In meeting its responsibilities as a research funding organisation, the DFG must remain abreast of current developments in higher education. In doing so, the DFG is able to address challenges such as the need to provide sustainable support for young researchers, the interdisciplinarisation of the sciences and humanities, and support for networking in the field of research.
From the Statutes, Article 1
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft serves all branches of science and the humanities by funding research projects and facilitating national and international collaboration among researchers.
It devotes particular attention to the advancement and training of early career researchers.
The DFG promotes equality between women and men in science and academia.
It advises parliaments and public interest institutions on scientific matters and fosters relations between the research community and society and the private sector.
Who we are
The DFG is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities. In organisational terms, the DFG is an association under private law. Its membership consists of German research universities, non-university research institutions, scientific associations and the Academies of Science and the Humanities.
The DFG receives the large majority of its funds from the federal government and the states, which are represented in all grants committees. At the same time, the voting system and procedural regulations guarantee science-driven decisions.
The main task of the DFG is to select the best projects byresearchers at universities and research institutions on a competitive basis and to finance these projects. Individuals or higher education institutions submit proposals in a particular field of curiosity-driven basic research that they themselves select. Interdisciplinary proposals are also considered.
In a multi-layered decision-making process, the proposal is evaluated by voluntary reviewers exclusively according to scientific criteria; on the basis of this expert review, it is assessed byelected members ofa review board, and the final decision ismade bya grants committee. In this way, DFG funding guarantees quality-based differentiation in the German research system.The DFG is thus a cornerstone of Germany's strength as a research location and also helps to shape the European Research Area.
Early career support
The DFG awards the best researchers with funding and, at the same time, gives them the means and freedom necessary for successful research.
One of the DFG's key objectives is the advancementof early career researchers.It therefore offers them programmes which provide appropriate support at every phase of their qualification.The DFGis especially committed to the early independence of researchers and supports the recruitment of talentedscientists and academicsfrom at home and abroad for German research.
The DFG funds excellent science without regard to extra-scientific factors. Equal treatment of men and women and broad representation of the scientific disciplines in the self-governance of the DFG ensure the diversity and originality required for outstanding research.
The DFG supports projects from all areas of science and the humanities and especially promotes interdisciplinary cooperation among researchers. DFG funding enables cooperation between researchers from all branches ofscience as well as the formation of internationallyvisible priorities at universities and non-university research institutions.
The DFG actively encourages international research cooperation: all of its programmes promote cooperation between scientists and academics in Germany and their colleagues abroad. It places special emphasis on scientific collaboration within the European Research Area.
The DFG funds knowledge-oriented research, and it welcomes and supports the cooperation of science with those who apply science in all areas of social life. This includes the interaction of scientific findings withthe private sectorand institutionssuch asmuseums, academies of music, hospitals, and in public-private partnerships.
The DFGprovides scientificpolicy advice. As the voice of science in political and social discourse, it counsels and participates in political decision-making processes with scientific expertise. With the deliberations of its Senate commissions and the publication oftheir findings, the DFG makes recommendations concerning fundamental issues in science and concerning the responsible application of scientific findings in society.
For this purpose, its regulations on good scientific practice provide internationally recognised guidelines.
According to the statutes, the DFG's main task is to fund the best research projects selected in a competitive process at research and higher education institutions.
Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements can submit a funding proposal on a research topic of their choice at any time.
The Research Funding section provides information on DFG programmes and funding opportunities: