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 DFG has a current annual budget of €3.9 billion, provided primarily by the German federal government (69.7 percent) and the states (29.4 percent), but also including EU funds and private donations.

Diagram from the 2023 Annual Report: Origin of Funds 2003

1) In addition to the amount recognised in the business plan, this item includes the self-management funds from the previous year, reduced by the self-managment funds newly created in the reporting year.