Analytical support

DO-G grants collaborations in the analysis of ornithological data

The DO-G recognizes the high value of the proficient collection of ornithological data, especially by volunteer researchers. However, many valuable data sets remain unpublished because, for example, the expertise regarding statistical analyses is lacking or the high demands on publication by professional journals have a deterrent effect. For this reason, the DO-G offers a funding program that addresses precisely these issues, but which has rarely been used to date: the analytical support. This tool of the DO-G research funding supports collaborations for the preparation of data sets up to publication. The research committee hereby points out once again to the possibility of applying for financial support for analysing already collected data sets and for the preparation of manuscripts (extract from the objectives and guidelines of the DO-G research funding):

„Analytical support provides collaborations for the analysis of already collected data sets up to publication. The maximum funding amount is € 1.000. Travel and accommodation costs for applicants and/or collaborators as well as costs for data digitisation and data processing are eligible for funding. A confirmation of collaboration must be provided with the application.”

An example of a funded project is the successful collaboration of Dr Nina Seifert and Dr Steffen Hahn regarding the wintering areas of Barn Swallows in Africa. They studied to what extent findings based on stabile isotopes correspond with results based on geolocation. Supported by the analytical support of the DO-G, N. Seifert and S. Hahn were able to statistically analyse the field data, which were collected by other collaborators, and prepare them for publication. The project results have been published in the journal PLoS ONE (PLoS ONE 13 (9): e0202025. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202025).

The complete objectives and guidelines of research funding are available as PDF here. The research committee is happy to provide advice in the run-up to the application.

Tim Schmoll, spokesperson of the research committee - contact