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1 Funding for Research in Germany An Introduction to Structures, Programs and International Collaboration Max Voegler (DFG North America Office, Washington, DC)

2 The German Research Landscape DFG Profile Funding Programs International Cooperation The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11, Content

3 The German Research Landscape DFG Profile Funding Programs International Cooperation The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11, Content

4 The German Research Landscape Alliance of German Science Organizations OrganizationBudgetMissionLogo Alexander von Humboldt Foundation mill. (= mill. $) promote academic cooperation globally AvH Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft 1.9 bill. (=2.2 bill. $) applied researchFhG German Academic Exchange Service 397 mill. (= 507 mill. $) support international exchange DAAD German Research Foundation 2.64 bill. (= 3.38 bill. $) fund excellent researchDFG Helmholtz Association 2.9 bill. (=3.7 bill. $) research with large scale equipment HGF Leibniz Association 1.3 bill. (=1.6 bill. $) research, service museums WGL Leopoldina 6.5 mill. (= 8.03 mill. $) nat. academy of sciencesLeopoldina Max Planck Society 1.5 bill. (1.9 bill. $) "makers of nobel-prize winners" MPG 4 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11, 2013

5 The German Research Landscape Alliance of German Science Organizations OrganizationBudgetMissionLogo Alexander von Humboldt Foundation mill. (= mill. $) promote academic cooperation globally AvH Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft 1.9 bill. (=2.2 bill. $) applied researchFhG German Academic Exchange Service 397 mill. (= 507 mill. $) support international exchange DAAD German Research Foundation 2.64 bill. (= 3.38 bill. $) fund excellent researchDFG Helmholtz Association 2.9 bill. (=3.7 bill. $) research with large scale equipment HGF Leibniz Association 1.3 bill. (=1.6 bill. $) research, service museums WGL Leopoldina 6.5 mill. (= 8.03 mill. $) nat. academy of sciencesLeopoldina Max Planck Society 1.5 bill. (1.9 bill. $) "makers of nobel-prize winners" MPG 5 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11, 2013

6 The German Research Landscape Alliance of German Science Organizations OrganizationBudgetMissionLogo Alexander von Humboldt Foundation mill. (= mill. $) promote academic cooperation globally AvH Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft 1.9 bill. (=2.2 bill. $) applied researchFhG German Academic Exchange Service 397 mill. (= 507 mill. $) support international exchange DAAD German Research Foundation 2.64 bill. (= 3.38 bill. $) fund excellent researchDFG Helmholtz Association 2.9 bill. (=3.7 bill. $) research with large scale equipment HGF Leibniz Association 1.3 bill. (=1.6 bill. $) research, service museums WGL Leopoldina 6.5 mill. (= 8.03 mill. $) nat. academy of sciencesLeopoldina Max Planck Society 1.5 bill. (1.9 bill. $) "makers of nobel-prize winners" MPG 6 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11, 2013

7 The German Research Landscape Source: Federal Report on Research and Innovation

8 The German Research Landscape DFG Profile Funding Programs International Cooperation The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11, Content

9 DFG Profile The DFG Serves all branches of science and the humanities with an annual budget of 2.7 bil. fosters scientific excellence through competition supports international cooperation in research advises political and social decision- makers supports the transfer of knowledge between science and industry The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11, Our Mission Statement Funding in 2011, by scientific discipline

10 DFG Funding Portfolio Funding Programs Infrastructure International Scientific Contacts Coordinated Programs Individual Grants Program Research Fellowships Emmy Noether-Program Heisenberg-Program Reinhard Koselleck-Projects Research Units Priority Programs Collaborative Research Centres Clusters of Excellence International Research Training Groups Prizes Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize Communicator Award Promoting Young Researchers The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11,

11 The German Research Landscape DFG Profile Funding Programs International Cooperation The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11, Content

12 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Career Stages in Germany Tenure track not the traditional career model Professorship or Scientific Mgmt. Position Achievement of eligibility for tenure Postdoc PeriodDoctorate Washington, DC, April 11,

