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DFG establishes 12 new collaborative research centers
Date:6/3/2013

This news release is available in German.

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is to establish 12 new Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs). This was decided by the responsible Grants Committee during its spring session in Bonn. The new CRCs will receive a total of 94 million euros for an initial period of three years and nine months. There will also be a 20% programme allowance for indirect project costs.

The new CRCs cover a wide range of topics, including the sociocultural importance of oil, metals, food and other natural resources in ancient cultures and modern society; pathogenic fungi and the infections they cause and the elementary stages of energy conversion in materials. Other CRCs will study the scientific principles for new carbon capture technologies and new approaches to the treatment of tumours.

Three of the 12 new networks are CRC/Transregios, spread across multiple research sites. The Grants Committee also approved the extension of 20 existing CRCs for an additional funding period. As a result, the DFG will be funding a total of 232 Collaborative Research Centres as of October 2013.

In addition to its funding decisions, the Grants Committee also discussed the basic financial framework. In view of the increasing number of funding proposals, particularly for individual grants, the DFG believes it is necessary to strike a balance between its funding programmes without jeopardising the effectiveness of individual programmes and projects. The committee therefore accepted a proposal by chairperson and DFG President Peter Strohschneider, who put forward two financial measures: a moratorium on additional proposals during the course of existing CRCs until the end of 2014 and a three-month reduction in the initial
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Contact: Marco Finetti
marco.finetti@dfg.de
49-228-885-2230
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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