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Funding Programmes

Information on DFG funding opportunities and programme forms and guidelines

Project Proposals by Individuals

Funding Focus: Investigators

Funding Focus: Themes

  • Individual Research Grants Modules: Basic Module, Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators, Replacements, Temporary Substitutes for Clinicians, Mercator Fellows, Project-Specific Workshops, Public Relations
  • Reinhart Koselleck Projects
  • Package Proposals Modules: Basic Module, Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators, Replacements, Temporary Substitutes for Clinicians, Mercator Fellows, Project-Specific Workshops, Public Relations
  • Research Units Modules: Basic Module, Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators, Replacements, Temporary Substitutes for Clinicians, Mercator Fellows, Project-Specific Workshops, Public Relations, Professorships, Start-Up Funding, Coordination, Network Funds, Gender Equality Measures in Research Networks
  • Clinical Research Units Modules: Basic Module, Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators, Replacements, Temporary Substitutes for Clinicians, Mercator Fellows, Project-Specific Workshops, Public Relations, Professorships, Start-Up Funding, Coordination, Network Funds, Gender Equality Measures in Research Networks
  • Clinical Trials Modules: Basic Module, Replacements, Temporary Substitutes for Clinicians, Mercator Fellows, Project-Specific Workshops, Public Relations
  • Priority Programmes Modules: Basic Module, Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators, Replacements, Temporary Substitutes for Clinicians, Mercator Fellows, Project-Specific Workshops, Public Relations, Start-Up Funding, Coordination, Network Funds, Gender Equality Measures in Research Networks   

Funding Focus: Forum

Funding Focus: Infrastructure

Collaborative Institutional Proposals

Funding Focus: Themes

  • Collaborative Research Centres / Transregios Modules: Basic Module, Replacements, Temporary Substitutes for Clinicians, Mercator Fellows, Project-Specific Workshops, Public Relations, Start-Up Funding, Coordination, Network Funds, Gender Equality Measures in Research Networks, Research Training Group

Funding Focus: Forum

Funding Focus: Infrastructure

Prizes

Funding Focus: Individuals

International Research Funding

All DFG funding programmes are open to international project collaboration. The DFG maintains relationships with a wide range of partner organisations in other countries. Joint funding programmes and agreements with foreign partner organisations enable German research to be funded in global collaborations throughout the complete DFG funding portfolio.

International Research Funding

All DFG funding programmes are open to international project collaboration. The DFG maintains relationships with a wide range of partner organisations in other countries. Joint funding programmes and agreements with foreign partner organisations enable German research to be funded in global collaborations throughout the complete DFG funding portfolio.

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.

Organisationsplan der Geschäftsstelle Excellence Initiative (2005-2019)Walter Benjamin-ProgrammeAlbert Maucher Prize in Geoscience Open Access Publishing Clusters of Excellence Core Facilities DFG Research Centres Research Fellowships Acquisition of Closed Bequests and Collections Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize Copernicus Award Ursula M. Händel Prize Bernd Rendel Prize Communicator Award von Kaven-Preis Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (International) Research Training Groups Collaborative Research Centres/Transregios e-Research Technologies Licences for Digital Content Indexing and Digitisation IInfrastructure for Electronic Publications and the Digital Communication of Science Specialised Information Services Information Infrastructures for Research Data National Research Data Infrastructure Major Research Instrumentation Major Instrumentation Initiatives State Funded Major Instrumentation New Instrumentation for Research International Scientific Events Project Academies Workshops for Early Career Investigators Scientific Networks Humanities Centres for Advanced Studies Clinical Trials Priority Programmes Clinical Research Units Research Units Reinhart Koselleck Projects Package Proposals Research Grants Heisenberg Programme Emmy Noether Programme