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Decision on New Clusters of Excellence

(06.09.18) A decision will be made soon on the new Clusters of Excellence in Germany’s Excellence Strategy. On 27 September 2018, the Excellence Commission, consisting of the members of the international Committee of Experts and the research ministers of the federal and state governments, will select the Clusters to be funded from among 88 proposed projects. The results will be announced beginning at approximately 4:00 pm at a press conference, which will be live-streamed on the internet. Interner Linkmore


(20.09.18) The DFG is establishing nine new Research Units, following a decision by the Senate and the Joint Committee in Bonn. In the initial funding period, the nine new groups will receive a total of approximately €21 million, including a 22% programme allowance for indirect project costs. This brings the number of Research Units currently funded by the DFG to 203. Interner Linkmore

DFG StatementEstablishment of “cOAlition S” to Support Open Access

(04.09.18) The DFG welcomes a coordinated approach among European funding organisations (cOAlition S) towards the realisation of open access. According to its open access strategy the DFG puts great emphasis on the role of the research community in shaping the open access transformation. Interner Linkmore

World’s most prestigious mathematics awardDFG Congratulates Peter Scholze on Winning the Fields Medal

(01.08.18) The DFG congratulates Prof. Dr. Peter Scholze on winning the 2018 Fields Medal. DFG President Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider said: “We are delighted on behalf of Peter Scholze, whom we previously honoured as an outstanding researcher with the Leibniz Prize in 2016, and who belongs to a Cluster of Excellence funded through the Excellence Initiative.” Interner Linkmore

Interner LinkFurther information and a film portrait of Peter Scholze


Bernd Rendel Prize 2018Early Career Achievements in the Earth Sciences

Michael Förster and Janina Kleemann are to receive the DFG’s Bernd Rendel Prize for their multifaceted and original research at the start of their careers in the earth sciences. The award of €1,500 will be presented at GeoBonn. Interner Linkmore

Individual Grants ProgrammesDFG Modifies Its Scientific Networks Programme

At its meeting on 20 September 2018, the Joint Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) approved modifications to its Scientific Networks Programme. Interner Linkmore

Ursula M. Händel Prize 2018Two Alternatives to Animal Experiments

Toxicologist Ellen Fritsche and mathematician, physicist and medical scientist Hamid Reza Noori are to be presented with the Ursula M. Händel Prize by the DFG. The award ceremony will be held on 23.11.2018, in Berlin. Interner Linkmore

Ongoing Calls for Proposals

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FAQs on submitting proposals to funding programmes

The FAQs were compiled to assist prospective applicants in submitting proposals to the DFG. They provide information on various DFG funding programmes and serve to complement existing guidelines and instructions. Interner Linkmore