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Who successfully obtains DFG funding

Third-party funding and visiting researchers from abroad are concentrated in large, high-performing universities. However, smaller locations also have strong subject-based profiles. The Funding Atlas 2015 reveals which institutions stand out in which subjects.

Funding Atlas 2015

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Third-party funding, especially from the DFG, is considered an indicator of the quality of research. Because projects must go through a rigorous multi-stage review process before funding is awarded, they are a sign of the quality of the idea and the environment. However, the question as to whether an ever-increasing amount of third-party funding – associated as it is with time-consuming proposals and reviews and considerable extra workloads in processing and administration – leaves enough room for creative research still remains open.

Like its predecessors, the Funding Atlas 2015 shows which higher education institutions (HEIs) have been particularly successful in obtaining DFG funding. A number of facts strike the reader: A growing number of HEIs are now home to DFG-funded projects and research collaborations. In terms of the total funding obtained from the DFG, the differences between individual locations are also levelling out. The leading group of universities which attract the most money has also changed: LMU Munich and RWTH Aachen University still lead the field in quantitative terms, but Heidelberg University has closed the gap. The Funding Atlas 2015 therefore reveals an overall stable trend in HEIs with a very active research programme, but also reveals change. This makes it, in a sense, a seismograph for the system as a whole.

Click on the tables to find out which HEIs have obtained money from the DFG and other funding organisations, how much and in which research areas.

Table 4-4: The higher education institutions with the highest DFG awards for 2011 to 2013 in absolute figures and relative to staff size in the humanities and social sciences (xls)

Table 4-6: The higher education institutions with the highest DFG awards for 2011 to 2013 in absolute figures and relative to staff size in the life sciences (xls)

Table 4-8: The higher education institutions with the highest DFG awards for 2011 to 2013 in absolute figures and relative to staff size in the natural sciences (xls)

Table 4-10: The higher education institutions with the highest DFG awards for 2011 to 2013 in absolute figures and relative to staff size in the engineering sciences (xls)

Table Web-23: R&D project funding by the federal government 2011 to 2013 per higher education institution by funding area (in € million) (xls)

Table Web-25: R&D funding from the federal government under the IGF and ZIM-KOOP programmes 2011 to 2013 per higher education institution (in € million) (xls)

Table Web-26: R&D funding in the EU's Seventh Framework Programme 2007 to 2013 by higher education institution per funding area (in million €) (xls)

Table Web-46: The higher education institutions with the highest DFG awards for 2011 to 2013 – overall and by scientific discipline (xls)

Figure 3-2: DFG awards for 2011 to 2013 by higher education institution and research area (png)

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