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Press Release No. 1 | 19 January 2010
DFG Relaunches www.dfg.de

Redesigned Website Offers Research Funding Information in New Corporate Design

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has unveiled its new updated website. At www.dfg.de, journalists and members of the general public interested in science and research will find new content and a number of new functions. The newly established DFG Magazine provides information on DFG-funded research and research policy. In addition, the revised website now offers direct access to funding information, which will especially benefit applicants and research institutions. Speaking in regard to the presentation of the new website at the DFG's New Year's reception in Berlin, DFG President Professor Matthias Kleiner said: "The website offers a more streamlined structure that is aligned with our target and reference groups and features the new corporate design of the DFG."

The website, www.dfg.de, is divided into four main sections. The press page and service offerings have been considerably expanded. Below is a summary of the individual sections:

  • The "Funding" section is at the heart of the site. Here, users will find concise information on all aspects of funding as well as direct access to the electronic proposal submission system "elan".

  • The "Funded Projects" section provides an overview of everything that the DFG makes possible through its funding. This includes the research instruments for funded projects and institutions, "GEPRIS" and "Research Explorer."

  • The "DFG in Profile" section presents the structure, mission and history of the DFG. Here, users will find organisational charts of the DFG as well as contact information. In addition, this section offers statistics and studies on research funding.

  • "DFG Magazine" is topic oriented. Headings here include "Research Careers", "International Focus" and "Research Policy".

"With simplified navigation and updated technology, the revised website includes both established content as well as content that has been further developed with our most important stakeholders in mind. In addition, with the new Magazine section, we have introduced a new priority area that we will continue to expand," said Markus Jagsch, head of the relaunch project.

The English homepage is also more clearly focussed on international target audiences than in the past and places emphasis on corresponding topics and information.

The new website was developed by a project team together with staff from all areas of the DFG Head Office using a recently introduced web content management system. Partner for design and technical questions is Babiel GmbH, based at Düsseldorf.

Further Information

The DFG’s new website is available at

The Internet Relaunch project is directed by Markus Jagsch. A list of all persons involved in the project can be found at:

For technical- and content-related questions, contact the DFG webmaster at