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Changes to the Research Training Group Programme

Draft proposals for new Research Training Groups: switch to electronic submissions (January 2017)

Since 6 January 2017, draft proposals for RTGs have been submitted via the elan portal, which is also used for proposals in DFG individual grant programmes.

Detailed instructions on submitting proposals are provided in the “Draft Proposal Preparation Instructions for Research Training Groups and International Research Training Groups” (DFG form 1.303).

Draft proposals which are already at an advanced stage of preparation can still be submitted by post by arrangement with the DFG Head Office.

The general requirements for submitting establishment and renewal proposals for Research Training Groups remain unaffected by the changes.

If you have any questions about the electronic submission of RTG draft proposals, please contact the responsible contact person at the DFG’s Head Office.

“Associate Researchers”: removal of status group in establishment and renewal proposals for Research Training Groups (May 2016)

In May 2016 the Grants Committee on Research Training Groups decided that the status group “Associate Researcher” would be removed from the Research Training Groups programme.

This status group, which was not clearly defined, frequently caused confusion during processing, review and decision-making. The involvement of researchers who are not participants in a Research Training Group will now be facilitated in a different way. These individuals can be named in the appropriate section of the proposal along with their concrete details, i.e. in the research and qualification programme.

This new rule applies to all establishment and renewal proposals on which a decision will be made in May 2017 or later.

Research Training Groups are established by universities to promote young researchers. They are funded by the DFG for a period of up to nine years. Their key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research programme and a structured training strategy. Research Training Groups with an interdisciplinary approach are warmly welcomed.

The aim is to prepare doctoral researchers for the complexities of the job market in science and academics and simultaneously to encourage early scientific independence.

Further Information

Evaluation of International Research Training Groups

The study looks at the impact of the IRTG programme variation on internationalisation processes (July 2014).

Universities of Applied Science

Researchers from Universities of Applied Science Participating in Research Training Groups

Additional Information

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