All Funding Programmes

Information on DFG funding opportunities and programme forms and guidelines

Structure of Funding Portfolio

The DFG funding portfolio includes a wide range of funding instruments for research projects and research infrastructures. A distinction is made between funding for individual researchers and funding for institutions, according to the requirements and objectives of the research to be conducted. Individuals can also be nominated for research prizes.

Most of the DFG’s funding instruments are designed to support research projects. These instruments are grouped into seven funding focuses (an eighth funding focus encompasses prizes). Grants centre on either research career development, or the research theme and the way in which it is addressed or the infrastructures required to address it. As far as possible, funding opportunities are aligned with the needs of researchers and are designed to reflect the research approaches used in the various academic research disciplines and communities. They also enable or facilitate diverse forms of cooperation between institutions, locations and disciplines. Funding awarded to research institutions also helps to enhance their core areas and structures from an academic and infrastructural standpoint.

von Kaven Award Ursula M. Händel Prize Bernd Rendel Prize Albert Maucher Prize in Geoscience Copernicus Award Communicator Award Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize State Major Instrumentation Open Access Publishing Open Access Publication Funding Core Facilities Major Instrumentation Initiatives Major Research Instrumentation Coordinating Roles and Responsibilities in Information Infrastructures Digitisation and Indexing  e-Research Technologies Infrastructures for Scholarly Publishing Information Infrastructures for Research Data Specialised Information Services New Instrumentation for Research National Research Data Infrastructure Excellence Strategy Research Impulses DFG Research Centres (International) Research Training Groups Collaborative Research Centres International Scientific Events Project Academies Workshops for Early Career Investigators Scientific Networks Centres for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences Projects in Priority Programmes Clinical Trials Clinical Research Units Research Units Initiation of International Collaboration Package Proposals Reinhart Koselleck Projects Individual Research Grants Heisenberg Programme Emmy Noether Programme Research Fellowships Walter Benjamin Programme