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DFG Funding Atlas: The University of Bamberg reaps highest funding sum nationwide with NEPS in the field of “Innovations in Education”


The Funding Atlas of the DFG (German Research Foundation) has confirmed an exceptionally positive balance of third-party funds at the University of Bamberg. In the area of project funding in research and development, the University of Bamberg and the NEPS rank first in Germany. Within the scope of DFG-grants focusing on the humanities and social sciences, the University ranks second in Bavaria.


Highest funding sum nationwide for innovations in education

“Profile building does pay off.” Universities with a distinct profile enjoy  better opportunities for research in general as well as  fund-raising. This basic idea has motivated lots of changes throughout the last years. Now it is evident: The balance of third-party funding at Bamberg University confirms this assumption.

The current Funding Atlas 2012 of the DFG (German Research Foundation) gives an overview of third-party funds granted to German universities. Today, on Thursday, May 24,  the DFG presents the results in a new way, in the form of a Funding Atlas, based on data from the years 2008 to 2010.

The competencies of Bamberg University have become apparent in the areas of project funding for research and development (FuE) by the German Federation as well as grants by the DFG within the scope of humanities and the social sciences.

The FuE-project promotion has granted the University of Bamberg €26.7 million within the field “Innovations in Education”, by far the highest funding sum nationwide. The reason behind this is the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), which is situated in Bamberg and examines educational processes and the development of competencies across Germany from the cradle to the grave. The Technical University Dortmund follows in second place, having received funds of €3 million.

Bamberg’s share of grants awarded by the DFG, with focus on the humanities and social sciences, amounts to €10 million. This makes Bamberg University rank second place in Bavaria, just behind the considerably larger Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), but still ahead of the two clearly bigger universities in Würzburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Throughout Bavaria, the University of Bamberg is frontrunner in terms of its share of women: In 2009, 35 female professors taught and researched in Bamberg. Therefore, they held 25 percent of a total of 135 full professorship positions filled on the effective date. During the same period, the share of women at the University of Augsburg was 18 percent (30 female professors for 169 professorships).

The Funding Atlas gives an overview of third-party funding at German universities and, beyond that, it provides information on the disciplinary priorities set in those respective locations. Containing lots of different graphical and cartographical analyses, the new format is more vivid and clearer than the fund-ranking which had been used in previous years. Besides this, the term “leaderboard” which was closely connected to the fund-ranking system is to  be discarded. The main focus is a reporting system on the basis of key figures relating to third-party funds.

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