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IV. Quarter 2015

DFG Supports 21 New Specialised Information Services

(21.12.15) The DFG will fund another 21 specialised information services at research libraries. The DFG's Joint Committee has approved a total of €21.2 million in funding for the expansion of specialised literature and information services. The aim is to enhance the service function of libraries with respect to the German research community. The funding decision also signals the completion of the restructuring of the former DFG-funded special subject collections.

DFG Holiday Closing Times

(18.12.15) The DFG offices in Germany and abroad will be closed for the holidays beginning Thursday, 24 December and reopen on Monday, 4 January. We would like to thank you for your continued interest in our work.

We wish you season’s greetings and a happy New Year!

DFG Approves Funding for Ten New Clinical Trials in 2015

(14.12.15) The DFG has approved funding for six new clinical trials. This was decided by the Senate during its December meeting. Four of the clinical trials were approved by the Senate in June. The topics of the ten projects cover the fields of surgery, nephrology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, dentistry, hospital hygiene and psychotherapy. Over 3,000 patients will participate in the trials. The clinical trials will receive a total of €13.1 million in funding for an initial period of three years.

14 New Research Units, One New Clinical Research Unit

(11.12.15) The DFG has approved the establishment of 14 new Research Units and one new Clinical Research Unit. This was decided by the DFG Senate in Bonn. The research collaborations will offer researchers the possibility of pursuing current and pressing issues in their research areas and establishing innovative work directions. The maximum funding duration of Research Units and Clinical Research Units is two periods of three years. In the initial funding period, the 15 new groups will receive approximately €35 million in total.

Refugee Scientists and Academics: DFG to Facilitate Participation in Research Projects

(11.12.15) The DFG plans to help scientists and academics who have fled their home countries to participate in DFG-funded research projects and thus contribute to the integration of refugees in research and society. President Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider has presented a package of measures to the Joint Committee. The basic aim is to allow supplemental proposals to be submitted for existing funding projects which would enable the participation of qualified researchers or those in training.

Leibniz Prizes 2016: DFG Honours Ten Researchers

(10.12.15) The new recipients of Germany's most prestigious research prize have been announced. In Bonn today, the Joint Committee of the DFG chose ten researchers, three women and seven men, to receive the 2016 Leibniz Prize. The recipients of the prize were selected by the Nominations Committee from 120 nominees. Of the ten new prizewinners, three are from the life sciences, three from the natural sciences, three from the humanities and social sciences, and one from the engineering sciences.

DFG Congratulates Pneumologist on Winning the 2015 Deutscher Zukunftspreis

(08.12.15) The research team led by DFG-funded pneumologist Professor Dr. Ardeschir Ghofrani received the Deutscher Zukunftspreis on 2 December in Berlin. Federal President Dr. h.c. Joachim Gauck presented the prize, worth €250,000, to the medical scientist from the University of Giessen and his colleagues from Bayer AG, Professor Dr. Johannes-Peter Stasch and Dr. Reiner Frey. The three researchers received the award for the development of a drug to treat two widespread forms of pulmonary hypertension.

DFG Review Board Election 2015: Preliminary Results Announced

(30.11.15) The 2015 review board election of the DFG has been successfully concluded. Between 2pm on 26 October and 2pm on 23 November 2015, approximately 150,000 eligible researchers had the opportunity to vote online for their preferred candidates for 613 places on a total of 48 review boards for the period 2016 to 2019. Three days after the end of the four-week voting period, the preliminary results are now available.

DFG to Fund Fifteen New Collaborative Research Centres

(30.11.15) The DFG is establishing fifteen new Collaborative Research Centres, including four CRC/Transregios, spread across multiple applicant universities. This has been decided by the responsible Grants Committee. All new Collaborative Research Centres will receive a 22 percent programme allowance for indirect project costs incurred by the research projects and will be funded from 1 January 2016 for an initial four-year period. The Grants Committee also voted to extend the funding period for thirteen existing Collaborative Research Centres.

