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DFG Funding Atlas 2015: Natural Sciences at the University of Hamburg among Germany's Top Programmes

According to the current funding ranking of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Universität Hamburg ascended further to the top between 2011–2013

The DFG has recently presented the new Funding Atlas in Berlin.

Upswing at Life Sciences

Decisive for the increase in funds received from the DFG and the improvement of the overall balance was the upward trend in the life science, caused by the research field medicine and the expansion of the leading position in the natural sciences. According to the funding atlas, research at the University of Hamburg is particularly strong in the uni’s priorities such as “climate earth environment”, “matter and the universe” and “neuroscience”. Very good results were also achieved by the university in international research funding. In the ranking, the life sciences went up five ranks to number 18. The research fields medicine was ranked at number 12 (18), neuroscience remained stable at number seven.

Improvement Also in Natural Sciences

In the natural sciences, the University of Hamburg also improve its performance by moving up from fourth to second rank, thus confirming and strengthening its leading position. This placement in the top group is mainly due to the scientific disciplines physics, improved by one place to second rank, and earth sciences, which successfully defended its position at second rank. Mathematics were able to achieve a significant leap of nine places, now being ranked 16th.

International Appeal Increased

The international appeal of the University of Hamburg is well reflected by the nine ERC grants approved by the ERC (European Research Council, ERC) in the humanities and social sciences, making it Germany’s best university in these fields. Overall, the university of Hamburg was able to raise 16 ERC grants between 2007 and 2013, making it number five on national level.

The ranking of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) has been published since 1997 every three years. In 2012, its current name “DFG Funding Atlas” has been introduced.

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