DFG Annual Press Conference in Berlin

Urgent Appeal to Policymakers

(03.07.14) The DFG has called on decision-makers at federal and state level to take prompt concerted action to implement their recent agreements on research policy. "The framework has finally been defined and now it has to be filled in. This applies to both the amendment of the Basic Law to allow greater federal involvement in higher education and the use of the additional ten-figure sum released by the federal government for the federal states," said President Professor Peter Strohschneider at the annual press conference in Berlin. The research community urgently needs clarity and reliable planning perspectives, particularly with respect to the continuation of the Excellence Initiative and the programme allowance, he added.

Amendment of the DFG Statutes

General Assembly Passes Revised Regulations / More Systematic, Transparent, in Step With Current Practice

(03.07.14) The DFG has presented its amended statutes at its annual press conference. The amendment was passed the day before at the DFG's General Assembly. The main aim of the amendment is to adapt the statutes to reflect the tasks of the DFG and its organs and also funding activities, which have developed and changed in myriad ways since the organisation was re-established in 1951. "The new statutes are more in step with the current reality and current practice. They are also more systematic, more transparent and more modern in their formulation," said Secretary General Dorothee Dzwonnek.

Three New Members for the DFG Executive Committee

Three New Vice-Presidents Elected

(02.07.2014) On Wednesday 2 July 2014, biochemist and molecular biologist Professor Dr. Katja Becker (based in Giessen), mathematician Professor Dr. Marlis Hochbruck (Karlsruhe) and jurist Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schön (Munich) were elected to the Executive Committee of the DFG by the General Assembly in Frankfurt am Main. Becker replaces chemist Professor Dr. Ferdi Schüth (based in Mülheim), while Hochbruck takes over from information scientist Professor Dr. Dorothea Wagner (Karlsruhe) and Schön replaces jurist Professor Dr. Christine Windbichler (Berlin).

Reprimand and Ban on Submitting Proposals for Four Years

DFG Decides on Action Against Medical Scientist for Deliberate Data Manipulation

(02.07.14) The DFG is again imposing sanctions following an instance of scientific misconduct. At its session at the DFG's Annual Meeting 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, the Joint Committee decided to issue a written reprimand to medical scientist Dr. Dennis Rottländer and ban him from submitting proposals for a period of four years. Both actions were implemented in accordance with the DFG Rules of Procedure for Dealing with Scientific Misconduct and at the recommendation of the Committee of Inquiry on Allegations of Scientific Misconduct.

Main Content

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.

Science Europe

Miguel Seabra elected as next president

On 20 May 2014 the General Assembly of Science Europe has unanimously elected Professor Miguel Seabra, President of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), as the next President of Science Europe. Professor Seabra will take over from Professor Paul Boyle.

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 19,000 institutes at German universities and non-university research institutions. It is now linked to the HRK’s Higher Education Compass offering additional information on doctoral programmes.

DFG Office India

20 Indian students head for 64th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting 2014

Selected by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, 20 young researchers from India will participate in the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting 2014 dedicated to the fields of Medicine and Physiology. The DST organized a briefing session for these participants on 27th June 2014 at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi to inform them about the 2 week-long Tour to Germany.

Additional Information

Research Opportunities


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