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III. Quarter 2021

All DFG Europa Prize Winners Successful in Salamanca

(20.09.21) All four winners of the DFG’s Europa Prize 2021 also received international distinctions at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) 2021 in Salamanca, Spain. This year the event took place virtually from 16 to 19 September. Interner Linkmore

Early Achievements in the Geosciences

(26.08.21) Simon Rosanka, a doctoral student at the University of Cologne and Forschungszentrum Jülich, and Jan Schönig, a doctoral student at the University of Göttingen, will receive the DFG’s Bernd Rendel Prize 2021 for promising and original early-career research in the geosciences. The prize money of €2,000 is intended to enable the prizewinners to pursue academic activities such as attending international congresses and conferences. Interner Linkmore

Largest Networking Event for Academic Careers in Germany

(23.08.21) At its 21st annual conference and Talent Fair the German Academic International Network (GAIN) brings together early career academics from Germany as well as international researchers with high-ranking German representatives from academia, politics and business from 25 to 27 August. Around 1,000 attendees are expected to take part in the virtual networking event. Interner Linkmore

Prevention of Coronavirus Infection through Aerosols

(27.07.21) An academic position paper has now been published that provides a summary of findings on the spread of SARS-CoV-2 viruses through aerosols. It aims to help contribute to a reliable information base that is broadly coordinated among specialists as well as offering concrete advice on how to guard against infection. Interner Linkmore

Key Challenges in Focus

(08.07.21) The DFG’s annual press conference with President Katja Becker and Secretary General Heide Ahrens on 8 July focused on the annual meeting, which had concluded the day before, and current issues relating to research, the research system and research policy. Topics included the DFG’s activities in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, stimuli for the upcoming legislative period of the Bundestag and universities of applied sciences. The 2020 DFG Annual Report was also presented. Interner Linkmore

Four New Members of the DFG Senate

(07.07.21) The DFG General Assembly elected four new members to the Senate on 7 July. Five Senate members were confirmed for another term. Of the four newly filled Senate seats, two are in the humanities and social sciences and one each in the life sciences and natural sciences. Interner Linkmore

Four New Members of the DFG Executive Committee

(07.07.21) The DFG has four new Vice Presidents: on 7 July, the General Assembly elected experimental physicist Professor Dr. Karin Jacobs, empirical macrosociologist Professor Dr. Matthias Koenig, biochemist Professor Dr. Peter H. Seeberger and political scientist and former President of the Federal Constitutional Court Professor Dr. Andreas Voßkuhle to the DFG Executive Committee. Interner Linkmore

DFG Member Organisations Approve Amendments to Statutes

(07.07.21) The DFG General Assembly approved a set of amendments to the statutes on 7 July. The main changes include the addition of a preamble, a revision of the governance of the DFG and an adaptation of the language used, in particular with regard to gender equality. Interner Linkmore

DFG Research Centre Funded for Another Three Years

(06.07.21) After two funding periods, the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) will be funded for another three years. This decision was taken by the DFG Joint Committee. The three applicant universities of Leipzig, Jena and Halle-Wittenberg will therefore receive approximately €34 million from October 2021 onwards, plus a programme allowance of 22 percent. Interner Linkmore

DFG to Fund 13 New Research Units

(06.07.21) The DFG is establishing 13 new Research Units. The DFG Joint Committee decided this on 6 July on the recommendation of the Senate. The new Research Units will receive total funding of approximately €47.4 million, including a 22-percent programme allowance for indirect project-related costs. It also decided that funding for nine Research Units was to be extended for a second period. Interner Linkmore

NFDI: DFG welcomes second-round funding decisions

(02.07.21) The Joint Science Conference of the Federal Government and the Länder (GWK) decided to fund ten further consortia in the National Research Data Infrastructure programme (NFDI). The DFG was again responsible for the selection, reviewing and evaluation process in the second funding round of the NFDI that is now complete. Interner Linkmore

