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The review procedure of the DSF


The executive board of the foundation takes the decisions about project funding on the basis of two expert review statements from external specialists (peer review procedure). Therefore the following rules apply:

- Applications for project funding are normally evaluated by two external reviewers. If their recommendations differ from each other, the foundation gathers the opinion of a third reviewer. Applications from institutions whose members are part of the executive board of the DSF are obligatorily subject to a third evaluation.

- Applications for the funding of international conferences are normally evaluated by one external reviewer.

- Applications for networking and knowledge transfer projects are evaluated by an external reviewer if the sum that is applied for is higher than 5.000 Euro. In the case of networking and knowledge transfer projects below that sum, the decision about external reviews is made as the case arises. Projects that were funded several times can alternatively be evaluated later.




The foundation provides the reviewers with guidelines for the composition of the review reports.


Information for Reviewers of Research Proposals


Information for Reviewers of proposals for Scientific Conferences


Information for Reviewers of Networking and Knowledge Transfer Projects


The review process follows the principal of absolute confidentiality. At the same time the foundation creates the decision making process as transparent as possible. For this reason anonymized versions of the review statements are made available to the applicants. The foundation therefore has permission to forward the review statements either in parts or in full length under the principle of confidentiality.



New research report

project publications


Peacebuilding in Crisis
Rethinking Paradigms and Practices of Transnational Cooperation
Edited by Tobias Debiel, Thomas Held, Ulrich Schneckener
Routledge 2016




 Handbook on Sustainability Transition and Sustainable Peace
Herausgeber: Brauch, H.G., Oswald Spring, Ú., Grin, J., Scheffran, J. (Eds.) 
Springer 2016



Fabian Klose: The Emergence of Humanitarian Intervention. Ideas and Practice from the Ninettenth Centrury to the Present
Cambridge University Press 2016



Policy briefs zum von der DSF geförderten Projekt "NPT PrepCom Side-Event des Akademischen Friedensorchesters Nahost am 06. Mai 2014 in New York"

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Two publications are based on the International Symposium „Religions and World Peace“: