Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1/ What are the important dates for ViCom?

  • 20 October 2021: Deadline for registration in elan (the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system)
  • 3 November 2021: Deadline for proposal submission
  • 31 December 2021: Deadline for uploading ethical approval for experiments in elan
  • March 2022: Decision from the DFG
  • September 2022: Start of the first phase of ViCom

2/ Who can apply to ViCom?

As much as we appreciate the interest of researchers from non-German institutions, ViCom as a Priority Programme funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) can only accept applications from researchers affiliated with German institutions in and outside of Germany (e.g. a Max Planck Institute located outside of Germany).

Researchers from non-German institutions can however act as external cooperation partners of specific projects.

3/ How is the DGfS-Workshop “Visual Communication. New Theoretical and Empirical Developments” affiliated with ViCom?

The upcoming workshop at the Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) 2022 with Cornelia Ebert and Markus Steinbach as two of the organizers can be seen as a “kick-off” event for the DFG Priority Programme ViCom. However, please note that the Call for Papers for the workshop is not linked to the Call for Proposals for the Priority Programme in any way.

The DGfS-Workshop, unlike the DFG-funded Priority Programme as a whole, is an event open for researchers affiliated with German as well as non-German institutions.

Further information about the workshop can be found here

4/ How can one submit a project proposal for the Priority Programme ViCom?

Proposals must be written in English and submitted to the DFG by 3 November 2021. Please note that proposals can only be submitted via elan, the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system. To enter a new project within the existing Priority Programme, go to Proposal Submission – New Project/Draft Proposal – Priority Programmes and select “SPP 2392” from the current list of calls.

In preparing your proposal, please review the programme guidelines (form 50.05, section B) and follow the proposal preparation instructions (form 54.01). These forms can also be downloaded from the DFG website or accessed through the elan portal.

Applicants must be registered in elan prior to submitting a proposal to the DFG. If you have not yet registered, please note that you must do so by 20 October 2021 to submit a proposal under this call; registration requests received after this time cannot be considered. You will normally receive confirmation of your registration by the next working day. Note that you will be asked to select the appropriate Priority Programme call during both the registration and the proposal process.

In elan you will be provided with the following template (in RTF format) for the project description part of your project proposal:

The complete Call for Proposals can be found here

5/ What should I pay attention to regarding international partners?

If a PI from a non-German institution is involved in your project, we have to justify not only why this PI is perfect as a PI for the respective project, but also why he or she is indispensable for the entire Priority Programme – please get in touch with us if you want to involve PIs from non-German institutions so we can coordinate on this.

6/ What should I pay attention to regarding ethical approval?

If you plan to run experiments and need ethical approval, note that this ethics committee vote needs to be uploaded to ELAN, as well. It can be uploaded later than the proposal, but has to be available until December 31, 2021 at the latest.