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IV. Quarter 2013

Specialised Information Services: DFG boosts library services for researchers

(20.12.13) The DFG is establishing five Specialised Information Services for Researchers at academic libraries. This new funding programme will enable libraries to develop tailor-made services for individual disciplines by making available research-relevant materials and resources that extend beyond basic library resources. The first five services will be for disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and will receive €6.8 million in funding over the next three years.

DFG Establishes Four New Research Units

(06.12.13) Following a decision by its Senate, the DFG is establishing four new Research Units. Their purpose is to offer researchers the possibility to pursue current and pressing issues in their subject areas and to establish innovative work directions by working across disciplines and between locations. In the initial 3-year funding period, the four new units will receive approximately €7.1 million in total. This brings the number of Research Units funded by the DFG to 200.

Leibniz Prizes 2014: DFG Honours Eleven Outstanding Researchers

(05.12.13) The new recipients of Germany's most prestigious research prize have been announced. Today the DFG Joint Committee in Bonn honoured eleven researchers with the 2014 Leibniz Prize. The recipients of the prize were selected by the Nominations Committee from 129 nominees. Four of the 11 prizewinners are from the engineering sciences, three from the humanities and social sciences, another three from the life sciences, and one from the natural sciences. The award ceremony for the 2014 Leibniz Prizes will be held on 12 March in Berlin.

Information event in Stavropol (NCFU)

DFG on Promotional Visits to Stavropol, Yekaterinburg and Krasnoyarsk

(06.12.13) In October and November, the DFG, together with other German research and funding organisations, travelled in a delegation organised by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) Moscow. The promotional visits to Stavropol, Krasnoyarsk and Yekaterinburg were designed to further cooperation with the region's new federal universities and the research centres of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

DFG announces the second set of ICHR-DFG Lectures in India

(06.12.13) In November the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) announced the first ever ICHR-DFG Lecture Series in India.

After the successful inaugural Lectures by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kocka in November, The ICHR-DFG collaboration brings forth the next set of Lectures by two more leading German Historians, Professor Dr. Lutz Niethammer (Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena) and Professor Dr. Harriet Rudolph (Fakultät für Philosophie, Kunstgeschichts- und Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Lehrstuhl für neuere Geschichte, Universität Regensburg).

These Lectures which will be held in Delhi, Bangalore and Guwahati from 6th to 13th December 2013.

DFG Establishes Nine New Collaborative Research Centres

(26.11.13) The DFG has approved the establishment of nine new Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs). This was decided by the responsible Grants Committee in Bonn. The new CRCs will initially be funded with a total of €64.4 million for three years and nine months, supplemented by a 20 percent programme allowance for indirect project costs. Five of the nine centres are CRC/Transregios, which are located at multiple sites. Twenty-three CRCs will also be extended for an additional funding period. As of April 2014, the DFG will fund a total of 235 CRCs.

GO GLOBAL with your career in research!

(21.11.13) In October, the DFG organised an information week for early career researchers with the support of Research in Germany. At the event, held in Fukuoka, Kyoto, Tokyo and Sapporo, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the DFG, the ERC and the EU presented funding opportunities for research visits to Germany and other European countries. After the general presentations the organisers were able to discuss these opportunities in depth with some excellent and highly motivated young researchers. The information provided, available for the first time in this format, was enthusiastically welcomed and promised some exciting new research projects.

President Strohschneider at the 10th STS forum and 4th Funding Agency Presidents' Meeting in Kyoto

(21.11.13) This year, DFG President Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider, accompanied by Dr. Jörg Schneider, Head of International Affairs, once again attended the annual Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum and the 4th Funding Agency Presidents' Meeting (FAPM) in Kyoto. Together with JST president Dr. Michiharu Nakamura, he led a discussion between representatives of 32 international funding organisations on the subject "Core values and further advancement of Funding Agencies from the viewpoint of the world in 2020".

The Japanese guests during their visit to Germany

Japanese research managers visit the DFG

(19.11.13) Between 3 and 9 March 2013, three Japanese research managers paid a visit to Germany as part of the Personnel Exchange Training Programme, visiting the DFG and other research and funding organisations. The exchange programme between the DFG and the JST looks back on a long tradition of exchange visits and research collaboration.

