DFG Awards Prize for Alternative to Animal Experiments

Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize goes to researchers at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut / Award ceremony on 28 September 2016

(27.07.2016) This year’s Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize, which is endowed with €100,000, will go to Dr. Birgit Kegel and Dr. Beate Krämer together with four other members of the working group they head at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut in Langen. The researchers have developed a form of testing that can be used in place of experiments that have been necessary up to now but stressful to animals. The prize recognises this outstanding contribution to implementing the principle of the 3Rs (reduction, refinement and replacement).

DFG funded Junior Researchers Sceptical of Recent Political Decisions

150 participants attend 2016 Emmy Noether Meeting in Potsdam / Evening of science policy debate with political involvement

(27.07.16) Researchers whose goal is a professorship are sceptical about the amended Fixed-term Employment in Higher Education and Research Act and the Early Career Researcher Pact. This became clear at the science policy evening of the 15th Emmy Noether Meeting. Some 150 funding recipients attended the meeting to take part in in-depth discussion on this and other topics.

DFG Approves Participation in “Excellence Strategy”

Unanimous vote in General Assembly at end of annual meeting in Mainz / 2015 annual report presented

(06.07.16) The current situation regarding research policy in Germany and in particular the new federal-state initiative for the funding of top-level research at universities (the “Excellence Strategy”) was the main theme at the DFG’s annual meeting, which concluded on Wednesday at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. At the end of the three-day meeting, representatives of the DFG’s member organisations in the General Assembly voted unanimously in favour of participation in the Excellence Strategy.

Two New Vice-Presidents – One Male, One Female – for the DFG

Fischer replaces Famulok; Griem takes over from Funke / Ertmer re-elected for a further four years

(11.07.16) At its session during the annual meeting in Mainz, the General Assembly of the DFG elected Munich-based chemist Professor Dr. Roland A. Fischer and Frankfurt-based literary scholar Professor Dr. Julika Griem to the Executive Committee. Fischer will take over from Bonn-based biochemist Professor Dr. Michael Famulok; Griem will succeed Münster-based ancient historian Professor Dr. Peter Funke. Vice-President and experimental physicist Professor Dr. Wolfgang Ertmer has been re-elected for a further four years alongside the two new members.

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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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Research Funding

New Research Units

The DFG is to set up seven new Research Units and one new Clinical Research Unit. This was decided by the Senate in its summer session during the DFG Annual Meeting in Mainz. In addition, another Research Unit is now in a position to start work. This Unit is funded jointly by the DFG and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). In the initial funding period, the nine new groups will receive approximately €23 million in total.

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 India Office at Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida

On 18 March 2016, the German Research Foundation (DFG) India Office participated in an “Interactive-Session on Higher Education and Research in Germany” at the Shiv Nadar University (SNU), Greater Noida near Delhi. The interactive session that was jointly organized by the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi and the SNU.

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