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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 ]

Six Universities Receive New X-Ray Microscopes

The DFG is equipping six universities in Germany with new X-ray microscopes. As part of its current major instrumentation initiative, it is providing €13.4 million to establish the technology in Bremen, Dortmund, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Halle, Hannover and Saarbrücken. Proposals from these institutions were selected from a total of 19 proposals by the DFG's Joint Committee.

DFG Establishes 17 New Priority Programmes

The DFG is to establish 17 new Priority Programmes (PP) for 2017. Priority Programmes are established for the purposes of research into the fundamental scientific issues of particularly topical or emerging areas. The new PPs were chosen by the DFG Senate from 76 submitted initiatives. Over the coming months, the DFG will announce a separate call for proposals for the programmes. A total of approximately €108 million will be available for the 17 new programmes in the first three-year funding period.

Reprimand and Ban on Submission of Proposals for Three Years

The DFG is again imposing sanctions following an instance of scientific misconduct. At its session in Bonn, the Joint Committee announced that it will issue a written reprimand to a life sciences researcher and bar her from submitting proposals for a period of three years on account of deliberate data manipulation. Both actions were implemented in accordance with the DFG Rules of Procedure for Dealing with Scientific Misconduct and at the recommendation of the Committee of Inquiry on Allegations of Scientific Misconduct.

Four New Research Units Established

The DFG is establishing four new Research Units. This was decided by the DFG Senate in Bonn. The research collaborations offer researchers the possibility of pursuing current and pressing issues in their research areas and establishing innovative work directions. The maximum funding duration of Research Units is two periods of three years. In the initial funding period, the four new groups will receive approximately €7 million in total. This brings the number of Research Units currently funded by the DFG to 197.

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