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Ideas Competition – International Research Marketing

The Ideas Competition is aimed at universities, universities of applied science and other (non-) university research institutions that would like to expand their international visibility and networking in the context of internationalisation efforts.

It focuses on ideas and activities that enhance the international visibility of core research areas of a research institution, region or network in an exceptional manner, provide opportunities for networking and/or attract outstanding research talent for cooperation or a research visit in Germany. Research in Germany and the appeal of research in Germany should also be given international visibility. Digital and non-digital formats should be combined in a practical manner.

Up to nine original research marketing proposals will be awarded prizes of €25,000 and €100,000 in the current round of calls. There will also be the opportunity to receive an optional digitalisation allowance of up to 50% of the prize money applied for.

The prizes are being funded from special funds of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Current round of calls

Registration in the elan portal: 15 September through 4 November 2020

Submission deadline: 25 November 2020

Note: Proposals are submitted online via elan, the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system. Please note that you need to register before submitting a proposal in the elan portal. It may take several days for your account to be activated.

Further Information:

Please only use the Detailed Description – Ideas Competition International Research Marketing (see above) for your proposal. Please save the description prepared on this basis as a PDF file without access restrictions for reading, copying or printing. You can upload and submit the final version of your proposal in PDF format in the DFG's elan portal beginning in mid-September (see above).

Further information on electronic proposal submission will follow in September 2020.

Prizewinners 2014 - 2019

Ideas Competition - Prizewinners 2019

Prizewinners 2019

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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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