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Implementation of the Code by higher education institutions and non-HEI research institutions

Implementation and recognition is possible according to different variants.

Since the Code of Conduct came into force on 1 August 2019, all HEIs and non-HEI research institutions have been required to implement Levels 1 and 2 of the Code’s 19 guidelines in a legally binding manner in order to receive funding from the DFG.

Implementation and recognition is possible according to different variants:

  • Higher education institutions and non-HEI institutions are responsible for implementing the guidelines of the Code in a legally binding manner (standard case).
  • If a non-HEI (research) institution cannot implement the guidelines on its own authority, there are two further options: the cooperation model and the backup model.

In view of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the German research system, the transitional period for implementing the Code has now been extended by one year (until 31 July 2022). This was decided by the DFG General Assembly at its virtual proceedings at the beginning of December 2020.

Detailed information on implementing the Code can be found under “RI by the DFG” (“Safeguarding of Research Integrity by the DFG”).

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