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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 ]

Germany’s Excellence Strategy: Finalising the Next Steps

The Committee of Experts for the Excellence Strategy met for the second time in Bonn on 5 and 6 April 2017 to discuss the programme’s next procedural steps and determine the requirements for proposals in the Universities of Excellence funding line. The Committee consists of 39 researchers, based primarily outside of Germany, with proven track records who represent the full range of academic disciplines. The meeting was co-chaired by the heads of the German Council of Science and Humanities and the DFG.

Excellence Strategy: 195 Draft Proposals for Clusters of Excellence

The first stage of the selection process for new Clusters of Excellence in the Excellence Strategy can now get underway. By the submission deadline on 3 April, 195 draft proposals for Clusters of Excellence had been received by the DFG, which is managing this funding line. The proposals come from 63 universities representing all 16 federal states. A total of 47 were submitted by multiple universities, including six proposals submitted by three institutions. At the end of September, once the draft proposals have been evaluated by international review panels, the Committee of Experts for the Excellence Strategy will decide which draft proposals will be invited to submit full proposals.

DFG Establishes 17 New Priority Programmes

The DFG is establishing 17 new Priority Programmes for 2018. Priority Programmes aim to advance knowledge in current areas of research interest and emerging fields. The new programmes were chosen by the DFG Senate from 66 submitted initiatives. Over the coming months, the DFG will announce a separate call for proposals for each of the programmes. A total of approximately €100 million will be available for the 17 new programmes in the first three-year funding period.

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