German Research Foundation (DFG)

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The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany that brings together higher education institutions and research organisations. It is the central research funding organisation in Germany and provides financial support for research in higher education and public research institutions, but does not run any research establishments itself.

The DFG funds research in all disciplines using a bottom-up approach. That means any researcher can submit an application without any subject restrictions. DFG programmes offer a wide range of opportunities. International collaborations are possible and desired in all DFG funding programmes. Additionally, the DFG provides funds for coordination work and travel. Specific programmes focus on international cooperation. They do not only involve international research training groups, but also DFG support for the European Research Area.

Facts and Figures

  • Approx. 750 employees

  • In addition to its bureaus in Bonn (head office) and Berlin, the DFG also runs offices in Washington and New York City, Moscow, São Paulo, New Delhi, Tokyo and the Sino-German Center (SGC) in Beijing

  • In 2014, funding was provided for over 14,000 new and ongoing individual projects, roughly 220 projects by research groups, almost 250 projects by collaborative research centres, 240 projects by research training groups, 45 projects by graduate schools and almost as many projects by excellence clusters as well as over 100 projects in priority programmes

    It has a budget of 2.8 billion euros (2014)


Image Budget

The money that the DFG distributes on the basis of a sophisticated evaluation system comes from federal and state funds and to a smaller extent (0.1%) from foundations and the European Union. In 2014 its budget totalled 2.8 billion euros .



German Research Foundation (DFG)

Head Office


Kennedyallee 40

53175 Bonn



work Phone
+49 228 885-1


DFG: Funding for PhD Students

DFG: Funding for PhD Students

The DFG actively supports outstanding doctoral training – for example, by funding research training groups that exist at different universities. More DFG: Funding for PhD Students

DFG: Funding for Junior Researchers

DFG: Funding for Junior Researchers

DFG programmes are open to young researchers who have completed a doctorate. The DFG also awards personal and sponsorship prizes to junior researchers. More DFG: Funding for Junior Researchers

DFG: Funding for Senior Researchers

DFG: Funding for Senior Researchers

Established researchers can apply to the DFG for funding for research projects. The DFG always welcomes cooperation with partners abroad. More DFG: Funding for Senior Researchers

DFG: Funding for Research Projects

DFG: Funding for Research Projects

Funding research projects is a core responsibility of the DFG. Applications can be submitted by both individuals and research institutions. Projects in all disciplines are permitted. More DFG: Funding for Research Projects