DFG Establishes 10 New Research Training Groups

(19.11.13) The DFG is establishing 10 new Research Training Groups to further support early career researchers in Germany. This decision was made by the relevant Grants Committee in Bonn. The new RTGs will receive funding of approximately €33 million for an initial period of four and a half years. In addition to the 10 new awards, the Grants Committee approved the extension of 13 Research Training Groups for another four and a half years.

1st EURAXESS Science Slam North America 2013

(11/19/13) On September 24, five highly motivated researchers from Canada and the United States gathered in the Abramson Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center at the American University, Washington, DC, for the first ever EURAXESS Science Slam North America.

Workshop participants

DFG-JST workshop on "Developing and Training a Human Resource for Research Management"

(21.11.13) Research systems all over the world are growing more complex. In today's world, research institutions and funding organisations operate across international borders and belong to global networks. The competition for the best brains and financial resources is increasing. Do we therefore need specially trained research managers who can optimise the research framework and environment and communicate with all stakeholders, regional and global? This was just one of the questions discussed by experts from Japan and Germany at a workshop organised by the DFG and JST in Tokyo.

Dr. Oliver Rinne

Oliver Rinne Wins the 2013 von Kaven Award

(08.11.13) Mathematician Oliver Rinne has been selected by the DFG to receive the 2013 von Kaven Award for Mathematics. The 36-year-old is being honoured for his outstanding research on the general theory of relativity. The award, which is worth €10,000, is being conferred for the eighth time and will be presented on 14 November 2013 at the public Gauß lecture given under the auspices of the German Mathematical Society (DMV) in the Mathematikum Science Museum in Gießen.

DFG tours the West Coast

DFG tours the West Coast

(10/31/13) Five universities, four cities, two countries, five days – this was the schedule of a DFG delegation traveling the North American west coast for the first time.Their goal wasto introduce Canadian and American universities from Vancouver to San Francisco to the DFG as well as the many German opportunities for funding and collaboration.

Rainer Forst in Canada

The first Leibniz Lectures in Canada

(10/30/13) The first Leibniz Lectures in Canada were held mid-October 2013 at the invitation of the DFG’s office in New York. Rainer Forst - a political philosopher at the University of Frankfort and a 2012 Leibniz Prize awardee - discussed “Toleration and Democracy” in Ottawa and “Two Pictures of Justice” in Toronto.

DFG Mourns the Loss of Professor Eugen Seibold

(30.10.13) The DFG is mourning the loss of Professor Dr. Eugen Seibold. The geologist was president of the DFG from 1980 to 1985. He played an instrumental role in launching the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, and together with his wife he founded the Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize. "The DFG will honour the memory of its former president, whose foresight, wisdom and dedication have shaped it in a way that continues to this very day," said DFG President Peter Strohschneider. Eugen Seibold was born in Stuttgart on 11 May 1918 and died on 23 October 2013.

DFG Establishes Five New Research Units

(18.10.13) The DFG is establishing five new Research Units. This was decided by the DFG Senate at its October meeting. Collaboration will be interdisciplinary and span multiple locations. In the initial 3-year funding period, they will receive approximately €12 million in total.

Scientific Misconduct: DFG Takes Disciplinary Action in Two New Cases

(18.10.13) The DFG is again imposing sanctions following instances of scientific misconduct. At its meeting in Bonn on 10 October 2013, the Joint Committee took disciplinary action in two new cases in accordance with the DFG Rules of Procedure for Dealing with Scientific Misconduct and issued two written reprimands and a ban on submitting proposals for two years. The first case concerned incorrect information about the publication status of a manuscript and the second case concerned plagiarism.

DFG Celebrates 10th Anniversary of its Russia/CIS Office

(18.10.13) On 16 October 2013 the DFG will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Russia/CIS Office with a ceremony at the State Historical Museum in Moscow. Since 2003 the office has been supporting the systematic development of the traditionally strong institutional collaboration and the diverse projects between researchers in Russia and Germany. The anniversary will also be marked by an international conference and exhibition on the Bronze Age in Europe.

