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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 ]

High-Throughput Methods: DFG Funds Modern Research Infrastructures in the Life Sciences

The DFG aims to strengthen the use of so-called high-throughput methods at German universities. These methods have become key technologies in life sciences research in recent years. During the annual meeting in Halle (Saale), the Senate of the DFG approved a funding initiative which for the first time will provide targeted financial resources for sequencing projects and the associated expansion of university-based infrastructures. The funding volume amounts to a total of €42 million for an initial period of three years.

Gender Equality in Research: DFG Steps Up Its Engagement

The DFG intends to further advance gender equality in research through additional measures and a refocusing of its efforts. On 5 July 2017, the statutory bodies of the DFG adopted a multipart resolution on this issue during the annual meeting in Halle (Saale). The resolution envisages the continued implementation of measures within the scope of the Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality. In addition, gender equality is to play an even more prominent role in DFG funding activities.

DFG to Fund 15 New Collaborative Research Centres

The DFG has approved the establishment of 15 new Collaborative Research Centres. This was decided by the responsible Grants Committee in Bonn. Three of the fifteen centres are CRC/Transregios, spread across multiple applicant research sites. The new centres will be funded for an initial four-year period, starting on 1 July 2017. In addition to the 15 new Collaborative Research Centres, the Grants Committee also approved the extension of 17 existing centres for an additional funding period. As a result, the DFG will be funding a total of 267 Collaborative Research Centres from July 2017.

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.

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