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DFG projects

Succeeding in a highly competitive environment

The amount of third-party funding which a university attracts is a key indicator of its performance. Funding provided by the DFG (German Research Foundation) is especially significant, as it is awarded on the basis of particularly strict criteria. Accordingly, the percentage of applications which are successful is relatively low – from 2016 to 2018 the national percentage of applications granted by the DFG in all disciplines was between 33.2 and 41.1 percent. When it comes to DFG funding, FAU has been ranked among the top ten best universities in Germany for many years. For 2019, FAU has been granted 81.4 million euros of DFG funding.

On the following pages you will find lists of all DFG projects which FAU is currently involved in, along with a short description of each project:

Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) and Transregios (TRs) are research institutions at universities which are awarded long-term funding where researchers work together as part of an interdisciplinary research programme.

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Research Training Groups (RTG) support young researchers. They give doctoral candidates the opportunity to carry out their work within the framework of a co-ordinated research programme supported by senior researchers and professors.

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Research Units (RU) are groups of several researchers based at one or more locations. They often contribute to establishing new areas of research. The aim of Clinical Research Units (CRU) is to promote research groups involved in disease or patient-orientated (translational) clinical research and set up permanent research groups in clinical facilities.

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Priority Programmes (PP) bring transregional collaborations together and support research which promises to produce significant findings if funding is centrally co-ordinated.

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