Rules for Acknowledging Cluster Support

When publishing Cluster-related materials, and when organizing Cluster-funded events, there are certain mandatory elements that must be observed to fulfill DFG standards. Furthermore, our researchers are asked to work with the Cluster’s Managing Office in order to ensure the best possible outreach efforts can be taken.

Acknowledgements in Publications and Printed Materials

All publications that result directly or indirectly from Cluster funding must acknowledge Cluster and DFG support. In publications, name the Cluster as (one of) your affiliation(s). Acknowledgement of DFG funding must take place in the form of the official standard statement:

“Gefördert durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) im Rahmen der Exzellenzstrategie des Bundes und der Länder – EXC-2035/1 – 390681379”

In an international context, a translation can be used. English version:

“Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG – German Research Foundation) under Germany‘s Excellence Strategy – EXC-2035/1 – 390681379”

In printed materials (posters, programs, flyers etc.), you can alternatively make use of the ‘funded by’ version of the DFG logo (available online here), followed by just the code “EXC-2035/1 – 390681379”.


If you receive funding or support for an event from the Cluster, you must include the Cluster as co-host, co-organizer or sponsor (as appropriate) in your advertising efforts. Furthermore, you must keep the Managing Office informed of your event and provide the program, date, venue etc. in a timely manner, for inclusion in the Cluster’s outreach and reporting.

Printed and online materials for these events (posters, program flyers, conference website etc.) must contain the same acknowledgement as publications, usually in the form of the DFG ‘funded by’ logo plus the code “EXC-2035/1 – 390681379”. These materials must also contain the Cluster logo and an acknowledgement of Cluster support. The Cluster logo is available for download here.

Note that you can find a helpful guide for organizing events on the Cluster website here.