FAQs for reviewers
Suitable reviewers are selected by the DFG Head Office and asked to provide reviews of proposals. They are also asked to consider their own competence in the particular field and whether there are any conflicts of interest. Naturally, the proposals must be treated as confidential. Reviewers are entrusted personally with the review process which cannot be passed to anyone else.
The reviewers judge proposals according to the
quality of the project
opportunities for employment in a scientific environment
objectives and work programme and proposed research methods
Guidelines 10.20, "Guidelines for the Written Review" contains more details of the criteria.
The principles of good scientific practice also apply to the review process. For example, a breach of confidentiality on the part of a reviewer represents scientific misconduct.
As a rule, three independent reviews are obtained for each proposal. For the 'coordinated' process, the proposals are reviewed by panels.