Gene-War Veteran Seeks New Roles for Granting Agency

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Science  09 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5348, pp. 171
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5348.171

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MUNICH-- The presidency of Germany's basic-research granting agency--the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)--is hardly the comfortable administrative chair it once was. These days, German universities are in turmoil over budget cutbacks, prominent scientists grumble about stingy support for research, and the country's science community is still reeling from last year's scandal over falsifications in research. But biochemist Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker is tackling his new position with the confidence of a working scientist who is by all accounts well equipped with the political savvy, communication skills, and management acumen needed for the job. As DFG president, Winnacker will oversee a $1.1 billion annual budget for research projects at universities and institutes.