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With Freedom Comes Responsibility

It is incumbent on every individual in the research system – as it is on the system as a whole – to subject their own capabilities and limitations to critical reflection, particularly at times of increasingly rapid change in research and in the circumstances surrounding it. A statement on the occasion of the award of this year’s Leibniz Prizes. by Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider [ more ]

Germany’s Excellence Strategy: DFG and WR Issue Calls for Proposals for Clusters of Excellence and Universities of Excellence

On 28 September 2016, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Wissenschaftsrat (WR, German Council of Science and Humanities) issued calls for proposals in the Clusters of Excellence and Universities of Excellence funding lines, marking the start of the Excellence Strategy. The DFG is responsible for implementing the Clusters of Excellence funding line and the German Council of Science and Humanities for the Universities of Excellence funding line.

DFG Research Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) to Receive Funding for Another Four Years

The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), set up as a DFG Research Centre in 2012, is to receive funding for another four years. This was decided by the Joint Committee of the DFG at its summer session during the annual meeting in Mainz. From October 2016, the three applicant institutions – the University of Leipzig, Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg – will receive around €36.5 million plus a 22% programme allowance for indirect project costs.

Eight New Research Units, One New Clinical Research Unit

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.

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