The three german prize winners 2013: Lennart Kleinwort, Daniel Pflüger und Michael Laue

Young German Researchers Honoured at European Level

(07.10.13) Success in Prague: Recipients of the DFG Europa-Preis are once again among the winners of the 2013 European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), an event which ran from 20 - 25 September. The youngest German prizewinner in Prague was 15-year-old Lennart Kleinwort. Eighteen year-old Daniel Pflüger was awarded one of the third prizes and a special award was also given to 18-year-old Michael Laue.


III. Quarter 2013

German-African Collaborations in Infectiology

(27.09.13) The DFG is once again issuing a call for proposals for joint research projects with researchers in Africa in the area of infectious diseases and their impact on society. Funding is available to investigate neglected infectious diseases in humans and animals and associated research in social science. They should also contribute to the development of sustainable research capacity in Africa.

The brand „Research in Germany“ is gaining momentum

At the GAIN (German Academic International Network) Annual Meeting from August 30 through September 1 in San .Francisco about 300 German early-career scientists met with about 150 representatives from German institutions, amongst them the top large German science organizations as well as a number of presidents of German universities.

DFG Recognises Early Career Geoscientists

(09.09.13) The DFG has announced the winners of the Bernd Rendel Prize 2013. Four early career researchers have been selected for their important and original contributions to basic geosciences research. Areas of research covered by the prize recipients include petrology, biogeochemistry, environmental chemistry, and satellite geodesy. The prizes will be awarded on 16 September in Tübingen.

The brand „Research in Germany“ is gaining momentum

(14.08.13) The 13. Annual Meeting of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) from August 30 through September 1, 2013 attracted roughly 300 of the best German early-career researchers and scientists working in the U.S. and Canada. They met over 150 top-ranking representatives from German research, politics, and industry.

The Copernicus Award – Opening Call for the Fifth Edition

(02.08.13) The Copernicus Award is a joint initiative of the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) and the DFG. The purpose of the award is to give a distinction to the researchers most active in Polish-German scientific cooperation who have made exceptional research achievements as a result of that cooperation. The prize money of €100,000 is donated in equal shares by the DFG and the FNP.

Indian group with the DFG President

Young Indian researchers at the 63rd Nobel Laureates meeting in Lindau

(22.07.13) The 63rd Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates from 30th June to 5th July, 2013 was dedicated to chemistry, with “Green Chemistry” being one of the focal points on the agenda of this year’s meeting.

DFG Position Paper on the Future of the German Research System

(22.07.13) The DFG has set out its position on the current political debate surrounding the future of the research system in Germany. The DFG President, Professor Peter Strohschneider, presented a position paper at the annual DFG press conference. Its main points are: better core support for universities, continued differentiation between research organisations and funding organisations, and excellence funding in the DFG budget.

Two New Vice Presidents

(03.07.13) The DFG has two new vice presidents. The General Assembly in Berlin has elected Wolfgang Ertmer, an experimental physicist from Hannover, and Michael Famulok, a biochemist from Bonn, to succeed Konrad Samwer and Elisabeth Knust. Vice presidents Peter Funke, Ferdi Schüth and Dorothea Wagner were re-elected.

DFG to Fund Three New Research Units

The DFG has approved the establishment of three new Research Units. This was decided by the DFG’s Joint Committee at its July session, which was held during the Annual Meeting. As with all DFG Research Units, collaboration between the new units will be interdisciplinary and span multiple locations. In the initial 3-year funding period, they will receive approximately €6.5 million.


II. Quarter 2013

A Visit to China Gives Significant Impetus to Partnerships in Research

(12.06.13) Representatives at the highest level of the DFG have spent a week in Beijing with the aim of maintaining the long-standing good relations between Germany and China and of initiating further collaboration. DFG President Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider and Secretary General Dorothee Dzwonnek held talks on science policy with their counterparts in Chinese partner organisations and with high-ranking science policymakers. The Chinese Ministry of Education announced a new special fund for bilateral Research Training Groups.

DFG Europa-Preis Awarded to Winners of National "Jugend forscht" Competition

(05.06.13) Three young researchers had two reasons to celebrate at this year's awards ceremony for Germany’s "Jugend forscht" competition in Leverkusen. Not only did the young researchers place first in their respective fields, they were also awarded the Europa-Preis of the DFG. Lennart Kleinwort from the Friedrich Koenig Gymnasium in Würzburg, who is just 14 years old, Michael Laue (17) from Walter Rathenau Gymnasium Bitterfeld and Daniel Pflüger (18), from the Johanneum School in Lüneberg, all received this twofold distinction.

