Central Research Facilities
A Central Research Facility is an institution of national importance at which the high-quality staff and/or equipment required to provide scientific and technical services for research are concentrated at a single location. Such a facility is an important scientific research instrument for strengthening the research-relevant infrastructure of science and, consequently, represents a key prerequisite for preserving and raising the efficiency of research. In accordance with their role, central research facilities are established long term. At present, the DFG maintains the following Central Research Facilities:
The Central Research Facility "Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (IFQ)" aims to improve the information available on the general conditions for performing DFG-funded research, the execution of such research and its results.
With premises both in Bonn and Brussels, KoWi is the liaison office of all German public research organisations for EU research policy. KoWi is based on a non-profit association which is financed by the DFG. Our mission is to facilitate access to European funding schemes for German researchers.
The research vessel Maria S. Merian provides a multi-disciplinary research platform that widens the spectrum of possible operation in winter to the ice-bound regions of the North Atlantic and Baltic.
The research vessel Meteor serves basic German open sea research worldwide, in collaboration with other countries active in this area. The investigations span interdisciplinary research topics that scientists from universities and federal and state research institutions jointly conduct.