Press Release No. 33 | 13 June 2007
A Better Way to Look Up Research
Relaunch of the DFG Search Engine GEPRIS
How many Research Training Groups are funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) at my university? Who is conducting work involving materials research in Schleswig-Holstein? And what are currently the most important topics in the area of stem cell research? People who are familiar with the DFG search engine "GEPRIS" have a distinct advantage when it comes to answering these questions. GEPRIS has now been modernised and extended, providing many new search functions. It now represents a virtually unique query facility. The target audience includes members of the public, and especially journalists who are interested in scientific matters, as well as scientists and academics.
GEPRIS's queriable database contains more than 50,000 projects, 35,000 people and 16,500 institutions. A new feature is the integration of coordinated funding programmes, such as Collaborative Research Centres, Research Training Groups and Priority Programmes. An extended search function enables, among other things, queries by state and an alphabetical catalogue invites one to browse around. For the first time, the user's individual search history can be saved under the "My GEPRIS" tab. This prevents queries, which can also be downloaded as PDF documents, from getting lost.
"With the new GEPRIS, we hope to make the DFG's funding activities and the projects funded even more transparent for a broad public and for science," said Jürgen Güdler, Head of Information Management at the DFG Head Office. GEPRIS has been available online since 1999. Thanks to the relaunch, the DFG search engine is now barrier-free too. It is planned in the near future to include data on the Excellence Initiative and final reports from DFG-funded projects, according to Holger Hahnen, Project Manager of the GEPRIS relaunch. An English version of GEPRIS - under the name "German Project Information System" - is being prepared.
GEPRIS can be found at:
Further details on GEPRIS are available from:
- Dr. Jürgen Güdler, Information Management Division, Tel. +49 228 885-2649, E-mail: Juergen.Guedler@dfg.de
Project Manager of the GEPRIS relaunch:
- Holger Hahnen, Information Management Division, Tel. +49 228 885-2136, E-mail: Link auf E-MailHolger.Hahnen@dfg.de