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Research institutions in NRW sharpen profiles and strengthen networks

Profiling 2020, 2022 and Networks 2021
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DLR Projektträger (DLR-PT) supports the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in promoting research: with "Profiling" and "Networks", universities and research institutions develop innovative research topics, set new priorities and advance existing networks.

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Funding is attractive and coveted. For universities and non-university research institutions in particular, it represents an important resource with which they can perform their academic mission. To enable universities and research institutions to prepare for further funding in the best possible way, the NRW Ministry of Culture and Science (MKW NRW) has realigned its research funding: The goal is science-led, thematically open funding which, among other things, further develops the cooperation and networking of research institutions.

Approaches in "Profiling”

The first funding instrument, newly developed in 2020 and going into a second round in 2022 is "profile building": It is intended to provide creative scope for universities and research institutions to develop forward-looking topics with considerable potential and establish new research priorities. Applications can be submitted by individual or several institutions from NRW.

The "Networks 2021" funding instrument

The aim of the second funding instrument, "Networks", is to sustainably strengthen existing thematically focused networks of universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions, possibly also with other partners. This funding is intended to increase the national and international visibility and competitiveness of the research networks and enable high-level follow-up funding. In this way, the participating institutions lay the foundation for the establishment of new structures or institutions in NRW that are jointly funded by the Federal and State governments.

In the funding instruments, applications can come from the entire spectrum of the humanities and social sciences, life sciences, natural sciences and engineering sciences, and include both basic and applied research. For the implementation of the projects, the NRW government annually provides 10 million euros for profile building and 22 million euros for networks.

DLR-PT tasks

DLR-PT supports the MKW NRW in the development and implementation of funding announcements. As the only project management organisation in Germany, DLR-PT has scientific expertise and research funding experience in all fields of science and is well networked in the research scene. It can therefore assess the various project ideas in a qualified manner and advise the MKW on the selection of the best projects. To this end, it will organise selection processes with external reviewers and a respected selection jury. DLR-PT provides targeted support to the NRW research institutions in implementing the funding by advising those interested in funding and applicants, reviewing the projects, providing technical support for the selected projects and monitoring them.

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Contact at DLR Projektträger

Dr. Cornelia Jers

Dr. Cornelia Jers

Head of Department
Federal Infrastructures for Education and Research
Education, Gender
+49 228 3821 1626