There are various organisations in Germany that fund research projects and individual researchers.
The largest organisations that award financial support to individuals are the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In addition to these large funding organisations, many other public and private bodies provide financial support for science and research. Important donors include not only Germany’s federal and state governments, but also the European Union. A large number of charitable foundations have also set themselves the goal of supporting research and junior researchers. When it comes to the support and funding of research projects, non-university research institutions and industry play a major role in Germany’s funding system. They especially support young researchers with job offers.
Below we will provide an overview of Germany’s most important funding organisations.
Overview of Funding Organisations
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes research collaborations between excellent foreign and German researchers. It grants more than 700 research fellowships and research awards every year.
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The DFG is the central research funding organisation in Germany. It supports research in higher education and public research institutions, but does not run any research establishments itself.
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The EU is funding research in a variety of ways through Horizon 2020, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. These measures do not only include support for basic and applied research, but also funding programmes for collaboration and exchange in higher education.
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More than two-thirds of the annual funds invested in research come from industry. Companies either conduct research themselves or collaborate with research partners. (Junior) researchers are supported not only with job offers, but also with scholarships and prizes from corporate foundations.
Federal and state governments are the main sponsors of research in Germany alongside industry. Many federal ministries support specific research projects.
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Public and private foundations enable research through the provision of funding. The range of different foundations is very wide. Many of them specifically aim to promote young talent.
Thirteen organisations that work nationwide have come together to form StipendiumPlus under the umbrella of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. They support outstanding undergraduate and doctoral students.
Non-university research institutions are active in fostering talent. In particular, they also support doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers with scholarships.
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