13 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Career Stages in Germany At which point are you eligible for submitting a DFG proposal? Professorship or Scientific Mgmt. Position Achievement of eligibility for tenure Postdoc PeriodDoctorate Washington, DC, April 11, Eligible to apply

14 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Career Stages in Germany Where can I find DFG-funded positions in projects? Professorship or Scientific Mgmt. Position Achievement of eligibility for tenure Postdoc PeriodDoctorate Washington, DC, April 11, Eligible to apply

15 Where Can I Find relevant projects and institutions for my field? Research Explorer (interactive map of German research landscape) GEPRIS (online database on current DFG- funded projects)

16 Where Can I Find relevant projects and institutions for my field? A sample of currently funded multiple-PI projects: KFO 216 (Würzburg): Characterisation of the Oncogenic Signalling Network in Multiple Myeloma: Development of Targeted Therapies. Funding start 2009.Characterisation of the Oncogenic Signalling Network in Multiple Myeloma: Development of Targeted Therapies KFO 286 (Cologne): Exploiting defects in the DNA damage response for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Funding start 2012.Exploiting defects in the DNA damage response for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia SFB 1074 (Ulm): Experimental Models and Clinical Translation in Leukemia. Funding start 2012.Experimental Models and Clinical Translation in Leukemia

17 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler The DFG Funding Chain Postdoc Stage Preparation for scientific mgmt. position Achievement of eligibility for tenure Postdoc PeriodDoctorate Washington, DC, April 11, Studies Professorship or scientific mgmt. position Eligible to apply

18 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Postdoctoral Fellowships and Positions Postdoc Fellowships and Positions DFG: Temporary PI Position Humboldt Research Fellowship DAAD Fellowships Others... Volkswagen Foundation: Freigeist Fellowship Helmholtz Postdoc Program EU Commission: Incoming Fellowship Washington, DC, April 11,

19 DFG – Temporary PI Position DAAD – Fellowships (with AICGS, Leo Baeck, Roche Diagnostics, DLR, and Leibniz) Helmholtz Postdoc Program AvH – Humboldt Research Fellowship EU Commission – Incoming Fellowship VW Foundation- Freigeist Fellowship Application Requiments PhDDepends on program < 1 year since PhD < 4 years since PhD PhD or > 4 years research experience < 5 yrs. since PhD DeadlinesanytimeDepends on program 1 call per year in the spring through the Helmhotz Centres anytimeAugust 14, 2013June 15, 2013 Number348Depends on program Duration (yrs.)3Depends on program 2-36 months to 2 years 1-2< 5 LinkWith AICGS, Leo Baeck, Roche Diagnostics, DLR, and LeibnizAICGSLeo BaeckRoche DiagnosticsDLR Leibniz Link Postdoc Fellowships and Positions The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11,

20 Temporary Position as Primary Investigator Select your own research environment Who?Postdocs Where? At a German research institute (host becomes employer) How long? Max. 3 years How much?Salaried position (approx. $ p.a.) Funding for consumables personnel travel costs etc. How to apply?To the DFG The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler You need a host institution and a good project idea Washington, DC, April 11,

21 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler The DFG Funding Chain Appropriate funding options at each career stage Preparation for scientific mgmt. position Achievement of eligibility for tenure Postdoc PeriodDoctorate Washington, DC, April 11, Studies Professorship or scientific mgmt. position Eligible to apply

22 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Junior Group Leader Positons Junior Research Group Programs DFG: Emmy Noether Fraunhofer Attract Helmholtz: Junior Research Group Volkswagen Foundation Lichtenberg Professorship Max Planck Society MPG Research Group EU Commission: ERC Starting Grant AvH: Sofia Kovalevskaja- Award Washington, DC, April 11,

