The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) recognizes the importance of core facilities to contribute to an overall improvement in research by providing shared high-end infrastructure, scientific support and services.
Therefore the DFG started supporting the establishment of core facilities and joint use of technologies. In 2011 a new funding line "Gerätezentren - Core facilities" was initiated followed by calls launched in 2012 and 2015. Meanwhile a stable funding line "Gerätezentren - Core Facilities" has been established.
BioDIP as distributed research infrastructure has been successfully applying during the first call in 2011. BioDIP received 150 TEUR / year funding for 3 years. The application for two years extension of the project had been submitted in April 2015 and got approved in January 2016.
In November 2015 the DFG approved BioDIPs application regarding the support of the conference "Trends in Microscopy" (TiM 2016).
This conference brings together leading technology developers with scientists that aim to apply these technologies for their research. TIM 2016 belongs to a conference series that has been initiated in 2005 in Freiburg. Later it took place in Ulm, Bonn, New York, Berlin, Braunschweig, Würzburg and Freiburg and Düsseldorf. Since 2020 TiM changed format and now takes place as German BioImaging Spring School, an intense microscopy training camp with hands-on workshops and scientific talks.