Annual Global Meeting of the Global Research Council

(29.05.13) Hosted jointly by the DFG and the National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) of Brasil, the second Annual Global Meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) took place from 27 to 29 May 2013 in Berlin. The topics of discussion have been open access to publications as well as the responsibility of research funding agencies to ensure the integrity of the research they support. The outcomes of the meeting’s discussions were presented at a press conference.

12 New Collaborative Research Centres

(12.06.13) The DFG will establish 12 new Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs). Following a decision by the responsible Grants Committee, they will receive a total of €94 million, plus a 20% indirect programme allowance, for an initial period of three years and nine months. Three of the new networks are CRC/Transregios spread across multiple sites. Twenty CRCs have been extended for another funding period. As of October 2013, the DFG will be funding a total of 232 Collaborative Research Centres.

DFG Establishes 11 New Research Training Groups

(21.05.13) The DFG is establishing 11 new Research Training Groups to further support early career researchers in Germany. This decision was made by the relevant Grants Committee in Bonn. The new projects will receive funding of approximately €39 million for an initial period of four and a half years. Two of the new Research Training Groups are international: in addition to a German-American collaboration, the first German-Israeli Research Training Group has been approved.

DFG Announces Recipients of 2013 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize

(02.05.13) This year's recipients of the most important prize for early career researchers in Germany have been announced. The selection committee appointed by the DFG and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) have chosen nine researchers, four women and five men, to receive the 2013 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize. This year the BMBF has increased the prize money from €16,000 to €20,000 per prize. The number of recipients also increased, with only six prizes having been awarded in previous years. The awards ceremony for the 2013 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes will be held on 3 June in Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Metin Tolan

Metin Tolan Wins 2013 Communicator Award

(24.04.13) This year's Communicator Award, presented by the DFG and the Donors' Association, will go to experimental physicist Metin Tolan. The scientist from TU Dortmund University was selected in recognition of his diverse and innovative approaches to communicating physics and research findings to the public and the media. The award, which is worth €50,000, is the most important prize for science communication awarded in Germany.

German House for Research and Innovation tours India

(23.04.13) From 26 April onwards, the German House for Research an Innovation New Delhi (DWIH) will start its “Excellence on Tour 2013” across India: a unique multi-city road show which offers an interactive platform to academicians, researchers and students from both the countries. Coordinated by DFG, it will start in Hyderabad


I. Quarter 2013

DFG Establishes 13 New Priority Programmes

(19.03.13) Following a decision by its Senate, the DFG is establishing 13 new Priority Programmes. They are set to launch at the beginning of 2014 and bring together the scientific expertise of researchers from Germany and beyond working in particularly topical or emerging fields. The new largely interdisciplinary collaborations cover the entire spectrum of scientific disciplines. A total of €64 million will be available for the new programmes in the first three-year funding period.

DFG Presents "Funding Atlas 2012"

(02.04.13) The main results of the Förderatlas 2012 are now available in English. For the English version, the statistical material is selected specifically to highlight the international aspects of research and related funding, in order to address in particular individuals involved in international research management who wish to obtain specific information on the “centres of research” in Germany.

DFG Establishes Eight New Research Units

(15.03.13) The DFG will establish eight new Research Units. This was decided by the Senate during its 2013 March meeting in Bonn. The interdisciplinary research collaborations, which will span multiple locations, will offer researchers the possibility to pursue current and pressing issues in their research areas and to establish innovative work directions. In the initial three-year funding period, the eight new Research Units will receive approximately €15.8 million. The DFG now funds a total of 218 Research Units.

Holocaust Edition: Die Quellen sprechen ('The Sources Speak')

(24.01.13) A collection of historical documents from a major DFG-funded project will be made publicly available over the next several months. On 25 January 2013, German radio broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk will launch a 'documentary audio edition' entitled Die Quellen sprechen ('The Sources Speak'). The series of 16 episodes, which will be broadcast on radio and made available online, will present hundreds of texts documenting the persecution and genocide of European Jews between 1933 and 1945. The documents form part of the Holocaust Edition, a project funded by the DFG since 2004.


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