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.
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 reports "Personnel Structures in Collaborative Research Centres" and "Personnel Structures in Research Training Groups" provide information on the personnel make-up of these two DFG-funded programmes. They have now been updated with the data from the 2019 survey year. The focus of the reports is on distribution according to gender, place of employment prior to joining the group and the funding of researchers. Distributions are shown for different scientific disciplines and five-year trends are indicated.
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.
In 2018, the DFG approved positions for approximately 27,000 doctoral and 12,000 postdoctoral researchers through its project funding (with total funding amounting to €1.5 billion). This report presents statistics on these positions.
The Specialised Information Services funding programme was introduced in 2014 to meet as comprehensively as possible the information needs of researchers over and above basic provision. The programme is a development of the DFG-funded special subject collections system which it replaced. To assess the programme structures, the success of the programme's implementation and the impact and acceptance of the services among the academic communities, the DFG commissioned Prognos AG to conduct an evaluation of the funding programme.
The study "Evaluation of Funding Programme: Information Infrastructures for Research Data" investigates whether the goals of the programme set up in 2013 following a pilot phase to fund innovative, high-performing information systems for research have been achieved. It focuses on the suitability of the review process; the project process; the sustainability of the funded projects; and the scientific added value generated by the programme.
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 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 ‘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.
“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.
In 2008, the member organisations of the DFG made a voluntary commitment to the Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality. These standards were designed to help increase the participation of women in research at all career levels in the German research system and establish gender equality as a matter of concern at management level.
The DFG‘s Heisenberg Programme has two aims: firstly, it is designed to keep particularly talented early career researchers in the scientific system. Secondly, it aims to provide this group with optimum funding opportunities.