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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 ]

DFG Approves Participation in “Excellence Strategy”

The current situation regarding research policy in Germany and in particular the new federal-state initiative for the funding of top-level research at universities (the “Excellence Strategy”) was the main theme at the DFG’s annual meeting, which concluded on Wednesday at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. At the end of the three-day meeting, representatives of the DFG’s member organisations in the General Assembly voted unanimously in favour of participation in the Excellence Strategy.

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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