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The use of the website “Research in Germany” of the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) is always possible without disclosing personal information.

The following statement gives you a full overview of how the editorial team guarantees protection of your data and what type of data is collected for which purpose.

Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by a reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data or an online identifier.

You will find detailed information in this data protection statement about which data is recorded for which purpose and on what basis, how you can contact the controller and the data protection officer and which rights you have in relation to the processing of personal data.

Controller and data protection officer

The controller responsible for processing of personal data is the

Federal Ministry of Education and Research

  • Heinemannstraße 2
  • 53170 Bonn
If you have specific questions about protection of your data, please contact the data protection officer of the BMBF:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Data Protection Officer

  • Heinemannstraße 2
  • 53170 Bonn
The following statement gives you an overview of how the BMBF guarantees protection of your data and what type of data is collected on what basis and for which purpose.

Processing of data resulting from your visit to this website

When you access our website on your device, we process the following data:

  • Date and time of access
  • Duration of visit
  • Your operating system
  • Volume of data sent
  • Type of access
  • IP address
  • Domain name

We process this data on the basis of GDPR Article 6 (1) point f, as they are required for us to provide the service, to ensure technical operation and to investigate and remove malfunctions. It is in our interest to ensure the use and technical operability of our website. This data is automatically processed when our website is accessed. Unless they are provided, you cannot use our services. We usually erase these data after seven days unless, under exceptional circumstances, we need them for a longer period for the above-mentioned purposes. In such a case we erase the data as soon as they are no longer required for the relevant purpose.

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (hereinafter: “Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies (see clause 5), i.e. text files which are saved to your computer and allow us to analyse your use of the website. The information that is created by cookies on your use of our website is usually sent to a Google server in the United States, where it is then stored. However, if you have activated IP anonymisation for this website, your IP address will not be sent without first being truncated by Google within the Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the United States and then truncated there. Acting on behalf of the site operators, Google will use this information to analyse your use of the website, to create reports on website activities for us as site operators and to provide us with other services connected with website and internet use. The IP address which Google Analytics sends via your browser will not be linked by Google with any other data Google may have.

This website uses Google Analytics with the extension “_anonymizeIp()”. This has the effect of truncating IP addresses before further processing, so that the data cannot be related to any specific person. If the data that is collected about you allows conclusions about you as a person, this is immediately prevented and the relevant personal data are thus erased immediately.

We use Google Analytics to analyse use of our website and to improve it at regular intervals. The statistical data we receive in this way helps us to improve our website and to make it more interesting for you as a user. For exceptional cases in which personal data is transferred to the United States, Google has subjected itself to the EU-US Privacy Shield.

The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is GDPR Article 6 (1) point a, i.e. your consent. Any data that we send, and which is linked to cookies, user IDs or advertising IDs, is automatically erased after 14 months. Any data that has reached the end of its retention period is automatically erased once a month.

You can prevent the storage of cookies through a suitable setting in your browser software. Please note, however, that if you do so, you may not be able to use all the functions of this website in full. Furthermore, if you wish to prevent the collection of data generated by cookies and related to your usage of the website (incl. your IP address) and if you wish to opt out of such data being processed by Google, you can download and install a browser plug-in.

Click here to change the cookie settings: Change cookie settings.

Further details about Google and its use of personal data can be obtained from the following addresses:

Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001

data privacy overview:

Cookies can be managed with all internet browsers. Most browsers are set by default to accept cookies without asking the user. By changing the settings in your internet browser you can disable or restrict the transmission of cookies. Cookies already stored may be deleted at any time. This can even be done automatically.

Every internet browser allows you to see whether cookies are set and what they contain. Detailed information is provided by the website of the Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information and the Federal Office for Information Security.

Collection of personal data when contact is made

Various personal data is collected and processed depending on the method of contact. Contact may be made by e-mail or contact form.

You can contact the editorial team of Research-in-Germany with the following e-mail address:

If you use this e-mail address the data you send (e.g.: surname, first name, country of origin), and at least the e-mail address as well as the information in the e-mail (e.g. personal data that you send) will be stored in order to make contact and address your issue in accordance with the document preservation periods of the Registry Directive which supplements the Ministerial Rules of Procedure (GGO).

