The German Research Foundation (DFG) has received nearly two dozen proposals from universities vying to be home to the foundation's sixth research center, according to the DFG.

The foundation decided earlier this year that its next center would focus on either regenerative therapies or on cognitive technical systems, Anne Lipp, program officer of the DFG's Research Centres Unit, told The Scientist. The DFG then asked for proposals, setting a September deadline.

In order to be a serious contender for a center, a university must already have a solid foundation in the proposed research area. "Our goal is to further strengthen already existing strengths," Lipp said. "The universities have to already have the basic infrastructure in place; the basic personnel has to be there."

Twelve of the latest bids outlined plans for a cognitive technical systems center, and 10 were for a regenerative therapies center, Lipp said. The proposals now...

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