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News | 2020

I. Quarter 2020

DFG is Sad to Announce the Death of Reinhard Grunwald

(30.03.20) The DFG is sad to announce the death of Prof. Dr. Reinhard Grunwald. The former Secretary General of Germany's largest research funding organisation and the central self-governing organisation of the country's research community died on 21 March 2020 at the age of 77, after a long, serious illness. Grunwald led the DFG Head Office between 1996 and 2007. Interner Linkmore

DFG Stresses Importance of Research and Cooperation

(16.03.20) In view of the coronavirus pandemic, the DFG has underlined the importance of long-term basic research and international cooperation. Only in this way can the virus and the consequences of its spread be understood. The DFG is currently funding approximately 20 research projects and groups on coronaviruses and viral infections with €18 million per year. A new multidisciplinary call is expected to be published before the end of March. Interner Linkmore

DFG Awards Eight Prizes

(09.03.20) The DFG has announced the winning proposals in the International Research Marketing ideas competition. Awards will go to eight institutions. The University of Freiburg will receive prize money of €100,000 and seven institutions will each be awarded €25,000 for pilot or smaller scale projects. The awards ceremony will be held during the BMBF Forum Research in Germany on 19 May 2020 in Berlin. Interner Linkmore

DFG Responds to Spread of Coronavirus

(04.03.20) In response to the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the DFG is implementing precautionary measures in connection with its review sessions and other meetings. In addition, the DFG is cancelling its attendance at larger scientific gatherings as well as its own public events. The awards ceremony for the Leibniz Prizes, which was to be held on 16 March in Berlin, has also been postponed. Interner Linkmore

Ten Researchers to Receive Germany's Most Important Award for Early Career Researchers

(02.03.20) This year ten researchers – four women and six men – have been selected to receive the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, the most important award for early career researchers in Germany. Awarded by the DFG and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the prizes of €20,000 each will be presented on 5 May in Berlin. Interner Linkmore

New Year Begins with a Focus on DFG2020

(13.01.20) At the DFG's traditional New Year’s reception at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Prof. Dr. Katja Becker addressed approximately 400 guests from academia, industry and society, for the first time in her new role as President of the DFG. One topic that featured in her speech was the DFG2020 – Because Research Matters campaign, which she officially launched at a press conference.