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Annual Surveys in Coordinated Programmes

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How many people are financed by Excellence Strategy funds? How many doctorates are completed in Research Training Groups and Collaborative Research Centres? What new professorships have been established in clusters of excellence?

To answer questions like these in relation to the Excellence Strategy, Collaborative Research Centres and Research Training Groups, the DFG issues regular statistical reports and evaluative studies. To supplement the data collected during the processing of proposals, the DFG carries out annual surveys of funded research groups.

The next annual survey for Collaborative Research Centres, Research Training Groups and Clusters of Excellence will be from mid of September to early of November 2023.

Subject Classification System of the Federal Statistical Office

Please use the subject classification system by the Federal Statistical Office for individuals who have newly joined a group.

Data protection

The data collected is treated as confidential and it is always anonymised before being used, i.e. it is not published in such a way that it can be linked to a particular individual.

Please refer to the information on data protection in relation to DFG research funding (see Research Funding point IV, under point 10), which you can access at

If appropriate, please share this information with individuals whose data is processed by the DFG due to the fact that they are involved in your project.

The survey pages for a research group can only be accessed by the group itself via the access code. Pages are protected against misuse by third parties.


The FAQs below provide answers to frequently asked questions about the survey.