The German Science Landscape: An Overview Dr. Andreas Umland DAAD Lecturer National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv Uk...
The German scientific landscape: An overview <ul><li>INTRODUCTION to the current German research system:  </li></ul><ul><l...
The German scientific landscape: An overview   Research organisations German Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgese...
Max Planck Association ( Max-Planck- Gesellschaft) <ul><li>Focuses on fundamental research in biology, neuro and cognitive...
Leibniz -Gemeinschaft <ul><li>The Leibniz Institutes are grouped into five sections. They cover humanities and education, ...
The German scientific landscape: An overview   Leibniz-DAAD-Scholarships - open to highly motivated and qualified graduate...
Helmholtz  Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren <ul><li>Helmholtz has been commissioned with performing long-term rese...
The German scientific landscape: An overview   Helmholtz-University Young Investigators Groups   Helmholtz Young Investiga...
Fraunhofer -Gesellschaft <ul><li>Undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise. Its servi...
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) The DFG is t he central public funding organisation promoting peer reviewed research...
Research Training Groups Graduiertenkollegs <ul><li>thematically focused research and study programmes at universities </l...
Research Units Forschergruppen <ul><li>establish important areas of science at universities </li></ul><ul><li>structure: 5...
Collaborative Research Centres Sonderforschungsbereiche - i nterdisciplinary centres of excellence - establish core resear...
DFG Research Centres DFG-Forschungszentren <ul><li>-  strategic funding instrument  </li></ul><ul><li>-  concentrate scien...
DFG Research Centres DFG-Forschungszentren DFG Research Centre  Regenerative Therapies Dresden Research Centre Ocean Margi...
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (AvH) Promotes German and foreign postdocs, international research cooperation and an acti...
The German scientific landscape: An overview   Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdocs resident outside Germany: to car...
The German scientific landscape: An overview Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdocs resident outside Germany: Research...
Structure of German Research Funding Source: BuFo 2000 <ul><li>Core funding relations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Govern...
Joint Research Funding by the  Federal Government & the  Länder  2004   Federal Govern-ment Länder Overall Public Research...
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    1. 1. The German Science Landscape: An Overview Dr. Andreas Umland DAAD Lecturer National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv Ukraine
    2. 2. The German scientific landscape: An overview <ul><li>INTRODUCTION to the current German research system: </li></ul><ul><li>higher education relatively non-elitist (no “German Harvard”) </li></ul><ul><li>division of the academic system between higher education (colleges of applied sciences, specialized & classical universities), on the one side, and research institutes, on the other </li></ul><ul><li>large scale of both basic and applied research in German non-university research institutes & centers (some similarities with post-Soviet or Chinese Academies of Sciences) </li></ul><ul><li>one explanation for the relatively low ranks of German universities in international universities rankings (heavily based on the quantity and quality of research output) </li></ul>
    3. 3. The German scientific landscape: An overview Research organisations German Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft DFG) Max Planck Society (Max-Planck Gesellschaft MPG) Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres (Helmholtz Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren HGF) Fraunhofer Association (FhG) Leibniz Association (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz WGL)
    4. 4. Max Planck Association ( Max-Planck- Gesellschaft) <ul><li>Focuses on fundamental research in biology, neuro and cognitive sciences, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, computer science, social sciences and humanities </li></ul><ul><li>Budget in 2006: </li></ul><ul><li>€ 1,38 billion </li></ul><ul><li>78 research centers </li></ul><ul><li>12,400 staff </li></ul> www.mpg.de Quellen: www.mpg.de , www.bmbf.de
    5. 5. Leibniz -Gemeinschaft <ul><li>The Leibniz Institutes are grouped into five sections. They cover humanities and education, economic and social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and environmental research </li></ul><ul><li>www.wgl.de </li></ul><ul><li>Budget 2003: </li></ul><ul><li>€ 0,95 billion </li></ul><ul><li>80 institutes </li></ul><ul><li>12,500 staff </li></ul> www . leibniz-gemeinschaft . de Quellen: www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de, www.bmbf.de
    6. 6. The German scientific landscape: An overview Leibniz-DAAD-Scholarships - open to highly motivated and qualified graduates, Ph.D. students and Postdocs aiming to carry out research at one of the participating Leibniz Institutes. Candidates should be aware of the research profile of possible host institutes. - for a period from 12 to 36 months - possible to gain a doctorate in Germany Applications to the relevant diplomatic missions of the Federal Republic of Germany or to the DAAD regional offices. Deadline: 15 January
    7. 7. Helmholtz Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren <ul><li>Helmholtz has been commissioned with performing long-term research goals that contribute substantially to answering the grand challenges of science, society and industry. The 15 Helmholtz research centres perform research in six core fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Structure of Matter and Transport and Space </li></ul><ul><li>Example of Helmholtz Research Centres: Forschungszentrum Jülich ( Research Centre Jülich), with more than 4200 staff; 1100 scientists, 400 doctoral candidates, 150 Diplom candidates and 350 trainees </li></ul><ul><li>15 Institutes </li></ul><ul><li>24000 Staff </li></ul><ul><li>2,4 B€ Budget 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Helmholtz scientists seek to combine theoretical basic research with innovative applied perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>www.helmholtz.de </li></ul> www .helmholtz.de Quellen: www.helmholtz.de, www.bmbf.de
