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Research Grants  

Research grants enable individuals who have completed their academic training to conduct at any time research projects with clearly defined topics and durations, regardless of the subject.

Information about the Programme


To enable scientists and academics to carry out a research project on a specifically defined topic within a limited time period.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified researchers (as a rule, those holding a doctorate) from all disciplines working at German research institutions

Researchers working at institutions which serve purely commercial purposes or those who are not permitted to publish findings in a generally accessible form are not eligible to apply.

Proposal Requirements

A research project of high scientific quality and originality, carried out at an international level

Type and Extent of Funding


Funding Duration

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

Forms and Guidelines

Proposal Deadlines

First proposal: No submission deadline

Renewal proposal: At least 6 months before the approved funds have been exhausted


Detailed information on the proposal process