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 based in Germany in all disciplines using a bottom-up approach. That means any researcher holding a PhD or higher qualification can submit an application without any subject restrictions. DFG programmes offer a wide range of opportunities for various career stages.

This begins with support in the form of research scholarships and extends to the funding of posts in DFG-funded projects and even the applicant’s own project. The central element of DFG funding is what is known as the Individual Grants Programme (Einzelförderung). This programme allows all researchers to submit applications in relation to their own projects.

International collaborations and international interchange 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 2015, funding was provided for approximately 15,000 new and ongoing individual projects, roughly 220 projects by research groups, more than 250 projects by collaborative research centres, almost 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 programme.

  • It has a budget of 2.9 billion euros (2015).

Budget

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The money that the DFG distributes on the basis of a sophisticated evaluation system comes from federal (67%) and state funds (33%) and to a smaller extent (0.1%) from foundations and the European Union. In 2015 its budget totalled 2.9 billion euros.

Contact

Firm

German Research Foundation (DFG)

Head Office

Address

Kennedyallee 40

53175 Bonn

Germany

Telephone

work Phone
+49 228 885-1

URL

Website
www.dfg.de

Funding Programmes:

Support for Early Career Researchers within Clusters of Excellence

Support for Early Career Researchers within Clusters of Excellence

Clusters of Excellence offer PhD students and junior researchers opportunities to receive a structured doctoral training or work on a top-level research project. More Support for Early Career Researchers within Clusters of Excellence

Support for Early Career Researchers within Collaborative Research Centres

Support for Early Career Researchers within Collaborative Research Centres

Collaborative Research Centres offer PhD students and junior researchers opportunities to pursue an outstanding research programme that crosses the boundaries of disciplines, institutes, departments and faculties. More Support for Early Career Researchers within Collaborative Research Centres

Graduate Schools

Graduate Schools

Outstanding PhD students can complete their doctorate in excellent conditions as part of a structured doctoral programme. Postdocs can work in an excellent research environment. More Graduate Schools

Research Training Groups

Research Training Groups

Research training groups are set up by universities and pursue a focused research programme. PhD students and postdocs can complete a doctorate or engage in independent research activities. More Research Training Groups

Emmy Noether Programme

Emmy Noether Programme

Outstanding junior researchers can rapidly qualify for leading positions in science and research or for a university teaching career by heading an independent junior research group and assuming relevant teaching duties. More Emmy Noether Programme

Grants to Support the Initiation of International Collaboration

Grants to Support the Initiation of International Collaboration

These grants support international collaboration by enabling eligible German and foreign researchers and academics to plan partner visits and/or joint workshops with their partners. More Grants to Support the Initiation of International Collaboration

Prizes for Junior Researchers

Prizes for Junior Researchers

The DFG awards various prizes to encourage young research talent, especially during their qualification phase. Young international researchers working in Germany can naturally also apply. More Prizes for Junior Researchers

Research Grants

Research Grants

Junior and senior researchers can realise a research project on a specific subject within a limited period of time. More Research Grants

Heisenberg Programme - Fellowship/Professorship

Heisenberg Programme - Fellowship/Professorship

Excellent researchers can prepare for a leading position in science and research and spend time working on an advanced research topic. More Heisenberg Programme - Fellowship/Professorship

Prizes for Senior Researchers

Prizes for Senior Researchers

The DFG awards prizes to scientists and academics in recognition of their outstanding research achievements. More Prizes for Senior Researchers

Research Centres

Research Centres

Higher education institutions can set up interdisciplinary research centres with DFG support. Up to six professorships and supplementary junior research groups can be funded in this way. www.dfg.de > DFG Research Centres Research Centres