ZEW Economist Stichnoth Appointed to French-German Selection Committee

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ANR-DFG Funding Programme for French-German Research Projects

Professor Holger Stichnoth, head of the ZEW Research Group “Inequality and Public Policy”, has been appointed to the selection committee of the ANR-DFG funding programme for French-German research projects. ANR-DFG stands for the agreement between the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) which has existed since 2007.

The funding programme serves to expand and intensify French-German collaboration in the humanities and social sciences. No thematic specifications are made regarding research topics. Proposals for projects with components of data-related infrastructures are also possible. This creates the basis for long-term German-French collaborations and networks.

In addition to strengthening scientific cooperation between France and Germany in general, the programme also pursues two other goals. By bringing together national scholarly traditions in specific research areas, it aims to encourage researchers in the humanities and social sciences in both countries to produce results that are relevant to important cross-border social or political problems. It also intends to leverage and demonstrate the advantages of multilingualism in science and academia in fields where German and French continue to be relevant academic languages.

Special attention is given to the integrated character of proposed projects, from the concept to the work plan. Projects are only eligible for funding if they involve convincing cooperation between the German and French partners and clearly demonstrate the expected research benefits. Projects can be funded for a period of up to three years.