Evaluation Studies and Statistical Reports
With the evaluation of a DFG funding programme, it is possible to (a) assess the success of a process and (b) lay an empirical basis for DFG funding policy. In doing so, evaluative studies utilise sociological methods, such as statistical analyses, surveys or bibliometric assessments.
Statistical Reports on Researchers in the Coordinated Programmes (2022)
Three statistical reports on researchers in Collaborative Research Centres, in Research Training Groups and in Clusters of Excellence provide information on the personnel structures in the DFG’s Coordinated Programmes. They focus on their distribution by gender, their place of employment before joining the team and the funding of these researchers. The reports reflect the developments in these three thematic areas during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. They portray the status quo in survey year 2021 differentiated by research area.
The DFG's Funding Activities in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic
he COVID-19 pandemic posed major challenges to the research community in 2020 and 2021. These also impacted the DFG, as shown in a statistical report. The report focuses on movements in key figures relating to the receipt of proposals, to international cooperation projects and to the procedures for processing proposals during the height of the pandemic. It furthermore highlights the scope and subject matter of funded research into pandemics, and COVID-19 in particular.
Further Studies and Reports
Doctoral programme lengths and doctoral degrees are highly relevant to research policy, but information on them is scarce. In two statistical reports, the DFG analyses data on doctorates completed in the context of Collaborative Research Centres, Research Training Groups, Clusters of Excellence and Graduate Schools.
The report "Open Access Publishing" contains extensive information from an empirical evaluation of the funding programme with which the DFG has been supporting the gold route of open access since 2010.