    8. 8. The German scientific landscape: An overview Helmholtz-University Young Investigators Groups Helmholtz Young Investigators Groups Helmholtz-DAAD Fellowships for Doctoral and PostDoc Students (Deadline 15 December): for highly-qualified foreign doctoral and postdoctoral students Helmholtz-DAAD Fellowships for Doctoral Students Fellowship Goal: Doctorate in Germany Funding Term: 36 months Monthly Instalment: Min. 975 euros Possible Additional Payments: e.g. travel expenses subsidy, health insurance, family allowances
    9. 9. Fraunhofer -Gesellschaft <ul><li>Undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration </li></ul><ul><li>Roughly two thirds of the Fraunhofer revenue is derived from contracts with industry and publicly-financed research projects </li></ul><ul><li>58 Institutes </li></ul><ul><li>12500 Staff </li></ul><ul><li>1,0 B€ Budget 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>www.fraunhofer.de </li></ul> www .fraunhofer .de Quellen: www.fraunhofer.de, www.bmbf.de
    10. 10. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) The DFG is t he central public funding organisation promoting peer reviewed research projects carried out by scientists and academics at universities or research institutes. It supports the advancement and education of young researchers. 1,34 B€ Budget 2003 www.dfg.de Quelle: www.dfg.de
    11. 11. Research Training Groups Graduiertenkollegs <ul><li>thematically focused research and study programmes at universities </li></ul><ul><li>5 - 12 faculty, 1 - 2 postdocs, coordinator, </li></ul><ul><li>12 - 24 PhD students, 3 - 4 research students </li></ul><ul><li>established at centres of scientific excellence </li></ul><ul><li>selected on a competitive peer-review basis </li></ul><ul><li>limited duration (max. 9 years, 2 funding periods) </li></ul>Proportion of DFG budget: 6%
    12. 12. Research Units Forschergruppen <ul><li>establish important areas of science at universities </li></ul><ul><li>structure: 5 – 8 individual projects </li></ul><ul><li>coordinated, interdisciplinary, regional or distributed </li></ul><ul><li>funding period: 3+3(+2) = 6 to 8 years </li></ul>Proportion of DFG budget: 6%
    13. 13. Collaborative Research Centres Sonderforschungsbereiche - i nterdisciplinary centres of excellence - establish core research areas and promote capacity building - central thematic focus - based at one location (alternatively: Transregional Collaborative Research Centres up to 3 locations) - scope: 10 – 20 projects - duration: up to 12 years (3 x 4 years) Proportion of DFG budget: 30%
    14. 14. DFG Research Centres DFG-Forschungszentren <ul><li>- strategic funding instrument </li></ul><ul><li>- concentrate scientific research competence in particularly innovative fields </li></ul><ul><li>- create internationally visible and highly competitive research priorities at research universities </li></ul><ul><li>- concentrate expertise and resources on the basis of existing structures </li></ul><ul><li>- assist universities in setting priorities and concentrating on topics of great scientific potential </li></ul>
    15. 15. DFG Research Centres DFG-Forschungszentren DFG Research Centre Regenerative Therapies Dresden Research Centre Ocean Margins Bremen Centre for Functional Nanostructures Karlsruhe DFG Research Centre Molecular Physiology of the Brain Göttingen Mathematics for Key Technologies Berlin Centre for Experimental Biomedicine Würzburg
    16. 16. Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (AvH) Promotes German and foreign postdocs, international research cooperation and an active world-wide network of scholars AvH grants Research Fellowships, Research Awards and Return Fellowships to highly qualified scientists and scholars from all countries and disciplines Since 1953 , AvH has sponsored more than 20,000 scientists and scholars from over 130 countries www.avh.de Quelle: www.avh.de
    17. 17. The German scientific landscape: An overview Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdocs resident outside Germany: to carry out research projects of their own choice in Germany for research stays of at least 6 and at most 12 months (extension of up to 24 months possible) for researchers of all nationalities and disciplines application at any time no quotas for individual countries and disciplines up to 600 fellowships per year
    18. 18. The German scientific landscape: An overview Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdocs resident outside Germany: Researcher needs to identify academic host in Germany, and agree d etails of research projects and schedules prior to submission of applications (including research plan) Languages: English in Natural and Medical Sciences and Engineering, German in Humanities and Social Sciences Funding between €2,100 and €3,000 per month Additional costs that may be covered include: Contribution to health insurance, travel expenses, German language course, allowances for spouses and children, conferences and travel allowances
    19. 19. Structure of German Research Funding Source: BuFo 2000 <ul><li>Core funding relations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Länder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business enterprise sector </li></ul></ul>Intramural research laboratories Federation of Industrial Cooperative Research Associations DFG HGF MPG FhG WGL Federal institutions performing R&D Länder insti- tutions per- forming R&D Academies Higher Education Sector <ul><li>Project funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business enterprise sector </li></ul></ul>DFG Federal Government Länder Business enterprise sector
    20. 20. Joint Research Funding by the Federal Government & the Länder 2004 Federal Govern-ment Länder Overall Public Research Budget (in Mio €) Core Funding by Institutions (in Mio €) Based on: http://www.blk-bonn.de/gemeinsame_zuwendung.htm MPG DFG &quot;Akademien-programm&quot; HGF FhG WGL German Academy Leopoldina Institute for Advanced Study Berlin Basic Res. Applied Res. Basic Res. & Appl. R.                                                  
    21. 21. The German scientific landscape: An overview Thank you very much for your attention!

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