23 DFG – Emmy Noether Program MPG-Research Group Helmholtz- Young Investigators Group Fraunhofer Attract ERC Starting Grant AvH – Sofia Kovalevskaja- Award VW Foundation- Lichtenberg- Professorship Application Requiments 2-4 yrs. since PhD; prior research experience in 2 countries 2-6 yrs. since PhD 2-7 yrs. since PhD; (7-12 yrs for consolidators) < 6 yrs. since PhD; < 4 yrs. since PhD for assistant prof. (W1); < 7 yrs. for associate prof. (W2) DeadlinesanytimeCall for proposals in autumn and by MPI when available 3-step procedure, call at the beginning of each year 2 calls per year1 call per yearEvery 2 years – Deadline of next call: July 31, 2013 Deadline of next call: June 1, 2014 NumberCa /aCa. 100 running15-20/aca. 30 running80 (2012)8 per callMax. 10/a (in the last four yrs ~3 each year) Duration (yrs.) 55 (+ extension)5555Up to 8 (decreasing) Link Programs for Junior Research Group Leaders The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11,

24 Emmy Noether Program Fast track to a professorship Who?very well qualified Postdocs (2-4 yrs. after PhD), at least 1 yr. research abroad Where? At a German research institute (host becomes employer) How long? 5 years How much?Salaried position (approx. $ p.a.), Funding for consumables, personnel, travel costs etc. How to apply?To the DFG The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler You need a very good track record, international experience in more than one country and an excellent project idea Washington, DC, April 11,

25 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler The DFG Funding Chain Appropriate funding options at each career stage Preparation for scientific mgmt. position Achievement of eligibility for tenure Postdoc PeriodDoctorate Washington, DC, April 11, Studies Professorship or scientific mgmt. position Eligible to apply

26 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Fellowships and Professorships for Experienced Researchers DFG: Heisenberg Program Fraunhofer: Fellowship Program PROF.x2 Helmholtz: International Fellow Award DAAD: Visiting Professorship Program Volkswagen Foundation: Lichtenberg Professorship Max Planck Fellows ERCIM Fellowship AvH: Humboldt Research Fellow/Award Washington, DC, April 11,

27 DFG – Heisenberg Fellowship AvH – Humboldt Research Fellow Max Planck Fellow Fraunhofer - Fellowship Program PROF.x2 Helmholtz: International Fellow Award ERCIM Fellowship Application Requiments Habilitation or equivalent < 12 years since PhD ProfessorPhD and > 3 years experience Outstanding senior scientists and research managers < 8 years since PhD Deadlinesanytime Applications submitted by Fraunhofer Institutes Application submitted by member institutions at any time April 30, 2013 Number47< 15 per year Duration (yrs.)< months< 56 months to 1 year 1 Link Fellowships for Experienced Researchers Assistant to Associate Prof. Level The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11,

28 DFG – Heisenberg Professorship AvH – Humboldt Research Award AvH – Alexander von Humboldt- Professorship DAAD – Visiting Professorship Program VW Foundation- Lichtenberg- Professorship Application Requiments Habilitation or equivalent; university must agree to continue funding the position after DFG funding expires Full professors, directors of institutes, or similarly established researchers; Nomination through established academics in Germany required World leader in field. Nominations may be made by German universities; non- university research institutions may also submit nominations jointly with a German university. 2-6 yrs. since PhD< 4 yrs. since PhD for assistant prof. (W1); < 7 yrs. for associate prof. (W2) Deadlinesanytime 15 April and 15 October 3-step procedure, call at the beginning of each year Deadline of next call: June 1, 2014 Number /aMax. 10/a (in the last four yrs ~3 each year) Duration (yrs.)< months55Up to 8 (decreasing) Link Funding and Prof. Opportunities for Experienced Researchers Associate and Full Professor Level The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11,

29 The German Research Landscape DFG Profile Funding Programs International Cooperation The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11, Content

