A particular feature of the Priority Programme is the nationwide collaboration between its participating researchers.
The DFG Senate may establish Priority Programmes when the coordinated support given to the area in question promises to produce particular scientific gain. The Senate convenes once a year to discuss initiatives to establish Priority Programmes proposed by researchers.
As a rule, Priority Programmes receive funding for a period of six years. If researchers are interested in collaborating on a Priority Programme, the DFG will invite them to submit the corresponding applications for research grants by a certain deadline.