, Volume 19, Issue 5–6, pp 419–425 | Cite as

Peer review at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

  • I. Hartmann
  • F. Neidhardt


Results of a study designed to investigate the peer review system at theDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft are presented. 242 applications for grants and 639 corresponding reviews were analysed to explore criteria actually used by peers in assessing the quality of proposals. The findings show a wide range of criteria used, an uneven distribution of positive and negative evaluation along these criteria, high inter-referee agreement and different degrees of impact of the evaluations on the overall recommendation.


Methodological Quality Principal Investigator Peer Review Grant Application Preparatory Work 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Hartmann
    • 1
  • F. Neidhardt
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Sportsoziologie und FriezeitpädagogikDeutsche Sporthochschule KölnKöln 41FRG
  2. 2.Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für SozialforschungBerlin 30FRG

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