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True Impact

Throughout the world, the ideologeme of effectiveness in science policy and research funding is touching the very foundations of modern societies in a way similar to populism. But research can only have true impact when anticipated short-term benefits are not allowed to become the general criterion for funding decisions. by Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider [ more ]

New Instrumentation for Research

The DFG is funding new instrumentation for various fields of knowledge-driven research through two calls. The Joint Committee took the relevant funding decisions at its December session: the first relating to the call “New Instrumentation for Research”, designed to enable the development of new instrumentation technologies, and the second relating to a major instrumentation initiative. Through this initiative, the DFG will fund a system for the X-ray examination of reinforced concrete components at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern.

Scientific Misconduct: Decisions in Two DFG Cases

The DFG is again taking steps in response to scientific misconduct on the part of researchers in receipt of DFG funding. At a meeting in Bonn on 8 December 2016, the Joint Committee decided to take disciplinary action in two cases in accordance with the DFG Rules of Procedure for Dealing with Scientific Misconduct, thereby following the recommendations of the DFG’s Committee of Inquiry on Allegations of Scientific Misconduct.

Excellence Strategy: 192 Letters of Intent Received for Clusters of Excellence

In Germany’s Excellence Strategy, the successor programme to the Excellence Initiative, there is now an initial indicator of the universities’ interest in the programme. By 1 December 2016, the DFG had received a total of 192 letters of intent to submit draft proposals for Clusters of Excellence, including 44 from university consortia. The letters, which are not binding, will help the DFG plan the review process. Following these letters of intent, the universities can submit detailed draft proposals between now and 3 April 2017.

DFG to Fund Seven New Research Units

The DFG is establishing seven new Research Units, which will receive approximately €17 million in total during the first funding period, following a decision by the DFG Senate in Bonn. The research collaborations will enable researchers to pursue pressing current issues in their research areas and take innovative directions in their work. The maximum funding duration of Research Units is two periods of three years. Together with the new collaborations, the DFG will be funding a total of 242 Research Units, including Clinical Research Units.

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