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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).

Prizewinners 2014 - 2017

Prizewinners 2017

(in German only)

Prizewinners 2016

(in German only)

Further Information

For more information on activities and opportunities to participate in the initiative „Research in Germany“ visit:

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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