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What is the Community Prize?

The Community Prize is a new competition format that combines competition and cooperation. People involved in academic administration and research at HEIs and non-HEIs in Germany can apply for prize money to fund project ideas in the area of international research marketing and take part in an online vote to select the best ideas put forward by other institutions.

In this year’s first round of the Community Prize, all competition entries were presented in the form of short video clips on a digital voting platform. The most innovative and impressive ideas were selected by the community by means of an online vote. The community consisted of individuals at German higher education and research institutions who had registered on the platform based on the fact that their work is relates to internationalisation or international research marketing.

The Community Prize is aimed at employees of German universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions who work in science management or research and wish to increase their institution’s international visibility and networking.

Winners of the Community Prize 2021

The call for proposals for the Community Prize 2021 has been closed. As a partner organisation of the “Research in Germany” initiative, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has selected six award-winning project ideas in the area of international research marketing. The Leuphana University of Lüneburg, the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies e.V. (IPHT), the Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine (MDC), the Technical University of Dresden in cooperation with the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and the University of Leipzig will each receive a cash award of €20,000 to implement their research marketing concepts. For more information on the 2021 prize-winners, please see the DFG
press release.


The Community Prize is part of the "Research in Germany" initiative funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It presents Germany as an attractive location for research and innovation within a worldwide context and creates a forum for international dialogue and cooperation. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research initiated "Research in Germany" in 2006 and is providing funds for the current project phase. The initiative is jointly implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the DFG, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the DLR.