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  1. 1. The German Excellence InitiativeDestination Europe Conference / Matthias KleinerCambridge, Massachusetts, January 20, 2012
  2. 2. The DFGGermany’s largest research funding organisationThe DFG► serves all branches of science and the humanities by funding research projects and facilitating cooperation among researchers► supports the education and advancement of young scientific researchers► promotes equality between men and women► advises parliaments and public authorities on scientific matters► fosters relations between research and the private sector and between scientists and academics at home and abroadDestination Europe Conference / Matthias KleinerCambridge, Massachusetts, January 20, 2012
  3. 3. The German Excellence InitiativeThe Excellence Initiative► promotes top-level research in Germany► was launched in 2005 (total budget: € 1.9 million)► received renewal approval in 2009 (Second Phase from 2012 – 2017; total budget: € 2.7 million)► is coordinated by the DFG and the German Council of Science and Humanities► is financed jointly by the German federal government (75%) and the states (25%)Destination Europe Conference / Matthias KleinerCambridge, Massachusetts, January 20, 2012
  4. 4. The German Excellence InitiativeThe Excellence Initiative aims to► strengthen German universities and departments► enhance Germany’s attraction as a research location► Increase Germany’s international competitiveness and visibility in all fields of science and the humanities► Establish centres of excellence and raise the overall quality of German universitiesThree funding lines► 39 Graduate Schools (Highest level research training)► 37 Clusters of Excellence (Centres of excellence in research)► 9 Institutional Strategies (Increase international competitive ability of the entire university)Destination Europe Conference / Matthias KleinerCambridge, Massachusetts, January 20, 2012
  5. 5. Impacts of the Excellence Initiative (First Phase)Approx. 4,000 new positions were created► EXC and GSC:~ 2,200 doctoral positions~ 660 positions for postdocs~ 70 junior professorships~ 110 senior professorships► Institutional Strategies:~ 850 positions for early career researchers (doctoral level to group leader)~ 145 junior & senior professorships[February 2009] Destination Europe Conference / Matthias Kleiner Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 20, 2012
  6. 6. Evaluation and Decision-Making Process 2 Three Funding Lines: GSC, EXC, IS GSC Submission of Full Proposals IS ESC Initial & Renewal Proposals Sept. 1st, 2011 37 Panels Evaluation Groups 1stand 2nd Line 16 Site Visits Evaluation 63 GSC & 64 EXC 3 rd Line: Institutional Strategies Nov. 11 – March 12 Expert Commission Preparation of the Selection Strategic Commission Joint Commission Recommendations for all 3 Funding Lines Excellence Initiative Grant Committee Decision Announcement of the Decision, June 15, 2012DFG
  7. 7. Further Excellence Initiatives in Europe and Israel The Center of Excellence (CoE) program Denmark Investissements d´Avenir France Excelencia Internacional / CEI Spain Israeli Centers of Research Excellence (I-CORE) IsraelDestination Europe Conference / Matthias KleinerCambridge, Massachusetts, January 20, 2012
  8. 8. What are the DFG’s objectives in funding top young talent?The DFG’s promotion of young researchers aims to ensure that outstanding scientists► From all scientific disciplines are supported► From Germany are retained and that those from abroad are attracted► Have the freedom they require to perform excellent research► Are supported by first-class research environments► Are equipped with the necessary resources for their projectsDestination Europe Conference / Matthias KleinerCambridge, Massachusetts, January 20, 2012
  9. 9. What are the DFG’s objectives in funding top young talent? To offer researchers appropriate funding options at each career stage Achievement of Preparation for ProfessorshipStudies Doctorate Postdoc Period eligibility for scientific mgmt or other scientific tenure position mgmt position Emmy Noether Heisenberg Programme professorship Heisenberg fellowship Research Research Research Research Training fellowship fellowship fellowship Group fellowship (abroad) (abroad) (abroad)Research in a Temp. principal Temp. principal Temp. principal Research TrainingResearch Training investigator investigator investigator Group positionGroup position (Germany) position (Germany) position (Germany)Student assistant Position in Position in Position in Position inin DFG project DFG project DFG project DFG project DFG project Destination Europe Conference / Matthias Kleiner Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 20, 2012
  10. 10. For more information► on the initiative’s projects: www.excellence-initiative.com► on the DFG: www.dfg.de► on DFG-funded projects: www.dfg.de/gepris/► on over 17,000 German research institutes: www.dfg.de/rexDestination Europe Conference / Matthias KleinerCambridge, Massachusetts, January 20, 2012
  11. 11. The German Excellence Initiative Clusters of Excellence – 4 Examples Bonn U: Mathematics: Foundations, Models, Applications ► series of thematic priorities, multidisciplinarity ► cooperation of international visiting professors with colleagues in Bonn e.g.: G. Faltings (Fields-Medal), R. Selten (Nobel prize economics)Aachen TH: Integrative Production Dresden TU: From Cells toTechnology for High-Wage Countries Tissues to Therapies► researching the conditions for the ► research on human stemsuccessful production in high-wage Bonn U cells for controlled Dresden TUcountries Aachen TH regeneration► building on the existing technology ► develop new therapies inroadmap, incorporating business and the fight againstindustry cases with partner companies Alzheimer’s, Diabetes and Konstanz U Parkinson’s Konstanz U: Cultural Foundations of Social Integration ► social integration and disintegration on all social strata ► the cluster offers scholarly exchange on a cross-disciplinary basis Destination Europe Conference / Matthias Kleiner Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 20, 2012

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