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Information for Reviewers and Committee Members

What is changing due to the coronavirus pandemic?

The DFG's funding decisions rely on the hard work and commitment of volunteers. Current restrictions on contact are changing the usual procedures involving face-to-face meetings.

The DFG is therefore using digital procedures to reach decisions. So far this has worked very smoothly, also thanks to the patience of the members of all committees and groups.

This commitment ensures the quality of the review process and the decisions made and maintains competitive selection under comparable conditions.

Review meetings and other meetings

At the beginning of March, the DFG announced in a press release that precautionary measures would apply to review sessions and other meetings. In the case of reviews, evaluations by review boards and decisions by the relevant committees, written procedures supported by video conferences or teleconferences are possible.

If you have any questions about a review session or other meeting, please get in touch with your DFG programme contact:

Senate and Joint Committee

The decisions that were to have been made at the Senate and Joint Committee meetings scheduled for 26 and 27 March 2020 will instead be made in a staggered written process. The new Research Units and those awarded an extension were announced in a press release on 29 April 2020. New Priority Programmes are expected to be announced in mid-May.

Collaborative Research Centres

The Senate and Grants Committee on Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) will meet on 27 and 28 May 2020 by video conference in compliance with data protection legislation. Of the 54 on-site evaluations for current CRC proposals scheduled to allow a decision in May, 15 have been cancelled. A written review process has now been initiated for these proposals. This is expected to result in decisions by no later than November 2020 and will be accompanied by bridging measures. A similar arrangement applies to the 16 out of 42 on-site evaluations scheduled for a decision in November that have already been cancelled.

Research Training Groups

All reviews for the cases to be decided at the May meeting have been completed, so decisions can be made on all proposals. It is currently intended that decisions on new and extended Research Training Groups will be made in a video conference meeting of the Grants Committee on Research Training Groups at the beginning of July 2020.

Review boards hold inaugural meetings digitally

In spite of the contact restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the review boards elected last autumn have held their inaugural meetings, mostly online. This will enable them to play their essential role in the DFG's review and decision-making processes.