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.
The report “Exzellenzstrategie des Bundes und der Länder – Statistische Übersichten zu den Förderentscheidungen zu Exzellenzclustern (September 2018)” (Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments – Statistical Overview of Funding Decisions on Clusters of Excellence) presents key figures on the distribution of projects in this programme by region and discipline and examines topics such as the interdisciplinary nature of the Clusters and the composition of the review groups.
An online survey adds the perspective of the reviewers of the proposals.
The reports “Personnel Structures in Collaborative Research Centres” and “Personnel Structures in Research Training Groups” provide information on the personnel make-up of DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) and Research Training Groups (RTGs).
They distinguish between scientific disciplines and report developments between 2014 and 2017 (CRCs) or 2018 (RTGs). The focus of the reports is on distribution according to gender, place of employment prior to joining the group and the funding of researchers.
The reform of the federal system in 2006 and the ensuing end of the University Construction Act saw the rearrangement of major instrumentation programmes for universities. They were devised as a result of Articles 91b and 143c of the Basic Law, which cover the joint responsibilities of federal and state governments and financial compensation. This report provides information about the development of the major instrumentation programmes up until 2017.
“The study ‘Kleine Fächer – große Dynamik’ (Small Disciplines – Big Dynamism) investigates how often researchers in small disciplines submit proposals to DFG funding programmes. The study focuses on their participation in coordinated programmes such as Collaborative Research Centres and Research Training Groups.
The study ‘Research Funding and Career Paths – Comparative Study on DFG Programmes for Research Career Support’ examines the career paths of applicants in programmes for early career researchers to investigate whether the associated funding objectives are achieved.