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Coordinated ProgrammesResearch Programme


Programme type

Research programme,Subtheme on ageing

Programme status


Total number of funded projects


Summary of key aims

Coordinated programmes promote cooperation and structural innovation by encouraging national and international collaboration in areas of current relevance and by concentrating scientific potential at a university.


Collaborative Research Centres are long-term university research centres in which scientists and researchers work together within a cross-disciplinary research programme.


DFG Research Centres are internationally visible centres of excellence established at selected German universities to bring together outstanding expertise and resources. DFG Research Centres are an important component in a university's strategic and thematic planning and serve to sharpen a university's profile.


Research Training Groups are established by universities to promote young researchers. They are funded by the DFG for a period of up to nine years. Their key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research programme and a structured training concept.


Programmes provide a collaborative framework in which researchers conduct project work within a broad defined subject area. Participating researchers are free to choose their topics, research plan and methods. Priority Programmes are established to coordinate knowledge and resources in the field in question to produce special scientific value.

Disciplines of research covered

Management contact

Alexandra Klütsch
0228 885-2356

Admin contact

Scientific contact

Michael Müller
0228 885-2884

Funding contact

Petra Hammel
0228 885-2312

Administrative organisation

DFG (German Research Foundation)

What is the review process for applications?

The quality of each proposal is assessed by peer reviewers selected by the DFG Head Office. The appropriate programme director must ensure that all important aspects of the proposal fall within the expertise of the selected reviewers. Reviewers must be recognised experts in their fields and be capable of giving an objective appraisal of the proposal. The Head Office is careful to avoid conflicts of interest arising from collaboration or competition, teacher-student relations, reciprocal reviews, etc. The DFG solicits statements from approximately 10,000 reviewers annually, from Germany and abroad. DFG reviewers work in an honorary capacity.

Is the project externally evaluated?


Who has evaluated, or will evaluate, the programme?

What forms of international collaboration does the programme support?

  • ▪ Foreign collaborators working in their own countries
  • ▪ Travel for foreign collaborators
  • ▪ Travel for national researchers

Interdisciplinary research is a strategic priority...

  • For the programme ✔
  • For the funding agency ✔
  • Nationally ✔

End users of research involved in development of the programme

  • ▪ Policy Makers
  • ▪ Researchers

End users of research involved in review of applications

  • ▪ Researchers