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CRC-Schedule: ESTABLISHMENT of a Collaborative Research Centre

Applications for DFG Collaborative Research Centres can be handed in at all times, however, please be advised that the DFG only decides on invitation to prepare a full proposal and accordingly approval or rejection of establishment proposals twice a year (usually end of May and end of November).

The entire application process consists of two steps with a total duration of approximately one and a half years, beginning with your idea and ending with the start of funding. This procedure requires excellent cooperation within the university, across the campus and pertaining to the DFG. Our department will be of assistance during the entire application process, providing you with information and counsel.

The following schedule, thought to serve as an initial means of orientation, portrays an exemplary timeline of the individual steps along the way. Please note that the indicated months are only stated for reference. A more specific time table in relation to your project as well as precise processes will gladly be discussed in individual counseling interviews.

Desired start of funding  
   
1st step: Review and recommendation (Draft proposal phase)  
Begin of consultation by the Research Department
Application to the university for start-up funding
Discussion with the Vice President for Research
Preparation of the draft proposal (also called concept paper)
Submission of the draft proposal to the office of the
der Research Committee of the Senate
Presentation and discussion of the draft proposal in the Research Committee of the Senate
Submission of the draft proposal to the DFG for review
Counseling interview with the DFG
Recommendation by the DFG for the preparation of a full establishment proposal *
   
2nd step: Review and decision (Establishment proposal phase)  
Application to the university for start-up funding
Kick-off meeting with the Vice President for Research
Preparation of the establishment proposal
Submission of the pre-proposal to the DFG (6 months prior to the on-site review)
Discussion of finances with the Presidential Board
Submission of the proposal to the office of the
der Research Committee of the Senate
Presentation and discussion of the proposal in the Research Committee of the Senate
Discussion of the proposal in the Committee for Development and Financial Planning
Short presentation of the proposal in the Senate
Submission of the full proposal to the DFG (8 weeks prior to the on-site review)
On-site review by the DFG (two days)
Decision by the DFG
Written notice of the decision by the DFG
   
Project launch



* Possibly later depending on the time required by the reviewers.