DFG Proposal Process
A Look Inside the DFG - Providing transparency in the proposal process
There are several things that applicants must consider before submitting a proposal.
From submission to decision.
Beginning in mid-October 2011 the DFG will be offering a number of its programmes in a modular structure. This “modularisation”, which includes a revised guideline portfolio for the programmes affected, enables applicants to select the combination of funding modules they need to complete their research.
Each institution of higher education that is a member of the DFG may appoint a professor to act as a DFG liaison officer. The liaison officer serves as an on-site point of contact for researchers who are considering applying to the DFG for funding.
elan is the DFG’s new electronic proposal processing system. This internet portal currently provides DFG reviewers and committee members protected access to proposals submitted to the DFG for the purpose of review.
Funding for research overhead, amounting to €703.5 million between 2007 and 2010, will be provided by the German federal government as a special payment to the DFG. The continuation of this funding beyond 2010 has been provisionally agreed to by the federal and state governments, pending submission of a report on the first funding period by 31 October 2009.
The scientific review of proposals is an integral part of the DFG's funding process. The reviewers, who are selected by the Head Office on the basis of their technical expertise, evaluate the proposals according to scientific excellence, relevance and originality.