Launch of the Transparency Agreement for Animal Research

(01.07.21) The DFG and the information platform “Understanding Animal Research” of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany are launching their “Transparency Agreement for Transparent Information and Open Communication about Animal Research” today. In the context of the initiative, research institutions undertake to inform about animal experiments transparently, to get actively involved in dialogue about animal experiments in research, as well as to exchange experiences and publicise activities. Interner Linkmore

DFG Senate Commission Presents 2021 List of MAK and BAT Values

(01.07.21) The DFG Permanent Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area has presented the 57th List of MAK and BAT Values. The list was submitted to the Federal Minister of Labour and serves as an essential scientific basis for changes and modifications of statutory regulations in the field of occupational health and safety. The list contains 95 supplements and new entries this year, as well as new threshold limit values for lead. Interner Linkmore


 

II. Quarter 2021

Virtual DFG Annual Meeting from 5–7 July 2021

(21.06.21) The DFG is due to hold its 2021 Annual Meeting from 5 to 7 July. Current issues such as the coronavirus pandemic and digitalisation are on the agenda of the statutory bodies, as well as funding decisions and elections. In addition, the DFG and the Stifterverband will be holding a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the predecessor organisations which was postponed in 2020. All meetings and events will again take place in virtual form. Interner Linkmore

51 New Projects Dedicated to Research into Epidemics and Pandemics

(08.06.21) The DFG is funding more than 50 new interdisciplinary projects dedicated to research into epidemics and pandemics. This is the result of the largest interdisciplinary call for proposals ever to be issued in this field. The first projects started at the beginning of the year and the last funding decisions have now been made. A total of 51 projects are due to receive total funding of €31.5 million. Interner Linkmore

“Emergency Associations of German Science”

(01.06.21) The recently published study Notgemeinschaften der Wissenschaft (“Emergency Associations of Science”) takes a comprehensive and critical look at the history of the DFG, examining science-driven research funding in Germany in the first half of the organisation’s 100-year existence. Historian Patrick Wagner traces the development of the DFG from the founding of its predecessor organisation in 1920, through the Weimar Republic and the National Socialist era to its re-establishment after the Second World War and its development in the Federal Republic of Germany up until the early 1970s. Interner Linkmore

DFG Presents Awards to Selected Jugend forscht Winners

(31.05.21) The DFG has awarded its Europa Prize to selected winners of the national Jugend forscht competition. Four young researchers recently received the award at the virtual Jugend forscht finals in Heilbronn in addition to their national prize. The focus here is on preparing the winners for the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) in September. Interner Linkmore

DFG President Katja Becker Elected GRC Chair

(28.05.21) The DFG continues to play a key role within the Global Research Council (GRC), thereby taking on responsibility for global cooperation in research funding: DFG President Professor Dr. Katja Becker has now been elected Chair of the Governing Board of the GRC. The elections took place as part of the Ninth Annual Meeting of research funding organisations from all over the world. Interner Linkmore

Eleven New Collaborative Research Centres

(25.05.21) The DFG is establishing eleven new Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) to promote world-class research at universities. This was announced by the relevant Grants Committee, which met by video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new CRCs will initially receive a total of approximately €138 million over a period of four years from 1 July 2021 onwards. 27 other CRCs have had their funding extended for an extra period. Interner Linkmore

Germany’s Excellence Strategy: Laying the Foundations for the Second
Round of Competition Early On

(11.05.21) The success of the Excellence Strategy being pursued by the German federal and state governments is already visible and can only continue if the foundations are laid for the second round of competition early on. Following the Expert Committee for the Excellence Strategy, a “Discussion Forum on Clusters of Excellence 2021” organised by the DFG has now also spoken out in favour of increasing funding. Interner Linkmore

DFG to Fund 17 New Research Training Groups

(10.05.21) The DFG is establishing 17 new Research Training Groups (RTGs) to bolster the support offered to early career researchers. This was announced by the Grants Committee, which met by video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the decision was made to extend 14 RTGs for a further funding period in each case. The DFG currently funds a total of 219 RTGs, including 34 international RTGs. Interner Linkmore

