The Department of Veterinary Medicine was one of the first departments at Freie Universität to introduce performance-oriented allocation of budgetary resources, and a portion of the budget has been allocated on this basis since 2004. Along with the obligatory teaching assignments and services, the additional external funding budget obtained by the scientists and researchers is an important indicator and objective benchmark for research performance.
The main sources of external funding are the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German federal government (e.g., Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV)), the EU, nonprofit foundations and organizations, and businesses (see Table 2). In addition to basic financing and allocations from external funds, income from services provided by the clinics also forms a major component of the department’s budget.
We particularly emphasize the successful professional and scientific development of our students, faculty, and researchers, an approach that can also be seen from the high number of doctorates awarded (see Table 3) and habilitation processes. The international recognition our research groups enjoy is also evident in the regular publication of the findings of our research (database of publications).
The total amount of external funding has shown a highly satisfactory tendency in recent years, rising to more than € 3.5 million (see Table 1). If we consider the development of external funding expenditures per staffed professorship over recent years, we see that the figure has nearly doubled. One particular feature demonstrating our standards of quality is the high proportion of DFG funds, at between 20% and 28% (see Table 2).
|Sources of Funding (Proportion in %)||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007||2008|
|German Research Foundation (DFG)||25||22||25||20||28||31|
|German federal government||12||4||2||1||1||18|
|EU and other international sources of funding||14||12||10||6||2||7|
|Foundations and nonprofit organizations
Business sector and associations
Other (e.g., donations)