30 How Does the DFG Fund International Cooperation? All DFG funding programs generally allow the integration of international components as e.g. travel allowance, exchange of students/scientists, guest researchers. Special programs are: Funding for the initiation of international cooperation Joint calls for proposals with partner organizations International Research Training Groups The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11, In all Funding Programs and by Special Mechanisms Mercator Fellows available as module in most programs

31 How Does the DFG Fund International Cooperation? Mercator Fellows are supposed to Strengthen research (and teaching) in Germany Contribute to the objective of the research project Support early-career scientists This module is available within the Individual Research Grant Program and for coordinated programs. Researchers can apply (through the German host institution) for funding for a research stay of 3 to 12 months (may be divided into 3-month blocks). The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Modul: Mercator Fellows Washington, DC, April 11,

32 Objective To support the initiation of international collaboration with the modules Bilateral Workshops, Trips Abroad and Guest Visits Type and Extent of Funding The modules can be combined Trips abroad of up to three months or research stays at partner institutions. Researchers from doctoral candidates to professors may take advantage of these; Joint workshops. Funding is available for a maximum of 1 year. The program relies on matching funds. The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11, 2013 How Does the DFG Fund International Cooperation? Program: Initiation of International Cooperation 32

33 How Does the DFG Fund International Cooperation? IRTGs provide Funding for international research training at centers of scientific excellence Structured doctoral program Joint supervision and exchange program for doctoral students Faculty members at German universities and their counterparts abroad apply jointly. The foreign partners are expected to acquire complementary funding from their respective source(s). The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler Washington, DC, April 11, International Research Training Groups (IRTG)

34 Offices North America Contact Information DFG Office North America DC 1776 I Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20006, USA Tel Fax: Closest Metro Stations: Farragut West (Blue/Orange Line), Farragut North (Red Line) Dr. Max Voegler, Director Washington Office American Friends of AvH th Street, NW, Suite 603 Washington, DC Tel Closest Metro Stations: Farragut West (Blue/Orange Line), Farragut North (Red Line) Margot Pfefferle, Program Coordinator, Communications and Outreach

35 Thank you very much for your attention! Further Information On DFG: On all funded projects: On more than 17,000 German research institutions: Washington, DC, April 11, 2013 The DFG and Other Research Funding Programs/ Dr. Max Vögler 35

36 Key Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Funding Programs At a Glance Origin Career stages Academics from abroadAcademics from Germany Graduates (up to 12 years after completion of bachelors) German Chancellor Fellowship (for citizens of the US, Russia, and China) Postdoctoral researchers (up to 4 years after completion of doctorate) Humboldt Research FellowshipFeodor Lynen Research Fellowship Junior research group leaders (up to 6 years after completion of doctorate) Sofja Kovalevskaja Award Experienced researchers (up to 12 years after completion of doctorate) Humboldt Research FellowshipFeodor Lynen Research Fellowship (up to 18 years after completion of doctorate)Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award Internationally renowned academicsHumboldt Research Award Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

37 Key German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Funding Programs Origin Career stages Academics from abroadAcademics from Germany StudentsGroup study visit RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) Rise worldwide GraduatesRISE professionalRise worldwide Postdoctoral researchersResearch Grant FacultyVisiting ProfessorshipShort-term lectureship Experienced researcherResearch Visit

38 Key German Research Foundation (DFG) Funding Programs At a Glance Origin Career stages Academics from abroadAcademics from Germany Graduates Postdoctoral researchers (up to 4 years after completion of doctorate) Coordinated Programs Research Units Priority Programs Collaborative Research Centers Clusters of Excellence International Research Training Group Temporary Position for PI Coordinated Programs Research Units Priority Programs Collaborative Research Centers Clusters of Excellence International Research Training Group Temporary Position for PI Junior research group leaders (up to 4 years after completion of doctorate) Emmy Noether Program Experienced researchers (up to ? years after completion of doctorate) Heisenberg Program (up to ? years after completion of doctorate)Mercator Fellow Internationally renowned academicsGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize Communicator Award Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize Communicator Award


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