Please note that the data will be processed in compliance with Article 6 (1) (e) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in conjunction with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG) for the purpose of fulfilling the BMBF’s tasks. In order to respond to your message, it is necessary to process the personal data you provide.

If you use the contact form for communicating with us, entry of your e-mail address is necessary. Without this data the issue you mention in the contact form cannot be processed. Entry of your name and country of origin is optional

Please note that the processing of the data contained in the contact form and the content (which may likewise contain personal data that you send) takes place on the basis of your consent in accordance with Article 6 (1) a) of the GDPR.

You may revoke your consent at any time. The legality of processing on the basis of your consent remains unaffected until receipt of your statement of revocation.

The editorial staff process the transmitted data only in connection with the processing of your issue. The preservation periods in this case are oriented to the document preservation periods of the Registry Directive which supplements the Ministerial Rules of Procedure (GGO).


In our monthly e-mail newsletter we inform you about interesting research projects, career opportunities in Germany and funding programmes for doctoral candidates and scientists. If you would like to receive our newsletter, we will require a valid e-mail address. You also have the option to enter your name, although this is voluntary. Once you have completed and confirmed the application form, the system will automatically send a message with a confirmation link to the e-mail address you have given. You will only receive our newsletter when you have used this confirmation link.

Data collected in connection with registration for the newsletter is stored by CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG, Mühlenstr. 43, 26180 Rastede Deutschland with whom we have a contract for commissioned data processing.

Data is processed on the basis of your consent in accordance with Article 6 (1) a of the GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time by unsubscribing from the newsletter. The legality of processing on the basis of your consent remains unaffected until receipt of your statement of revocation.

When you register your data will be stored on the servers of the commissioned service provider “Cleverreach GmbH” and a confirmation message with a link to complete the registration will be sent to the e-mail address you entered. If you do not confirm the registration with the link in this e-mail, the data will be erased after three months.

Your data will only be stored in order to send the newsletter for the duration of the use of our newsletter service if you confirm the link in the e-mail.

The registration system with an additional confirmation message containing a link to complete registration (double-opt-in) ensures that you have expressed an explicit wish to receive the newsletter.

If you no longer wish to receive the newsletter, you can unsubscribe again at any time. All you need to do is click on the unsubscribe link which you find at the end of our newsletter e-mails. Alternatively, you may send us a message to: Your data will be erased from the server three months after unsubscribing from the newsletter.


To allow us to present images, videos and audio content on our website in an interactive way, we use Pageflow software and make use of external service providers who process your personal data when this content is accessed. These service providers are bound by our instructions. They have been carefully selected by us and have received written agreement for the services to be performed. Where data processing is carried out by service providers who are based outside the European Economic Area, we have put the appropriate safeguards in place for their use in accordance with Section 4c para. 2 BDSG (Federal Data Protection Act).


Our website contains embedded video clips from the video portal YouTube. YouTube is a portal of YouTube LLC, a subsidiary of Google Inc. For reasons of data protection, we decided not to integrate the video clips directly into our website but deactivated them by default. Thus, no data will be transmitted to Google when you access our website. For that reason you will only find a preview image of the video clip on our website. You must activate the video clip by clicking the preview image in order to watch the video. Only after this activation is a connection established to Google’s servers and data are transferred to Google. We have no control over the amount of data collected in this process. Please refer to the data privacy policies of Google for further information on the purpose and extent to which data is collected, processed and used by Google, as well as your rights in this respect and the setting options for protecting your privacy. Go to:

The YouTube terms of use can be found at:

Your rights

You have the following rights in relation to the data controller concerning your personal data:

  • right of access (Article 15 GDPR)
  • right to rectification (Article 16 GDPR)
  • right to erasure (Article 17 GDPR)
  • right to restriction of processing (Article 18 GDPR)
  • right to object to collection, processing and/or use (Article 21 GDPR)
  • right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR)
  • If the personal data is processed on the basis of your consent (in accordance with Article 6 [1][a] GDPR), you can withdraw your consent at any time for the purpose in question. The lawfulness of processing your personal data on the basis of the consent provided by you remains valid until your withdrawal of consent has been received.

You may assert the above-mentioned rights at

You also have the right to submit a complaint with the data protection supervisory authority (Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information).

If you have questions or complaints you may also contact the data protection officer of the BMBF