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Information for Researchers No. 13 | 4 March 2016
Final Results of the 2015 DFG Review Board Election Announced

Senate informed of election results / Constitutive meetings to begin in April

Following acknowledgement by the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) on 3 March 2016, the results of the 2015 DFG review board election are now final. A total of 613 researchers have been elected to a total of 48 review boards, which in turn represent 213 subject areas. Constitutive meetings of each newly elected review board will be held in April and May 2016, thus signalling the start of these review boards and ending the term of the current boards. The final result is available at: www.dfg.de/rb-election2015. The proportion of women serving on the boards once again rose: this figure is now 23.5%, up from 20.8% following the elections in 2011 and 16.8% in 2007. The same was true of the candidates in these elections, of whom just under 29% were women.

The election took place between 26 October and 23 November 2015. More than 130,000 eligible researchers had the opportunity to vote online for their preferred candidates for the 2016-2019 review board term. (This figure was approximately 110,000 in 2011.) Over 48,000 researchers, or just under 37% of those eligible to vote, took part in the election. This saw an increase in absolute participation (up from approximately 42,000 in 2011), whereas the percentage share decreased slightly (down from 38.2% in 2011).

The 1,707 candidates who stood for election were selected from 1,838 nominations in a process governed by election regulations. The DFG member organisations, scientific/academic societies and faculty associations chosen by the DFG Senate following their application, and the Stifterverband were all eligible to nominate candidates.

The members of the review boards make scientific assessments of research funding proposals submitted to the DFG and formulate funding recommendations for the DFG's decision-making bodies. They also advise the DFG on issues concerning the further development and refinement of funding programmes. The review boards represent the scientific disciplines in the DFG’s funding activities and promote innovation in the funding system.