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In the “Major Research Instrumentation” funding programme (according to Art. 91b of the Basic Law) the DFG is contributing 50% of the investment costs for major research instrumentation at universities of all kinds (Hochschulen) from a dedicated federal budget as defined in the federal-state agreement on research buildings and major research instrumentation at universities, and national high-performance computing (AV-FGH), decided by the Joint Science Conference (GWK).
Successful proposals must be of particular scientific quality and have more than regional significance. The instrumentation must be intended for use predominantly in research, meaning the need for its procurement and use must be justified solely by research. The instrumentation is also permitted to be used in teaching and/or clinical care, but only to a small degree. These areas will not be considered in the assessment and do not contribute to the justification.
Major instrumentation is the sum of the components, including accessories, that form a functional state for the intented operational application. An appropriate relationship should exist between the base unit (including software) and its accessories, which can include methodological and measurement-related expansions or supplements that are not directly required for operation.