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)
- Source: DFG
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 .