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II. Quarter 2020

Global Research Council shows COVID-19 activities of its members

(09.04.20) The Global Research Council (GRC) represents the majority of publicly funded research and research funding organisations worldwide who are not directly supported by governments. The GRC website shows the COVID-19 activities of its members including the activities of the DFG. Externer LinkTo the website

Second ad-hoc-statement by German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

(03.04.20) Today, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina presented a second ad-hoc-statement with further proposals on how to deal with the challenges and measures to counter the coronavirus pandemic. Externer LinkView statements


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

Extended deadline for DFG calls

(25.03.20) In view of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on research activities, the DFG has extended the submission deadline for several of its current calls for proposals and programmes. Further deadline extensions will be introduced if necessary. Researchers can find regular updates under the information on the relevant call and under the respective programmes. Interner Linkmore

Meetings of Senate and Joint Committee

(23.03.20) The meetings of the DFG's Senate and Joint Committee, originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week in Bonn, cannot be held in the usual form; decisions will be taken using the written process and on a staggered basis. Information on new Priority Programmes, Research Units and other agenda items will be issued at correspondingly later dates. Interner Linkmore

Ad-hoc-statement by German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

(21.03.20) The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has convened an ad-hoc working group of researchers in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This working group today issued a statement concerned primarily with the healthcare system challenges and intervention options. Externer LinkView statement

Letter to Fellowship Recipients and Fellows

(20.03.20) In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the DFG has published a letter on financial measures and arrangements for fellowship recipients and those employed as fellows in DFG programmes.
Link auf PDF-DateiView letter

Award Ceremony for the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes

(20.03.20) The award ceremony for the 2020 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes, originally scheduled for 5 May in Berlin, is to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Interner Linkmore

DFG Launches Call for Proposals on Epidemics and Pandemics

(19.03.20) The DFG has launched a call for multidisciplinary research into epidemics and pandemics. Funding will be available for research topics ranging from basic medical and biological aspects and psychological and social factors to economic impact. Proposals can be submitted up to 1 September. Interner Linkmore

Letter to Funding Recipients

(18.03.20) In a letter to funding recipients, the DFG has circulated some initial information on the continuation of project work and funding programmes in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. DFG staff are also working hard to identify other options to absorb the additional time pressures and financial impacts on funded projects. The DFG will notify you as soon as these measures can be implemented. The letter can be viewed Link auf PDF-Dateihere.

DFG staff is now working from home

(18.03.20) As an additional precautionary measure in view of the rapid spread of the coronavirus, most members of staff at the DFG Head Office in Bonn, the Berlin office and international DFG offices will be working from home with immediate effect, at least until 19 April. The best way to contact them is by e-mail. All team members are working hard to keep funding activities functioning as normally as possible. However, should there be any delays, we would ask for your patience. 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.