Presentation on theme: "Dr. Alice Rajewsky Programme Director International Cooperation Central and Eastern Europe; CIS The DFG’s Portfolio for Funding Cooperation with Central."— Presentation transcript:
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
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.
Our goals Internationality Promotion of Young Researchers Interdisciplinarity Illustration unter Verwendung von:
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
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
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
A Focus on Promoting Young Researchers Illustration unter Verwendung von: Internationality Excellency Early Independence DFG
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)
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
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
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
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?
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
Thank you for your Attention! Further Information at Dr. Alice Rajewsky Programme Director International Cooperation Central and Eastern Europe; CIS Tel.: