Research Grants

In brief

Early career and established researchers can realise a research project on a defined subject within a limited period of time. The programme provides support in modular form for direct project costs, project-specific staff and the equipment required to carry out the project. Depending on the project, it is possible to apply for funding for your own position as a specific funding module, for assistants’ positions or for a visiting researcher.

Who can apply?

Researchers in all career stages who

  • hold a doctorate
  • are working at a German research institution (in Germany or abroad)
  • have a research project of high academic quality and originality that meets international standards

Further requirements

If applying for one’s own position, the applicants must be supported by a statement from a German host institution indicating that it will assume employer responsibilities during the funding period and, in cooperation with the applicant, provide the necessary conditions to carry out the research project.

Type and extent of funding

Funding depends on the specific proposal modules and on the actual project needs. The work contract for the project leader’s own position is generally based on the collective agreement for public sector employees.


The duration of funding is based on the individual project needs (as a rule, up to 3 years).


Applications can be submitted to the DFG at any time. There is a special online application portal for this purpose. You will find information about the application procedure on the programme website (see link below).

DFG research funding

Here you will find all you need to know about DFG funding programmes.

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