Press Release No. 5 | 9 February 2012
Final Results of the 2011 DFG Review Board Election Announced
Senate Informed of Election Results / Constitutive Meetings to Begin in March
Following acknowledgement by the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the results of the Review Board Election are now final. A total of 606 researchers have been elected to 48 review boards. The newly elected review boards will hold constitutive meetings beginning in March 2012 and thereby replace the current review boards. The final election results are available at www.dfg.de/en/rb-election2011.
Before the final results were announced in the Senate by DFG President Professor Matthias Kleiner, the independent election rules and procedures committee, which was elected prior to the polling period by the Senate, had to rule on a dispute. This was directed at the candidate list compiled for one of the 209 subject areas of the 48 review boards and was rejected as unfounded following an in-depth examination.
More than 110,000 researchers were called upon to cast their votes between 7 November and 5 December 2011 in one of the world's largest online elections. The term of office for the newly elected review boards will run from 2012 to 2015. Approximately 38.2% of those eligible to vote took part in the election.
In the newly elected review boards, 381 researchers will represent their respective subject areas for the first time; 225 of the members currently serve in the term that is coming to an end. This represents over one-third of the members. The DFG was pleased to note the increase in the percentage of women in the review boards to 20.8%, compared to 16.8% following the 2007 election.
A total of 1,841 candidate nominations were received, from which the DFG Senate chose 1,385 for candidacy. Nominations could be submitted by the 95 member institutions of the DFG, 267 scientific societies and faculty associations, the approximately 300 Leibniz Prize recipients and the Donor's Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany. DFG President Kleiner emphasised that "the commitment of all those putting forth nominations and the willingness of the researchers to stand for election are crucial contributions towards the self-governance of German science in the DFG". He also gave special thanks to those candidates who were not elected to the review boards.
The newly elected review board members will soon begin their work in these important DFG committees. In addition to scientifically assessing funding proposals submitted to the DFG and formulating recommendations for the DFG’s decision-making bodies, the members will also advise these bodies on strategic issues in research funding. The review boards represent the scientific disciplines in the DFG’s funding activities and promote innovation in the funding system.