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Source: Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftDetailed information on 50,000 approved and rejected funding applications, applicants and research institutions / numerous topic pages and extensive image archive

With “GEPRIS Historisch”, the German Research Foundation (DFG) is now offering a comprehensive information portal that makes the history of the DFG and, through it, the history of the sciences between 1920 and 1945 accessible. The online offer includes around 50,000 approved and rejected applications to the “Notgemeinschaft der Deutschen Wissenschaft”, founded in 1920, and its successor organization, the DFG. “I am very pleased that with the publication of ‘GEPRIS Historisch’ we can make part of the history of the DFG publicly accessible and understandable in our anniversary year. At the same time, we would like to contribute to the intensified scientific development of research and research funding in the epochs of the Weimar Republic and National Socialism, ”said DFG President Professor Dr. Katja Becker on the start of the information portal. The portal is based on the DFG-funded work of a research group on the history of the German Research Foundation, in which the sub-project “Scientific and historical development of the DFG files at the Federal Archives (Berlin / Koblenz)” led by Dr. Sören Flachowsky (Humboldt University Berlin) from 2006 to 2012 around 7000 files were evaluated. In order to enrich this data, including on around 13,000 people and more than 2,500 research institutions, “GEPRIS Historisch” links other sources, such as the DFG-funded online portal Deutsche Biographie ( and the Common Authority File (GND ) of the German National Library and the finding aid for historical DFG files of the Federal Archives. The connection to Wikipedia and Wikidata was particularly profitable: There it was possible to search for evidence of many people listed in “GEPRIS Historisch” as well as their research facilities and even a small number of projects. Sören Flachowsky says of “GEPRIS Historisch”: “The The database and the information aggregated in it provide a very lucid overview of all DFG research funding during this period. ”DFG President Katja Becker classifies the portal as follows:“ Research funding was and is our central task. “GEPRIS Historisch” goes back to the beginnings of the history of the DFG and thus enables better research into science administration and research funding in the 1920s to 1940s. “These years mark great crises and upheavals. Therefore, 13 topic pages classify the funding applications in the changing framework conditions. They deal with topics such as “Research funding under National Socialism” or “Displaced applicants”, “DFG-funded Nobel Prize winners” or “Women in Science”. The thematic pages clearly highlight and invite you to search for clues. In addition to the themed pages, the database also has a search function that can also be narrowed down to specific periods of time, as well as indices of all listed persons and institutions. Dr. Jürgen Güdler, head of the information management group at the DFG head office, which initiated and implemented the project, historians: “You will find interesting information on DFG-funded activities by numerous researchers as well as references to files stored at the Federal Archives.” He hopes In addition, the information portal can also be used to reach target groups who are interested in the history of the research institution they are working at – many of the institutions listed are now DFG member organizations. In his opinion, “GEPRIS Historisch” can also enrich teaching content in schools. The information available there on DFG-funded people who also worked as teachers at the time could be an introduction to researching the history of your own school. Rather, it is designed as a living system that continuously expands and improves user information, says Güdler. With “GEPRIS Historisch” the DFG not only invites you to follow traces that have already been deposited, but to enrich the system with your own finds. In this context, for example, pictures of researchers or their work from the period 1920 to 1945 are conceivable. There are – due to history – gaps here. The “GEPRIS Historisch” team has already closed quite a few, with the help of old portraits and recordings from freely available internet sources, but also from libraries and archives. In addition to the diversity of facts, the portal should also make the time tangible and visible. Further information on “GEPRIS Historisch” is available on the Internet at: Contact: For the “NDB-Online” project of the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences: Zur Common authority file of the German National Library: To the Federal Archives: To Wikipedia:


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