General Questions about the Planning Phase
There are several things that applicants must consider before submitting a proposal. These things should be taken into account before designing the proposal.
The principles of DFG funding set out below apply to all proposals. They include good scientific practice as well as various aspects of diversity, and also legal requirements.
If your project requires significant infrastructure resources, such as equipment or IT infrastructures, you should check during the preparation phase that the appropriate resources exist in your research environment, and whether they are available for your use.
You will find an overview of research infrastructures available in Germany in the RISources information portal.
If tests on humans or on material taken from humans will form part of your project, you will, as a rule, need to submit a statement from the appropriate ethics committee with your proposal. This should be requested as early as possible to avoid unnecessary delays.
If your project includes the systematic collection of research data which could be re-used later, a plan detailing how this data will be transferred to existing databases or repositories should accompany your proposal. In such cases, it is often advisable to make contact with the operators of the appropriate infrastructures during the planning phases. This allows existing standards to be used, as well as enabling any costs involved in this step to be integrated into the proposal.
If your proposed project involves the collection and transport of biological material outside Germany, it may come under the provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). If this is the case, applicants should inform themselves in good time about the regulations in place in their host country, and seek collaboration with researchers there. Further information is provided in the detailed guidelines.