DFG to Fund Sixteen New Research Training Groups

(09.11.15) The DFG is establishing 16 new Research Training Groups (RTGs) to further support early career researchers in Germany. They include four International Research Training Groups (IRTG) with partners in Australia, Canada, Japan and the USA. This has been decided by the responsible Grants Committee. The RTGs will receive funding of approximately €72 million for an initial period of four and a half years. The session of the Grants Committee coincided with the 25th anniversary of the Research Training Group programme.

DFG Review Board Election Begins

(02.11.15) The DFG has launched its 2015 review board election. From 26 October, 2 pm, to 23 November, 2pm, approximately 150,000 researchers in Germany are eligible to vote online for their representatives on the DFG's review boards. A total of 48 review boards, representing 213 subjects, are being elected for the 2016-2019 term of office. There are 1,707 candidates for the 613 positions. The DFG is hoping that voter participation will be high and is calling upon all those eligible to make use of their right to vote.

Six New Research Units, One New Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies

(07.10.15) The DFG is to set up six new Research Units and one new Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies. This was decided by the DFG Senate during its autumn session. In the initial funding period, the new groups will receive a total of €16 million. As a result, the DFG will be funding a total of 175 Research Units and 15 Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies.


 

III. Quarter 2015

DFG Europa-Preis Recipients Achieve Success at EU Contest for Young Scientists in Milan

(30.09.15) Five recipients of the Europa-Preis presented by the DFG have also won awards at the 2015 European Union Contest for Young Scientists, held from 17 - 22 September in Milan. Their research projects, which had already won prizes in the national science competition "Jugend forscht", were awarded one first, one third and three special prizes by the international jury. To help them prepare for their presentations, held in English, the DFG assigned them mentors and organised a trip to Bonn which included coaching.

Academies and DFG call for the responsible use of new genome editing techniques

(29.09.15) New molecular biology techniques that permit targeted genetic modification are giving rise to many promising new opportunities in research and application. At the same time, there must be dialogue with society as a whole on the opportunities and limits of these genome editing techniques. The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering, the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, and the German Research Foundation (DFG) point this out in a joint statement.

Looking into the Earth and up to the Sun – Bernd Rendel Prize 2015 Recognises Early Successes in Geosciences

(25.09.15) The Bernd Rendel Prize awarded by the DFG recognises promising geoscience research with international potential by researchers who have not yet obtained their doctorates. This year the prize will be presented to British researcher Eleanor Berryman and Austrian researcher Benedikt Soja. The annual meeting of the German Geological Society in Berlin on 6 October will provide a fitting framework for the award ceremony.

Dr. Tobias Oertel-Jäger

The 2015 von Kaven Award to be presented to Tobias Oertel-Jäger

(07.09.15) Dr. Tobias Henrik Oertel-Jäger is to be presented the 2015 von Kaven Award by the DFG. Following a DFG-funded Emmy Noether independent junior research group, the mathematician started a Heisenberg professorship in July. The award, which is worth €10,000, is being conferred for the tenth time and will be presented at the annual meeting of the German Mathematical Society (DMV) in Hamburg.

Ceremony to Celebrate Scientific Cooperation with Israel

(01.09.15) Scientific cooperation between Germany and Israel will be the focus of a ceremony held by the DFG to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. As well as a large number of German and Israeli researchers, the guests invited to the event on 10 September in Berlin include the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Professor Dr. Johanna Wanka, the Ambassador of the State of Israel in Germany, Yacov Hadas-Handelsman, and high-ranking representatives of the Israeli administration.

Annual meeting of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) in San Francisco

(25.08.15) Core themes of the 15th annual GAIN conference on August 28 to 30, 2015 include the prospects of the German academic and research landscape as well as individual career paths and professional opportunities. This unique meeting offers young German academics and researchers in North America the opportunity to interact and establish contact with high-level representatives from academe, politics, and the private sector.

