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Ideas Competition – International Research Marketing

The aim of the competition is to encourage German universities, universities of applied sciences and other (non-) university research institutions to develop international research marketing concepts. Activities should be oriented towards research demands with respect to advancing international visibility and incoming mobility of researchers. These activities should be designed to enhance Germany's visibility as a strong, attractive research location and partner in the global research system.

The Ideas Competition – which is part of the governmental initiative “Research in Germany” funded by the BMBF – rewards international research marketing concepts developed by universities, universities of applied sciences and other (non-) university research institutions. The prizes of €25,000 and €100,000 will be presented for activities that seek to enhance the visibility and appeal of German research abroad and/or attract both highly qualified early career and established researchers to participate in collaborative projects or to visit Germany for research purposes. The prizes will be provided through special funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Current Call for Proposals

Deadline for submission of proposals: 12 November 2019
Proposals must be written in English and submitted online via elan, the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system.

Further Information:

Please use the form “Detailed Description – Ideas Competition International Research Marketing” to submit your proposal. The form can be downloaded and on this website. Please save the filled out form as a PDF without any access restrictions concerning the reading, copying and printing mode.

From 25 July 2019 further information about the electronic proposal processing will follow and completed applications may be uploaded on “elan”, the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system (the application form will also be available in the elan portal).

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Further Information

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The Ideas Competition is part of the governmental initiative “Research in Germany”, the central marketing for Germany as a place of research and innovation. The initiative is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and carried out by the German Academic Exchange Service, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the International Office of the BMBF.

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