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The DFG Process in Detail

Based on its own Rules of Procedure, the DFG carries out a two-step procedure to ascertain scientific misconduct.

The two-step process comprises an informal preliminary investigation by the DFG Head Office and a formal process involving the Committee of Inquiry on Allegations of Scientific Misconduct.

This Committee presents the results of its investigation and its recommendation to the Joint Committee. Depending on the type and severity of the misconduct ascertained, the Joint Committee can decide to prevent the perpetrator from submitting proposals to the DFG for several years, to rescind a funding decision, or to exclude the perpetrator from participation in DFG statutory bodies.

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