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Scientific Library Services and Information Systems (LIS)

As part of the Scientific Library Services and Information Systems programme the DFG funds projects at libraries, archives and other scientific service and information centres in Germany. The aim is to set up nationwide efficient research information systems.

Please note:

From 15 January 2021 there is a new form for all proposals in LIS programmes called “Project Description – Project Proposals in the Area of Scientific Library Services and Information Systems” (Interner LinkDFG form 53.35), which is also available via the elan portal. The old forms will still be accepted when submitting proposals during a transition period of three months.

Information about the Programme


To establish effective information services and innovative information infrastructures suited to meet the needs of the research community at German universities and research institutionsEligibility Requirements

Scientific service institutions (such as libraries, archives, media and computer centres), research institutes and scientists or academics (Ph.D. required) from any discipline working at German research institutions. As a rule, only publicly funded institutions are eligible to apply.

Proposal Requirements

The project should be of national significance for the provision of scientific literature in Germany.

Type and Extent of Funding

Funding for staff, instrumentation, travel expenses, miscellaneous costs (e.g. work contracts)

Funding Duration

Project specific

Time to Decision

Approximately 4 - 6 months

Forms and Guidelines

Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities offered by the Scientific Library Services and Information Systems Division are divided into programmes and calls for proposals.

Funding programmes are designed for the long term; as a rule, proposals may be submitted at any time and are not subject to deadlines. On the other hand, calls for proposals have a set time limit, and submissions are also requested by specific deadlines.

Acquisition and Supply

Digitisation and Indexing

Communication of Science, Research Data, eResearch

Acquisition of Complete Literary Remains and Collections

Further Information

Proposal Deadlines