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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.

What are the principles of DFG funding that need to be taken into account?

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.

Have the infrastructure resources been secured?

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.

Have all the statements and approvals been obtained?

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.

What is the relevance of the reusability of research data?

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.

Does the project adhere to CBD guidelines?

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.

Who should be informed about a DFG proposal?

The DFG requests applicants to inform the DFG liaison officer at their university about the proposal.

Is it possible for funding recipients to submit carbon compensation costs?

The DFG seeks to contribute to climate neutrality and resource conservation. For this reason, it enables compensation costs for business trips undertaken by DFG funding recipients to be covered by the DFG funds disbursed.

Electronic Proposal Processing and Research Information Systems

Further FAQs on submitting proposals to funding programmes