What Does Clinical Research at Universities in Germany Need?

(30.07.15) The DFG has presented recommendations for “Developing Clinical Research at German University Hospitals between 2015 and 2025” (available in German). The DFG Permanent Senate Commission on Key Questions in Clinical Research, chaired by DFG Vice-President Professor Dr. Leena Bruckner-Tuderman, approved these recommendations. They include dependable career paths in clinical research, targeted long-term investments in infrastructures and the staff associated with these, scope for research and a plea for open-topic funding for knowledge-driven research.

DFG Names Recipients of Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prizes 2015

(16.07.15) Professor Miyoko Motozawa, a specialist in family and social law, and Japanologist Professor Gesine Foljanty-Jost have been chosen as the winners of the 2015 Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize of the DFG. They receive the award for their many years of successful and dedicated scientific work, which has made a significant contribution to academic exchange and mutual understanding between Germany and Japan.

The DFG's Annual Press Conference in Berlin

(09.07.15) The DFG names a substantial increase in basic funding for higher education institutions, continued dedicated support for top-level research and the improvement of career prospects for young researchers as the key challenges for the research system, the research community and research policy in Germany. Re-elected DFG President Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider and Secretary General Dorothee Dzwonnek expressed their views at the annual press conference in Berlin.

The First DFG App: The Digital World of Microbes

(09.07.15) The DFG has presented its first German-language app for mobile devices at its annual press conference in Berlin. The “MenschMikrobe” app is an entertaining compendium based on scientific facts about infection research.

 

Bruckner-Tuderman and Allgöwer Confirmed in DFG Executive Committee

(03.07.15) At the annual meeting of the DFG at the University of Bochum, the General Assembly of the DFG re-elected Vice-President Professor Dr. Leena Kaarina Bruckner-Tuderman and Vice-President Professor Dr.-Ing. Frank Allgöwer for a second term of office. The medical scientist and the engineering scientist have been members of the Executive Committee of Germany's largest research funding organisation and the central self-governing organisation of the German research community since 2012.

Six New Members in DFG Senate

(03.07.15) The General Assembly of the DFG elected six new members to the Senate of the largest research funding organisation and central self-governing organisation of the research community in Germany at its session at the annual meeting in Bochum. The Senate is the central statutory body responsible for scientific affairs. It advises and decides on all important affairs of the DFG.

Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider

DFG President Peter Strohschneider Re-Elected

(03.07.15) Peter Strohschneider will serve another term as President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG). The 59-year-old professor of medieval German language and literature was re-elected by the General Assembly of the DFG on Wednesday 1 July 2015 in Bochum. His second term of office will begin on 1 January 2016 and will last for four years.

Nine New Research Units, One New Clinical Research Unit

(01.07.15) The DFG is to set up one new Clinical Research Unit and nine new Research Units. This was decided by the Senate of the DFG at its session during the 2015 Annual Meeting at the University of Bochum. The research collaborations will offer researchers the possibility of pursuing current and pressing issues in their research areas and establishing innovative work directions. The new groups will receive a total of around €24.5 million for an initial 3-year period.


 

II. Quarter 2015

DFG Increases Research Fellowship Amounts for Recent Postdoctoral Researchers

(08.06.15) The DFG is increasing its research fellowships to offer recent postdoctoral researchers better opportunities in international competition. A resolution concerning these fellowships made by the Joint Committee last year has now been implemented following approval from the Joint Science Conference (GWK). The increase with retroactive effect from 1 January 2015 means that researchers receiving funding will now get a basic monthly sum of €1,750 and a monthly fixed allowance for direct project costs of €250.

DFG Europa-Preis Awarded to Eight “Jugend forscht” Prizewinners

(08.06.15) Three first-place prizes and one fourth-place prize have been awarded at the 50-year anniversary of “Jugend forscht”. In addition the six young male and two young female researchers were also awarded the DFG's Europa-Preis in Ludwigshafen. The aim of this award is to specifically prepare them for the European Union Contest for Young Scientists held in September in Milan.

