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State Major Instrumentation

Aim of the Programme

In this programme, major instrumentation at German universities and university hospitals is funded by the federal states and/or universities. As part of the programme, the DFG reviews proposals for major instrumentation intended for use in research, training and teaching, or clinical care, on behalf of the federal states. They may serve these specified purposes either directly or indirectly. Central IT systems are therefore also considered major instrumentation.

Eligibility Requirements

  • German public universities and university clinics are eligible to apply.
  • Proposals for major instrumentation, which can be submitted at any time, are sent to the DFG by the state/university in accordance with the respective state guidelines. The state and/or university must guarantee financing.
  • The gross acquisition cost must be at least €100,000 for universities of applied sciences and at least €200,000 for all other universities.

Reviews are carried out for major instrumentation that satisfies the following criteria

  • Major instrumentation is the sum of the components, including accessories, that form an operational unit for the intended application. A clear relationship should exist between the base unit (including software) and its accessories – which can include methodological and measurement-related expansions or supplements that are not directly required for operation. Building measures are not considered part of the equipment.
  • Proposals for upgrades or supplements will be reviewed if the individual items exceed the minimum limits.
  • Overall concepts for IT will be considered if they include specific purchasing measures.
  • Proposals for networking in universities and university hospitals are reviewed so long as the measures are not purely infrastructural.

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