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Information on the Licences for Digital Content Funding Programme

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The Licences for Digital Content programme is currently being evaluated by the Committee on Scientific Library Services and Information Systems (AWBI). The programme will run until the end of 2020. Until then, the currently valid rules will apply, i.e. in 2019 and 2020, proposals can be submitted for up to three years’ funding. Proposals for the call on Open Access Transformation Contracts can also be submitted until the end of 2020 in accordance with the currently applicable rules.

Through the Licences for Digital Content funding programme, the DFG enables libraries, by means of nationwide contracts, to implement and test innovative licensing models and approaches to bundling licensing activities in electronic media acquisition that may be reused in other negotiation contexts.

The purpose of the funding is to improve licensing standards in the interests of research. The DFG funds 25% of the final price of a product. Digital content licences in their current form (‘Alliance licences’) have been funded since 2010. They replaced the national licences which were wholly funded by the DFG.

Products for which a funding proposal is submitted must satisfy the guidelines for the purchase of DFG-funded licences (form 12.181). In addition to the proposal, a data sheet must be submitted for each requested product (form 12.182).

Proposals are accepted up to 5 May of each year.

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