Package of Measures to Support a Shift in the Culture of Research Assessment

September 1, 2022 | Information for Researchers No. 61

The DFG  support a shift in the culture of research assessment / Improvement of equal opportunity practices

DFG, German Research Foundation – Package of Measures to Support a Shift in the Culture of Research Assessment

“Successful science and research require suitable framework conditions. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) ensures these conditions by regularly conducting analyses, providing the relevant information and adapting its procedures accordingly. The DFG set out the challenges and fields of action in a position paper on academic publishing published in May of this year: it sees both the academic community as a whole and itself as a funding organisation as being responsible for initiating a cultural shift towards research assessment that is geared more towards equal opportunity and attaches even greater importance to the substance of research. In the interests of bringing about such a shift, it is up to research funding organisations to broaden the spectrum of accepted publication formats, to attach greater value to content-based evidence of achievement and to strengthen the recipient side of publishing. The DFG has launched a comprehensive and far-reaching package of measures in order to fulfil this mandate.”

Binding CV template across all funding programmes

For this reason, the assessment of a researcher’s accomplishments must be holistic and based on substantive qualitative criteria. In order to strengthen qualitative evaluation criteria over quantitative indicators, the DFG will be introducing a curriculum vitae template that will be mandatory across all programmes from 1 March 2023 (the template will be adapted shortly for proposals under the Collaborative Research Centre and Research Training Group programmes; information will be provided separately in this regard)…”

Read more on the DFG website here:


Further Information

Information on academic publishing as a foundation and area of leverage for the assessment of scholarship:

DFG template for the curriculum vitae (DFG form 53.200):

FAQ on CVs:

Contact at the DFG:


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