DFG Presents the 2017 Leibniz Prizes

Prize Ceremony in Berlin / Awarding of one prize halted

(16.03.17) The DFG awarded the 2017 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes today in Berlin. Nine recipients who were selected by the DFG’s Joint Committee in December 2016 were recognised with Germany’s highest research honour. Shortly before the awards ceremony the DFG received anonymous comments concerning the research work of Prof. Dr. Britta Nestler, a materials scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, which require further examination. In agreement with Prof. Nestler, this examination is currently taking place. The awarding of the prize will be halted until the matter has been resolved.

DFG and BMBF Honour Ten Researchers

Award ceremony on 3 May in Berlin / Germany’s most important prize for early career researchers turns 40

(23.02.17) This year ten researchers – including four women and six men – will receive the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, the most important award for early career researchers in Germany. The recipients were chosen by a selection committee in Bonn appointed by the DFG and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The awards, each worth €20,000, will be presented on 3 May in Berlin at a ceremony to be followed by the 40th anniversary celebrations for the prize.

“Science Is International”

German science organisations call on United States government to rescind immigration order

(03.02.17) The DFG and other German science organisations have issued a joint statement criticizing US President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The order represents “an act of aggression against the fundament values of science” and gravely impairs the international exchange that is of such critical importance for scientific collaboration. The organisations are calling on the United States government to repeal the order immediately.

DFG New Year’s Reception 2017

Address by President Strohschneider on “The Society of Science” / Approximately 450 Guests from Science, Politics and Society

(17.01.17) “The Society of Science – and Why We Must Argue for It” was the title of the address given by DFG President Professor Peter Strohschneider at the New Year’s reception on 16 January 2017 in Berlin.


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DFG Representation Abroad (Interactive Map)

One of the DFG's core strategies, which is to promote collaboration between researchers at home and abroad, has gained increasing importance in the recent past. Establishing offices abroad is a part of this international strategy.

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Excellence Strategy

192 Letters of Intent

In Germany’s Excellence Strategy, the successor programme to the Excellence Initiative, there is now an initial indicator of the universities’ interest in the programme. By 1 December 2016, the DFG had received a total of 192 letters of intent to submit draft proposals for Clusters of Excellence, including 44 from university consortia.

Research Explorer – Research Directory

The Research Explorer is a fully searchable directory of 23,000 institutes at German universities and non-university research institutions. It is linked to the HRK’s Higher Education Compass offering additional information on doctoral programmes.


Indo-German Symposium at Khajuraho

An Indo-German Symposium on ‘Supramolecular and Bioactive Compounds: Theory, Design and Regulation’ co-funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and Indian National Science Academy (INSA) was organized from 10-13 November 2016 in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh. Nearly 13 German and 28 Indian Scientists participated in the symposium.

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