Information for Researchers No. 18 | 4 March 2020
DFG Responds to Spread of Coronavirus
Protection of all involved within and outside the research community is top priority / Funding activities to be continued as smoothly as possible / Leibniz Prizes awards ceremony on 16 March in Berlin postponed
In response to the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is implementing precautionary measures in connection with its review sessions and other meetings and cancelling its attendance at larger scientific gatherings as well as its own public events. Through these measures, Germany's largest research funding organisation is contributing to efforts to slow down and contain the further spread of the virus. In particular, it aims to minimise the general risk of infection for everyone involved in funding-related processes within and outside the research community. However, the DFG also aims to ensure that funding activities continue as smoothly as possible.
For the time being, no review meetings will take place with the participation of individuals from the countries that are currently worst affected: China, South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy. Official trips by DFG employees to these countries have also been cancelled. Meetings scheduled to be held in Germany as part of review processes or committee activities will be significantly reduced or postponed. More use will be made of teleconferences and video conferences. In all these measures, the DFG is giving top priority to the protection of its reviewers, applicants and employees. The DFG will continue to monitor the situation closely and implement any necessary changes promptly.
The spread of the coronavirus also has implications for the organisation's public events. The awards ceremony for this year's Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes, which was to be held on 16 March in Berlin with several hundred guests from academia, politics and society, will be postponed; a new date will be announced in due course, with adequate notice.
Researchers participating in DFG-funded projects, review processes or other funding-related processes are requested to direct any questions to the appropriate contact persons at the DFG Head Office:
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