Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

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The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, 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 the funding of posts in DFG-funded projects and extends to the funding of an applicant’s own project. The central element of DFG funding is what is known as the Individual Grants Programmes (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, DC and New York City, Moscow, São Paulo, New Delhi, Tokyo and the Sino-German Center (SGC) in Beijing

In 2016, funding was provided for over 31,000 new and ongoing research projects  

The budget is 3.1 billion euros (2016)


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The money that the DFG distributes on the basis of a sophisticated evaluation system comes from federal (68%) and state funds (32%) and to a smaller extent (0.1%) from foundations and the European Union.  In 2016 its budget totalled 3.1 billion euros.  


German Research Foundation (DFG)
Head Office
Kennedyallee 40
53175 Bonn
Phone +49 228 885-1

Funding Programmes:

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. > DFG Research Centres