Funding instrument in focus

50 years of Collaborative Research Centres

DFG Collaborative Research Centres have been promoting focal research topics at German universities for 50 years. The Funding Atlas 2018 takes a closer look at this instrument, its history and its successes

Funding Atlas 2018

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50 years ago, the DFG launched Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) as a funding instrument. Ever since this programme was first introduced, the German Council of Science and Humanities has regularly testified to the fact that it represents a recognised standard. Today, CRCs are among the most important and prominent types of research groups in the German research landscape. They create highly effective groups of university-based researchers, provide impetus for intensifying scientific cooperation, and promote the establishment of core research areas at universities.

See for yourself in which locations CRCs have successfully strengthened different scientific disciplines and how they have positive structural effects through regional and nationwide collaborative relationships.

Figure 3-4: 50 years of Collaborative Research Centres: number of groups by applicant university and scientific discipline (png)

Figure 3-5: Participations by research institutions in Collaborative Research Centres and CRC/Transregio and resulting collaborative relationships 2014 to 2016 (png)

Figure 5-5: Countries of origin of researchers participating in Graduate Schools, Research Training Groups, Clusters of Excellence and Collaborative Research Centres 2016 (png)

Figure Web-3: Regional distribution of DFG awards for 2014 to 2016 by funding instrument (png))

Figure Web-5: Recruitment of doctoral researchers to Collaborative Research Centres and Research Training Groups in 2016 by regional origin (png)

Table 2-1: DFG funding instruments: awards for the years 2014 to 2016 (xls)

Table Web-12: DFG awards for 2014 to 2016 per higher education institution by funding instrument (in € million) (xls)

Table Web-13: Current DFG-funded groups and DFG project leaders in 2016 by funding instrument and gender (xls)