DFG Categories

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has established a subject classification system according to which the various subject areas are grouped together. Currently, four main categories are distinguished:

  1. Humanities and social sciences
  2. Life sciences
  3. Natural sciences
  4. Engineering sciences

Within each of the main categories there are further subcategories. For example, medicine is a subcategory of life sciences. Within the subcategory, there is a further breakdown by subject. In the example of medicine, there are, among others, epidemology, public health or human genetics. To ensure a uniform structure, a numerical sequence is defined according to the associated main categories, subcategories and subjects.

Example: 205-04 Physiology

2 = main category life sciences
05 = subcategory medicine
04 = subject physiology

Note: The subject classification changes slightly every few years, as some categories are merged or new subjects are added, for example. Accordingly, it is important to always work with the latest subject classification and to check the correctness of the information in corresponding applications.

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Abbildung 1 - Life-Sciences in der DFG Fachsymptomatik
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The subject classification changes slightly every few years, as some categories are combined or new subjects are added, for example. Accordingly, it is important to always work with the latest subject classification and to check the correctness of the information in corresponding applications.