DFG Establishes 17 New Research Training Groups

(18.05.15) The DFG is establishing 17 new Research Training Groups to further support early career researchers in Germany, including an International Research Training Group with partners in Argentina. The new groups will receive funding of approximately €74 million for an initial period of four and a half years. The Grants Committee also approved the extension of eight Research Training Groups for another four and a half years.

Boris Zernikow Wins 2015 Communicator Award

(04.05.15) Paediatric and palliative medicine researcher Boris Zernikow is the winner of this year's Communicator Award, conferred by the DFG and the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany. The researcher from Witten/Herdecke University will receive the €50,000 prize for his dedicated and varied public outreach work on pain, pain therapy and palliative care in children and adolescents. The award will be presented on 30 June at the DFG's Annual Meeting in Bochum.

How can science contribute to sustainable global development?

(27.04.15) An international conference, which was organized by the DFG and the United Nations University (UNU) with the assistance of the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN in New York, focused on issues of global sustainability and the contribution of science to solving the pressing problems associated with sustainable global development. The meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the UN brought together about 60 scientists, UN policy makers as well as representatives from both political and civil society organizations.

2015 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes

(02.04.15) 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, has chosen ten researchers, five women and five men, to receive the 2015 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes. The prizes of €20,000 each will be presented on 5 May in Berlin.


 

I. Quarter 2015

DFG to Establish One Clinical Research Unit and Five Research Units

(27.03.15) At its spring meeting in Bonn, the Senate of the DFG approved the establishment of one new Clinical Research Unit and five new Research Units. They will receive a total of approximately €13 million for an initial period of three years. As a result, the DFG will be funding a total of 174 Research Units and 18 Clinical Research Units.

Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research Starts Work

(26.03.15) The Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research, set up by the DFG and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, has started work. It was established to aid research institutions in the effective and permanent implementation of the recommendations on "Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility" published in June 2014 by the DFG and the Leopoldina.

18 New Priority Programmes

(25.03.15) The DFG will establish 18 new Priority Programmes. They were selected by the DFG Senate from 87 initiatives and are drawn from the full range of disciplines. Calls for proposals will be announced for each programme separately over the next few months. Work will begin in 2016. A total of €105 million is available for the first three-year funding period.

"DFG in action" – New Media Library Now Online

(10.03.15) The DFG is expanding its audiovisual information resources with the launch of its own media library. "DFG in action" is now available at mediathek.dfg.de/en. The media library contains over 800 videos and audio files in German and English relating to DFG-funded research and the DFG itself. This new resource is intended to provide a more accessible, user-friendly way for people to see and hear what the DFG does as Germany's largest research funding organisation.

Amended Statutes Published

(26.02.15) The amended statutes of the DFG are now available in published form, having been entered in the register of associations. A complimentary printed copy of the statutes in German and English can be obtained from the DFG (contact: presse@dfg.de). The text, approved by the General Assembly in 2014, is also available online.

DFG to Fund Four New Clinical Trials

(28.01.15) The DFG will fund four new clinical trials following a decision by its Joint Committee. The trials will enable researchers to address current, urgent questions in patient-oriented clinical research within the framework of a controlled interventional trial. The topics of the new trials include stomach and breast cancer, liver failure, and schizophrenia. The four trials will receive a total of €4.5 million in funding for an initial period of three years.

Prof. Dr. Hubert Markl

Announcing the death of Hubert Markl

(14.01.15) The DFG is sad to announce the death of former President Hubert Markl. The behavioural biologist and zoologist died on 8 January at the age of 76. Markl's presidency between 1986 and 1991 was shaped by German unification, the development of international collaboration in research funding and the expansion of the DFG's funding programmes. "Hubert Markl led the DFG, and with it the German research community, with intelligence and adroitness through times of great change. The DFG remembers him with deep gratitude and will hold his memory in the highest esteem," said DFG President Peter Strohschneider.


 

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