Research Impulses

With the funding programme „Research Impulses”, the DFG offers an instrument to fund research consortia at research-oriented universities of applied sciences (UAS). As part of a comprehensive package of measures, the funding instrument supports UAS in further developing their research profile, increasing their competitiveness by concentrating and advancing existing research approaches, and enhancing the conditions for knowledge-driven research at the UAS long-term.

What’s New

The second round of calls has started. Eligible universities of applied sciences are invited to submit letters of intent no later than 29 January 2024. The deadline for the submission of draft proposals for new research impulses is 15 March 2024. For more information, please refer to the Call for Proposals (in German only).

In the first round of calls, ten initiatives have been approved to be funded.


The funding line seeks to support UAS in further developing their research profile and enhancing the conditions for knowledge-driven research at the universities in order to better tap into the potential of UAS for the German research system.


HAW and FH in Germany are eligible to submit proposals.

Project Requirements

High scientific quality and originality; a demanding and well-founded work programme; clear added value of collaboration; researchers with a proven track record; promotion of researchers in early career phases and gender equality among researchers; professional management; an appropriate core support in terms of personnel, finance and infrastructure; long-term perspective.

Type and Extent of Funding

A maximum of €1 million per funding year (plus programme allowance for indirect project costs). These funds can be applied for and used in a flexible manner to cover the cost of personnel, direct project costs and instrumentation costs.

Funding Duration

The total funding duration is up to 8 years.
A first funding period of 5 years + 3 additional years after approval of a renewal proposal.

Forms and Guidelines

  • Deadline for the submission of letters of intent: 29 January 2024, 12 p.m. (noon)
  • Deadline for the submission of draft proposals for new research impulses: 15 March 2024, 12 p.m. (noon)

Proposal submission involves a two-stage review process, consisting of a draft proposal phase and a full proposal phase. All proposals are evaluated by review panels that are fittingly selected with regard to subject matter and content. The funding decision is made by the Joint Committee on the recommendation of the Senate.


Mailbox Research Impulses
Dr. Mare van den Eeden
Telephone: +49 (228) 885-2439