The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) is the central, self-governing research funding organisation that promotes research at universities and other publicly financed research institutions in Germany.
The DFG serves all branches of science and the humanities by funding research projects and facilitating cooperation among researchers.
The DFG promotes research in all fields of science and the humanities. Scientific and academic excellence, the advancement of young researchers, interdisciplinarity and internationality are key elements in the work of the DFG.
Promoting research includes supporting individual projects and research cooperation, awarding prizes for outstanding research achievements as well as funding scientific infrastructure and encouraging contacts in science and research.
The defined responsibilities of the DFG include the cultivation of contacts between German and international scientific communities. In order to advance the essential internationalisation of science and research, the DFG has opened its funding programmes for international collaboration between researchers - an absolute prerequisite for Germany in its role as a pioneering and simultaneously cosmopolitan centre of science and research.
The DFG is the central public funding organisation responsible for promoting research in Germany. Its activities focus on funding research projects carried out by scientists and academics working at universities or research institutes and on selecting the best projects in a process of fair and transparent competition. The work of the DFG serves all branches of science and the humanities to reflect its role as the self-governing organisation of German science and research. Its legal status is that of an association under private law. DFG membership is made up of German universities, non-university research institutions, scientific associations as well as the Academies of Science and Humanities. The DFG receives its funding from the federal (Bund) and state (Länder) authorities, which are represented on all decision-making bodies, whereas scientists and academics hold the majority.
The DFG promotes scientific excellence through competition: Scientists and academics submit proposals in which they present their projects. Peer reviewers, all experts in their respective fields, evaluate the quality of these projects. Their reviews serve as the basis for funding decisions.
The DFG advises parliaments and public authorities on questions relating to science and research. It contributes its scientific expertise to political and social discourse by advising and accompanying the political decision-making processes. Consultations in the DFG's Senate commissions and publication of the results enable the DFG to comment on questions relating to science policy and the responsible use of scientific findings in society. The DFG's guidelines on good scientific practice provide an internationally recognised frame of reference.
In all its programmes, the DFG actively promotes collaboration between researchers in Germany and colleagues abroad. Special importance is given to strengthening European cooperation.
The DFG promotes the advancement and education of young scientists and academics by offering programmes which provide appropriate support throughout their qualification phases: In particular, the DFG encourages the early independence of young scientists and academics. The DFG endeavours to recruit talent from home and abroad to engage in science and research in Germany.
DFG web-site: http://www.dfg.de/
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