 - 2015

Members, structure, mandates, background information

Archive: Previous Membership Periods of Review Boards

Members and structure of review boards in previous membership periods, previous results of review board elections, history of the DFG review process

Additional Information

DFG Review Boards


The main responsibility of review board members is to scientifically evaluate funding proposals in their respective subject areas and thus ensure that all proposals within a given subject area are assessed using a common standard. The review board members write a final recommendation which is submitted to the relevant decision-making body of the DFG together with the proposals. – Photo: Meeting of the review board "Non-European Languages and Cultures..."on 18 February 2013 in Bonn.
© DFG/ Fotograf Eric Lichtenscheidt

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