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(11.01.21) For the first time, the DFG and the academic research community in Germany have started the new year off virtually. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional DFG New Year’s reception was held as an online event. Following the New Year’s address by DFG President Professor Dr. Katja Becker, the more than 400 registered guests representing academia, politics and society had the opportunity to meet digitally via an online platform.

Sustainable research funding New Opportunity to Compensate for Co2 Emissions

(15.12.20) The DFG is making a further contribution to greater sustainability within its research work and in the research projects it funds. In future it will be possible for compensation payments to be made in relation to all CO2 emissions arising due to business trips undertaken due to funding projects and by DFG staff, members of statutory bodies and reviewers. Interner Linkmore

Approximately €25 million for the first funding period Seven New Research Units

(11.12.20) The DFG is establishing seven new Research Units. The DFG Joint Committee decided this on the recommendation of the Senate. The new networks will receive a total of approximately €25 million. The meetings of the DFG's statutory bodies were conducted online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Interner LinkMore 

New information portal "GEPRIS Historisch"

(14.12.20) “GEPRIS Historisch” is the DFG’s information portal about the history of the DFG and of research between 1920 and 1945. It comprises information about 50,000 approved and rejected funding proposals, applicants and research facilities, as well as topic pages and an image archive. Interner Linkmore


Leading Research Funding AwardGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes 2021 Announced

The Joint Committee of the DFG today awarded the 2021 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize to four female and six male researchers. They had previously been selected from 131 nominees by the selection committee responsible. The prizewinners each receive prize money of €2.5 million. Interner Linkmore

Initial funding decisionsFocus Funding on the Coronavirus

The DFG has made its first decisions in the new COVID-19 Focus Funding instrument. These decisions will enable 33 projects to immediately begin research on immunity, host susceptibility and pathomechanisms of infection with SARS-CoV-2. A total of €3.6 million will be provided for a maximum of one year. Interner Linkmore

Collaborative Research CentreCoronavirus Vaccine Shows Value of Basic Research

The most promising vaccine to date in combating the coronavirus shows the long-term value of basic research and its support by the DFG. The mRNA vaccine platform developed by the company BioNTech traces back to preliminary work undertaken in an earlier Collaborative Research Centre in Mainz. Interner Linkmore

FAQs on submitting proposals to funding programmes

The FAQs were compiled to assist prospective applicants in submitting proposals to the DFG. They provide information on various DFG funding programmes and serve to complement existing guidelines and instructions. Interner Linkmore