Misconduct Investigation Procedure

Based on its own Rules of Procedure, the DFG carries out a two-step procedure to ascertain scientific misconduct.

The two-step process comprises an informal preliminary investigation by the DFG Head Office and a formal process involving the Committee of Inquiry on Allegations of Scientific Misconduct.

Two-step procedure to ascertain scientific misconduct

Two-step procedure to ascertain scientific misconduct

This Committee presents the results of its investigation and its recommendation to the Joint Committee. Depending on the type and severity of the misconduct ascertained, the Joint Committee can decide to prevent the perpetrator from submitting proposals to the DFG for several years, to rescind a funding decision, or to exclude the perpetrator from participation in DFG statutory bodies.


If you suspect misconduct, please feel free to contact the Research Integrity Team:

Mailbox Research Integrity
E-mail: wi@dfg.de

To report suspected research misconduct, you can also use the DFG Research Integrity Incident Reporting System.

Process Guideline for Good Research Practice

Verfahrensleitfaden zur Guten Wissenschaftlichen Praxis

Who do I contact with regard to matters of good research practice or if I suspect a case of scientific misconduct has occurred? What might a typical investigation of such a suspected case look like? And what consequences can it have?

These and other questions are answered in the guide, which incorporates the wide-ranging experience of the DFG and its Head Office in dealing with suspected cases of scientific misconduct in previous years.


The above publication can be ordered from the Press and Public Relations Department, 0228 885-2109 or .


Kerstin Gemünd
E-mail: kerstin.gemuend@dfg.de
Telephone: +49 (228) 885-3085
Dr. Kirsten Hüttemann
E-mail: Kirsten.Huettemann@dfg.de
Telephone: +49 (228) 885-2827
Dr. Philip Ridder
E-mail: philip.ridder@dfg.de
Telephone: +49 (228) 885-3179
Martin Steinberger
E-mail: Martin.Steinberger@dfg.de
Telephone: +49 (228) 885-3204
Claudia Reitz
E-mail: claudia.reitz@dfg.de
Telephone: +49 (228) 885-3091