“Strengthen Knowledge-Driven Research, Benefit from Knowledge Reservoirs”

(05.05.21) In an impulse paper for the 20th legislative period of the German Bundestag, the DFG has set out what it considers to be the most important areas of action and recommendations to ensure that the sciences and humanities can continue to play a key role in addressing major challenges in the future. “Strengthen Knowledge-Driven Research, Benefit from Knowledge Repositories” is the title of the recently published paper that is addressed to policymakers in view of the upcoming federal election campaign. Interner Linkmore

Communicator Award 2021: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Richter-Gebert

Communicator Award 2021 goes to Jürgen Richter-Gebert

(20.04.21) This year’s Communicator Award presented by the DFG and Stifterverband goes to the mathematician Professor Jürgen Richter-Gebert. An expert in geometry and visualisation from the Technical University of Munich, Professor Richter-Gebert receives the award worth €50,000 for his versatility in communicating abstract mathematical content to make it visible, audible and comprehensible. The award will be presented on 7 July 2021 at the DFG’s virtual Annual General Meeting. Interner Linkmore


 

I. Quarter 2021

Principles of effective career support in academia

(30.03.21) At the recommendation of the Senate, the Joint Committee of the DFG has now adopted ten principles for the effective support of researchers in early career phases. The principles are intended as a guide for the DFG’s member institutions, as well as for all institutions and individuals that receive funding from the DFG to finance researchers in an early phase of their career. Interner Linkmore

DFG Publishes Reports on Doctorates in Consortia

(30.03.21) The DFG has published two detailed reports on the subject of doctorates. They contain extensive up-to-date statistical data on the duration of doctoral programmes as well as details of the ratio between completed and non-completed doctorates in the research consortia funded by the DFG. The two reports are among the most reliable and detailed sources of statistics on doctorates in Germany. Interner Linkmore

Nine Research Units and One Clinical Research Unit

(29.03.21) The DFG is setting up six new Research Units and one new Clinical Research Unit. The DFG Joint Committee decided this on the recommendation of the Senate. The new Research Units will receive total funding of approximately €41 million, including a 22-percent programme allowance for indirect project-related costs. The decision has also been made to extend the funding of five Research Units for a second period. Interner Linkmore

DFG Establishes 13 New Priority Programmes

(29.03.21) The DFG is establishing 13 new Priority Programmes for 2022. This was decided by the DFG Senate at a meeting that was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 13 new consortia were selected from 47 submitted initiatives and will receive a total of approximately €82 million for an initial three years. Interner Linkmore

DFG extends financial aid for funded research projects

(26.03.21) The DFG is extending its financial aid for research projects and researchers affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown. At its virtual spring meeting, the DFG Joint Committee extended its support measures for numerous funding programmes that have been in place since May 2020. Individual measures are being prolonged or newly added. Interner Linkmore

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes 2021 announced

(11.03.21) Four female and six male researchers will receive the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize this year, the top award for early career investigators in Germany. This was the result of a decision made by a selection committee appointed by the DFG and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The prizes are each worth €20,000 and will be presented at a virtual event on 4 May. Interner Linkmore

DFG Sets a New Course for Open Access

(25.01.21) The DFG is increasing its efforts to enable free online access to publications and other research findings and has therefore adopted and implemented further measures. Subsidies towards publication fees are being awarded and have been since autumn 2020, and the establishment and expansion of suitable publication infrastructures is being promoted. Interner Linkmore

DFG New Year’s Address 2021

(11.01.21) For the first time, the DFG and the academic research community in Germany have started the new year off virtually. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional DFG New Year’s reception was held as an online event. Following the New Year’s address by DFG President Professor Dr. Katja Becker, the more than 400 registered guests representing academia, politics and society had the opportunity to meet digitally via an online platform.


 

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