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IV. Quarter 2018

Position Paper on Synthetic Biology

(08.10.18) The Permanent Senate Commission on Genetic Research of the DFG (German Research Foundation) has published a position paper on synthetic biology, in which it describes key scientific advancements in the field within the context of current public discourse. Interner Linkmore


III. Quarter 2018

Excellence Commission Approves 57 Clusters of Excellence

(27.09.18) Funding decisions have now been made in Germany’s Excellence Strategy: The Excellence Commission, consisting of the members of the international Committee of Experts and the research ministers of the federal and state governments, approved 57 Clusters of Excellence to be funded from among the 88 proposed projects.

DFG to Fund Nine New Research Units

(20.09.18) The DFG is establishing nine new Research Units, following a decision by the Senate and the Joint Committee in Bonn. In the initial funding period, the nine new groups will receive a total of approximately €21 million, including a 22% programme allowance for indirect project costs. This brings the number of Research Units currently funded by the DFG to 203. Interner Linkmore

Success for Three DFG Europa-Preis Winners

(19.09.18) Three recipients of the Europa-Preis presented by the DFG have also enjoyed international success at the 2018 European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), held from 14 - 19 September in Dublin. One of the €7,000 first prizes was awarded to Anna Fleck (16) and Adrian Fleck (19). The two first-prize winners and Max von Wolff (18) from Mayen were also each awarded a special prize. Interner Linkmore

27 September 2018 – Excellence Strategy:
Decision on New Clusters of Excellence

(06.09.18) A decision will be made soon on the new Clusters of Excellence in Germany’s Excellence Strategy. On 27 September 2018, the Excellence Commission, consisting of the members of the international Committee of Experts and the research ministers of the federal and state governments, will select the Clusters to be funded from among 88 proposed projects. The results will be announced beginning at approximately 4:00 pm at a press conference, which will be live-streamed on the internet. Interner Linkmore

DFG Congratulates Peter Scholze on Winning the Fields Medal

(01.08.18) The DFG congratulates Prof. Dr. Peter Scholze on winning the 2018 Fields Medal. DFG President Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider said: “We are delighted on behalf of Peter Scholze, whom we previously honoured as an outstanding researcher with the Leibniz Prize in 2016, and who belongs to a Cluster of Excellence funded through the Excellence Initiative.” Interner Linkmore

Interner LinkFurther information and a film portrait of Peter Scholze

DFG Awards Prize for Two Alternatives to Animal Experiments

(24.07.18) Toxicologist Ellen Fritsche and mathematician, physicist and medical scientist Hamid Reza Noori are to be presented with the Ursula M. Händel Prize by the DFG. The prize, which is worth €50,000 each, is awarded to researchers who improve animal welfare in research in line with the principles of the 3Rs. The award ceremony will be held on 23 November 2018, in Berlin. Interner Linkmore

Interner LinkFurther information on the Ursula M. Händel Prize and the prizewinners

DFG Recognises Early Career Achievements in the Earth Sciences

(11.07.18) Michael Förster and Janina Kleemann are to receive the DFG’s Bernd Rendel Prize 2018 for their multifaceted and original research at the start of their careers in the earth sciences. The award of €1,500 will be presented at GeoBonn 2018 between 2 and 6 September in Bonn. Interner Linkmore

Five New Research Units, Two New Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies

(04.07.18) During the DFG Annual Meeting in Bonn, the DFG Senate approved the establishment of five new Research Units and two new Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies. The new groups will receive funding of approximately €26 million and address topics such as quantum thermodynamics, sustainability and pruritus research. Interner Linkmore

DFG Presents 2017 Annual Report / Annual Meeting Held in Bonn

(04.07.18) In 2017, the DFG awarded funding to approximately 32,500 research projects totalling almost €3.2 billion – representing an increase of around 1,000 projects and €120 million compared to the previous year. Of these projects, over 8,000 were newly approved projects, which received a total of €2.1 billion in funding. These figures were published in the Annual Report 2017, which was accepted at the General Assembly on 4 July, marking the conclusion of the DFG’s Annual Meeting for 2018. Interner Linkmore

DFG Senate Commission Presents 54th List of Maximum Workplace Concentrations and Biological Tolerance Values

(02.07.18) The DFG’s Permanent Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area has presented the 2018 List of Maximum Workplace Concentrations (MAK values) and Biological Tolerance Values (BAT values). The list has now been submitted to the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. It includes 95 supplements and new entries, a new MAK value for polytetrafluoroethylene, and is now also available in Spanish. Interner Linkmore


II. Quarter 2018

Outstanding German-Polish Cooperation in Cardiology

(15.06.18) Cardiologists from Berlin and Wrocław to receive the 2018 Copernicus Award from the DFG and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) for their long-standing collaboration in heart failure research. The €200,000 Copernicus Award will be presented on 25 October 2018 in Berlin by the presidents of the DFG and the FNP Interner Linkmore

DFG awards Europa-Preis

(29.05.18) Six young researchers - one female and five male - have been awarded the DFG’s Europa-Preis in the final of the “Jugend forscht” competition in Darmstadt. Thanks to a mentoring programme, they were specifically prepared for the European round of the competition in Dublin. They will also receive prize money of 1,000 euros. Interner Linkmore

DFG to Fund 14 New Collaborative Research Centres

(18.05.18) The DFG is establishing 14 new Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) to further support top-level research at German universities. They will receive a total of approximately €164 million in funding for an initial period of four years from 1 July 2018. The responsible Grants Committee also approved the extension of 21 CRCs. Interner Linkmore

DFG to Fund 15 New Research Training Groups

(07.05.18) The DFG is establishing 15 new Research Training Groups to further support early career researchers. They will receive a total of €70 million in funding for an initial period of four and a half years starting from October 2018. The responsible Grants Committee also approved the extension of nine Research Training Groups. Interner Linkmore

Antje Boetius Wins 2018 Communicator Award

(20.04.18) Marine researcher Antje Boetius is the winner of this year’s Communicator Award, conferred by the DFG and the Stifterverband. She is recognised for her multifaceted work in communicating her research and in making science accessible to the public. The prize will be presented on 2 July in Bonn. Interner Linkmore


I. Quarter 2018

Ten Researchers to Receive Prize

(27.03.18) Ten researchers – five women and five men – will receive the 2018 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize. The recipients were chosen by a selection committee appointed by the DFG and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The awards will be presented on 29 May in Berlin. Interner Linkmore

14 New Priority Programmes

(16.03.18) The DFG has approved the establishment of 14 new Priority Programmes (PP) for 2019. Priority Programmes examine fundamental scientific issues relating to particularly topical or emerging areas of research. The new programmes were selected by the DFG Senate from a total of 53 submissions. Interner Linkmore

DFG Establishes Four Competence Centres

(16.03.18) The DFG is establishing four new competence centres for high-throughput sequencing. They will be equipped with next generation sequencing technology and funded with a total of €14 million for an initial period of three years. The centres will provide cross-location consulting for sequencing projects and bioinformatics. Interner Linkmore

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

(16.03.18) The DFG is establishing two new Research Units and one new Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies. This was decided by the DFG Senate in Bonn. The maximum funding duration for Research Units is two periods of three years; Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies can be funded for two periods of four years. Interner Linkmore

New Year’s Reception 2018

(16.01.18) On 15 January 2018 the DFG ushered in the new year with its traditional New Year’s reception at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. President Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider addressed some 400 guests, representing science and academia, politics, society and the media, on the topic “Science and Humanities in the Digital Age”. Interner Linkmore