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1 Dr. Dietrich Halm Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Bonn / Germany

2 …Who We Are and What We Do  central public funding organization for academic research in Germany  promoting academic excellence on a competitive basis  serving science and the arts in all fields  advisory activities in politics  special focus on supporting junior academics  promoting international research co-operation  fostering links between science and industry

3  the DFG as a non-governmental organisation  science-driven funding  peer review Mission Self-government of science and the humanities  quality: funding decisions based on the highest standards  rewarding scientists and scholars demonstrating excellence Promoting scientific excellence in a competitive setting

4 Structures of German Research Funding Basic funding relations Federal Government Länder Business enterprise sector Project funding Federal Government Business enterprise sector DFG Federal Government Länder Business enterprise sector Based on: Bundesbericht Forschung 2004 Intramural research laboratories Federation of Industrial Cooperative Research Associations DFG HGF MPG FhG WGL Federal institutions performing R&D Länder insti- tuitions per- forming R&D Academies Higher Education Sector

5 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 Co-ordinated 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


7 Funding Programs

8 Example: The Individual Grants  Scope - to carry out a well defined individual research project within a limited time period - open to researchers (holding a PhD) from all disciplines working at German research institutions, especially universities - Applications with two and more partners also possible  Project requirements - clearly defined research project of high scientific quality and originality, carried out at an internationally competitive level  Funding duration - is based on the individual project needs (typically 2 or 3 years, continuations possible) proportion relative to DFG‘s overall volume of approvals : 36,6% (2005)

9 What may be funded?  Cost categories: - personnel (graduate students, postdocs) - scientific equipment - consumables - travel, guests, conferences - new: funding for one’s own position (only for fresh postdocs!) - German share of funds necessary for international cooperation  Funding cannot be provided for: - one’s own salary as PI (except fresh postdocs) - basic equipment in your field of work - general institute utilities (office material, postage & telephone) - buildings, their equipment and rent - upgrades and repair of instruments which are not DFG property Example: The Individual Grants

10 Proposal submission  first proposal: any time, no submission deadlines  prolongations: at least 4 months before approved funds will be exhausted Proposal evaluation  peer review  takes about 6 months from the submission until decision  for individual proposals normally no fixed decision dates Example: The Individual Grants

11 The Way towards the Funding Decision (research grants within the individual grants programme)  consultation before application  formal check of the proposal  selection of reviewers  analysis & evaluation of the reviews  (comparative) evaluation by review board members  recommendation  decision by DFG´s grant committee  notification of the applicant  notification of the reviewers

12 Criteria for the Evaluation of Proposals Project: relevance what is new and rewarding? methods, working programme Applicants: preparatory work and achievements track record publications (qualitatively & quantitatively) Reviewers consider in their evaluation of a proposal Infrastructure: prerequisites (equipment) prerequisites (personnel) collaborations Cost positions: personnel equipment consumables, travel...

13 Applications with Partners from Foreign Countries Application requirements  need to comply with the formal requirements of DFG  a detailed description of the aims and methods of the research project and the costs, differentiated into German and non-German components  parallel submission to the respective funding organizations  before approval by DFG: co-funding for the non-German partner should be secured from sources of the partner country  "green light" from all sides  funding

14 The DFG: Scientific Fields and Funding Instruments Scientific Fields 2005 (in %)* *Data: individual grants, funding for young researchers & coordinated programs (including humanities research centres) individual grants funding for young researchers coordinated programs prizes infrastructure boards & committees international cooperations Funding Instruments 2005 (in Mio €) overall funding: 1,469.5 Mio €

15 International Agreements / Contracts

16 Promoting International Cooperation Preparatory trips and Cooperation stays (max. 3 months)  enable researchers to build up or intensify cooperation Bilateral Symposia / Seminars  can be held in either country  application to be submitted by the German coordinator Illustration taken from:;;; ; Both instruments: Application to be submitted by the German partner „Mobility funding“

17 Our strategic goals Internationality Interdisci- plinarity Promotion of Young Researchers Illustration unter Verwendung von:

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

19 International dimension of DFG programmes researchers from all countries can be employed in DFG projects parts of projects can be performed abroad with foreign partners projects can contribute to international coordinated programmes most research grants include funds for cooperation: travel, invitation of guest scientists, international workshops joint projects based on complementary funding principle (examples) : Individual Grants International Research Training Groups International Collaborative Research Centres (SFB) Mercator-Visiting Professorship all fellowship programmes are open to candidates from abroad international peer review DFG

20 Mercator Visiting Professorships Aims:  To provide a visible accent of quality in the host university's activities  To contribute to the internationalization of Higher Education and research in Germany Features:  Applications related to focal points in the university's scientific profile  Contribution to  Research  Research-related educational activities  Graduate Research Training at the respective university department  Intended stay between 3 and 12 months NOTE: APPLICATIONS TO BE SUBMITTED BY THE GERMAN HOST UNIVERSITY To enable German universities to invite highly qualified scientists and scholars from abroad Illustration taken from: DFG

21 Perspectives: Aims:  increase the project numbers in the co-operation, new flagship projects?  strengthen the institutional co-operation  build up of a network of bilateral structures on an institutional level  promote a more intense collaboration between scientists (information!) Implementation:  joint thematic workshops  joint evaluation of applications  co-funding of projects / programmes  staff exchange

22 The Triad of Internationality Illustration taken from: People wishing to cooperate A Framework facilitating cooperation Programmes encouraging cooperation

23 Illustration taken from:;;

24 Thank you for your attention! Info: Dr. Dietrich Halm Programme Officer International Co-operation Latin-America Kennedyallee 40 53175 Bonn Germany

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