2015 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes

Ten Researchers to Receive Most Important Early Career Prize

(02.04.15) This year's recipients of the most important prize for early career researchers in Germany have been announced. The selection committee, appointed by the DFG and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, has chosen ten researchers, five women and five men, to receive the 2015 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes. The prizes of €20,000 each will be presented on 5 May in Berlin.

DFG to Establish One Clinical Research Unit and Five Research Units

New Projects to Investigate Complications in Pregnancy, Particle Physics, Nanoparticles, Implants and Transport Planning

(27.03.15) At its spring meeting in Bonn, the Senate of the DFG approved the establishment of one new Clinical Research Unit and five new Research Units. They will receive a total of approximately €13 million for an initial period of three years. As a result, the DFG will be funding a total of 174 Research Units and 18 Clinical Research Units.

Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research Starts Work

The DFG and the Leopoldina Establish a Committee to Implement Their Recommendations on Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility

(26.03.15) The Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research, set up by the DFG and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, has started work. It was established to aid research institutions in the effective and permanent implementation of the recommendations on "Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility" published in June 2014 by the DFG and the Leopoldina.

18 New Priority Programmes

Subjects Range from Turbulent Flows and Innate Lymphoid Cells to the Rise in Sea Levels and Organisational Forgetting

(25.03.15) The DFG will establish 18 new Priority Programmes. They were selected by the DFG Senate from 87 initiatives and are drawn from the full range of disciplines. Calls for proposals will be announced for each programme separately over the next few months. Work will begin in 2016. A total of €105 million is available for the first three-year funding period.

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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.

Further Information

Revised recommendations for safeguarding good scientific practice

In order to safeguard good scientific practice even more effectively, the DFG has revised individual items of its 1997 recommendations on this issue. The publication is available in print.

Call for Proposals

ANR-DFG Cooperation 2015

The French Agence Nationale de la Recherche and the DFG conitnue their joint funding initiative open to the fields of the Natural, Life and Engineering Sciences including interdisciplinary research. The ANR-DFG Cooperation 2015 will be managed as a unilateral lead agency procedure with ANR serving as the lead agency.

Research Policy

Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany is a union of the most important German research organisations. It issues statements relating to research policy and funding and the structural development of the German research system. The DFG will chair the Alliance in 2014.

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.


DFG President visits India in February 2015

A DFG Delegation headed by Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider, DFG President, visited Chennai, Puducherry and New Delhi, India, in February 2015 along with DFG Vice-Presidents, Professor Dr. med. Katja Becker and Professor Dr. Michael Famulok. The programme included visits to reputed scientific Indian institutes like IIT Madras, Pondicherry University, as well as Indian funding organizations such as Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology.

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