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1 Dr. Alice Rajewsky Programme Director International Cooperation Central and Eastern Europe; CIS The DFG’s Portfolio for Funding Cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe National Science Fund Conference Sofia, 29 September 2005

2 The Mandate  Central self-governing organisation for funding research in Germany Serving all fields of science and research Supporting scientific excellence in competition Bottom-up funding policy Peer review  Promoting international cooperation  Promoting young researchers  Advising parliaments and governments on scientific matters  Budget: 1,3 billion € p.a.

3 Our goals Internationality Promotion of Young Researchers Interdisciplinarity Illustration unter Verwendung von:

4 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Programme Heinz Maier-Leibnitz- Programme Communicator Prize Eugen and Ilse Seibold-Prize Albert Maucher-Prize Prizes Mercator- Visiting Professorships Promoting Scientific contacts International Academic Conferences in Germany Travels to Conferences International Co-operation Membership in Inter- national Organizations Bilateral collaboration Project Funding Sabbatical Publication Costs Individual Grants Programme Priority Programmes Research Units Humanities Research Centres Collaborative Research Centres / Transfer Centres DFG-Research Centres Centres of Excellence Coordinated Programmes Research Training Groups (national & international) Programme "Independent Position" Research Fellowships Emmy Noether Programme Heisenberg - Programme Direct Funding of Young Researchers Infrastructure funding DFG Funding Programmes

5 International Dimension of all Programmes All fellowship-programmes  are open to candidates from abroad, as long as they intend to be based in Germany for a longer time All programmes have been opened for international cooperation:  funding for travel costs, research stays, inviting guest scientists  bilateral research projects  integration of research groups abroad

6 Promoting International Cooperation Research Stays (max. 3 months)  enable researchers to build up or intensify cooperation Inviting researchers from CEEC to take part in conferences in Germany Both instruments: Application to be submitted by the German partner Joint research projects (2-3 years)  narrowly-defined research project  funding: personnel, consumables, travel cost  co-funding for the non-German partner should be secured from other sources (national funding organization, EU) Bilateral Symposia  can be held in either country  application to be submitted by the German coordinator Cooperation within Coordinated Programmes Illustration taken from: ;  International Research Training Groups  Collaborative Research Centres  DFG-Research Centres etc.  co-funding needed

7 A Focus on Promoting Young Researchers Illustration unter Verwendung von: Internationality Excellency Early Independence DFG

8 Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs) excellent – innovative – international  thematically focussed research and study programme  faculty, postdocs, PhD students research students, coordinator  established at centres of scientific excellence  selected on a competitive peer-review basis  limited duration (max. 9 years, 2 funding periods)

9 Research Training Groups: Funding  Fellowships/positions for PhD students, B.A. students, and some postdocs Positions advertised world wide Local selection by Research Training Group PhD fellowships 3 years, postdocs 2 years  Means for research students (undergraduates)  Research materials, consumables, and travel funds for students  Workshops, excursions, and a visiting scientist programme  Costs for soft skill seminars  Co-ordination costs

10 Research Training Groups: Figures  272 RTGs in all scientific fields, 41 International RTGs  doctoral students currently funded, 41% female, 28% foreign doctoral students (of these 35% from CEEC = largest group)  ~ 10% of Germans doctoral students complete their doctorate in RTGs  Averaged budget of one RTG: ~ € p.a. Programme budget 68 m € p.a. (6% of DFG´s total budget)  Individual PhD funding: stipend up to €/month or position (applied Maths, Physics, Informatics, Engineering, Chemistry)  Annually ~ 100 new proposals, going up Funding rate: ~ 35%, going down

11 Research Training International Research Training Groups & Illustration taken from: DFG  integration of complementary expertise at centres of excellence  systematic coordination of bilateral research projects / joint supervision  6-12 months mobility period at partner university  complemetary funding needed  allows to profit from cooperation & counteracts brain drain

12 International Research Training Groups with CEEC  Particularly attractive because: many existing long-term scientific cooperations good structural preconditions in PhD-Training based on principle of balance; no brain drain  IRTGs have become the most visible model for scientific cooperation with CEEC  partner organizations have introduced similar programmes / increased budget  many initiatives: Russia: 15, Poland: 13, Hungary: 5, Čech Republic: 5 (to compare: France: 10, NL: 6, India: 3) hopefully soon Bulgaria?

13 Institutional Cooperation Aim: to build a transparent network of bilateral structures on an institutional level, promoting a more intense collaboration of researchers Implementation:  carry out joint thematic workshops  extend existing thematic and structural networks  develop joint procedures and instruments  evaluation  funding  staff exchange European dimension :  prepare for European Research Council  increase attractiveness of European Research Area

14 Thank you for your Attention! Further Information at Dr. Alice Rajewsky Programme Director International Cooperation Central and Eastern Europe; CIS Tel.:


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