DFG Welcomes Imboden Report on the Excellence Initiative

Statement by President Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider

(29.01.16) Commenting on the report of the "Imboden Commission" presented on 29 January 2016 in Berlin, DFG President Peter Strohschneider said: "The report is a clear call for the targeted funding of top-level research at universities. We share the positive summary of the two phases of the Excellence Initiative so far and we are especially pleased at the assessment of the clusters of excellence. We also believe that the Commission's recommendations set the course for the design of a new federal-state initiative."

Kicking Off a New Year for Science Policy: DFG Underlines Expectations of New Excellence Initiative

"Further boost for competitively funded, top-level university research open to all fields in a science-based process" / Press conference and New Year reception in Berlin

(11.01.16) At the start of 2016, the DFG has underlined the expectations of the research community with regard to the planned new federal-state initiative for the further development of the Excellence Initiative. At a press conference in Berlin on Monday morning, DFG President Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider and Secretary General Dorothee Dzwonnek shared their views on the possible objectives and format of a new round of the programme first launched in 2006. On Monday evening, the largest research funding organisation and central self-governing organisation of the research community in Germany welcomed more than 300 guests to its traditional New Year reception.

DFG Supports 21 New Specialised Information Services

A total of €21.2 million for expansion of literature and information provision at research libraries

(21.12.15) The DFG will fund another 21 specialised information services at research libraries. The DFG's Joint Committee has approved a total of €21.2 million in funding for the expansion of specialised literature and information services. The aim is to enhance the service function of libraries with respect to the German research community. The funding decision also signals the completion of the restructuring of the former DFG-funded special subject collections.

DFG Approves Funding for Ten New Clinical Trials in 2015

Topics range from esophageal cancer to kidney failure / Four projects in June, six more in December

(14.12.15) The DFG has approved funding for six new clinical trials. This was decided by the Senate during its December meeting. Four of the clinical trials were approved by the Senate in June. The topics of the ten projects cover the fields of surgery, nephrology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, dentistry, hospital hygiene and psychotherapy. Over 3,000 patients will participate in the trials. The clinical trials will receive a total of €13.1 million in funding for an initial period of three years.

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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

14 New Research Units, One New Clinical Research Unit

The DFG has approved the establishment of 14 new Research Units and one new Clinical Research Unit. This was decided by the DFG Senate in Bonn. The research collaborations will offer researchers the possibility of pursuing current and pressing issues in their research areas and establishing innovative work directions.

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 University of Mysore

The German Research Foundation (DFG) India Office as part of German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi participated in the information session on Study & Research in Germany on 19th November 2015 at University of Mysore.

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