Olfactory researchers in Germany have received the go-ahead for a DFG priority programme that will be coordinated by the University of Constance. Funding will be provided for three years for research projects dealing with animals’ sense of smell and what happens in the brain of animals during this process. Two million euros per year will be available for these projects. This research priority will be an excellent basis for the establishment of scientific networks and dialogue across disciplinary borders.
The new DFG priority programme gives the scientists the possibility to deal with the broad spectrum of olfactory research more intensively; the programme can be prolonged by another three years. This gives the researchers excellent possibilities to engage in interdisciplinary cooperation and exchange information across project borders. Geneticists will meet neurobiologists, behavioural scientists will meet geneticists and neurobiologists. The research results gained from research involving mice, fruit flies and humans will be discussed and compared and investigated in parallel. “This leads to a completely new quality of research. We will devise new types of cooperation and may come up with completely new concepts and methods,” said Galizia full of praise for the new project. DFG priority funding is only given to researchers that fulfil strict quality requirements. The proposed field of research must be new in Germany and in the international context; it must have clear short- and medium-term goals, synergy effects must be clearly visible. Scientists from all over Germany are invited to apply for a DFG priority research grant. An international group of experts will decide on the projects that will be funded. Funding will start in spring 2009.