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A good choice

172 honorary experts in the Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) ensure that only the best and most innovative projects of open-topic Industrial Collective Research (IGF) are funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) // They are newly elected every three years

Every research project within the framework of Industrial Collective Research (Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung - IGF), for which funding is to be applied for at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), undergoes a qualified evaluation. The AiF and its member associations, including the FVV, organise a competitive procedure for the evaluation of projects. The practical relevance of the projects are of great importance, as the knowledge transfer of the results should contribute to maintaining and increasing industry’s competitiveness.

In the current election, 2.3 candidates were nominated for an expert position. 400 candidates were nominated in total: 230 from science, 170 from industry. All candidates must have extensive scientific expertise and experience in practice-relevant, application-oriented research. The FVV had also submitted proposals for candidates from its network of experts. 100 members of the AiF expert groups were re-elected, 72 new members took office. These figures show how attractive this honorary task is, as it gives the experts a deep insight into current development trends.

The 7 AIF Expert Groups (term of office 2019 - 2021)

The 172 independent and periodically elected reviewers are organised into 19 subject areas and seven expert groups (Gutachtergruppen - GAG). The GAG are equally composed of experts from industry and science and meet twice a year in group meetings. The three-year chairmanship of a GAG is determined by the members of the group.

Most of the research projects of the FVV are submitted to Expert Group 4 "Construction and Production". The head of this group is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Sauer (Chair of Machine Elements and Transmission Technology | Technische Universität Kaiserslautern). Professor Sauer is also Chairman of the Scientific Council of the AiF.

In addition, the AiF has around 300 special reviewers at its disposal. Special expert opinions are requested in individual cases in order to supplement the opinions of the GAG members and thus the vote of the expert group on project applications in a specialised field.


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