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Research grants enable individuals who have completed their academic training to conduct at any time research projects with clearly defined topics and durations, regardless of the subject.
To enable scientists and academics to carry out a research project on a specifically defined topic within a limited time period.
Qualified researchers (as a rule, those holding a doctorate) from all disciplines working at German research institutions
Researchers working at institutions which serve purely commercial purposes or those who are not permitted to publish findings in a generally accessible form are not eligible to apply.
A research project of high scientific quality and originality, carried out at an international level
Type and Extent of Funding
The duration of funding is based on the individual project needs (as a rule, several years).
Forms and Guidelines
First proposal: No submission deadline
Renewal proposal: At least 6 months before the approved funds have been exhausted
The DFG has a wide range of options to support research groups engaging in international collaboration.
DFG support for collaborative ventures
Support for cooperation provided by foreign partner organisations
In addition, researchers at a foreign research institution can participate as part of a so-called “general international cooperation”.
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) uses the term ‘long-term project’ to refer to research projects in the humanities and social sciences that require continuous funding for at least 7 years and a maximum of 12 years (possible examples being editions, corpora, archaeological excavations, and social or behavioural longitudinal studies). To be recognised as a long-term project, a project must be characterised by its central scholarly importance, thorough preparation and planning, and professional management.