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Major Research Instrumentation Programme

Purpose of Funding

As part of the “Major Research Instrumentation” funding programme as defined in Art. 91b of the Basic Law, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is providing investment finance for proportional (50%) funding of major research instrumentation at universities. The basis is the implementation agreement on research buildings at universities, major instrumentation and national high-performance computing (AV-FGH), approved by the Joint Science Conference (GWK).

Investment projects for university research must be of particular scientific quality and have cross-regional significance. The instrumentation must be intended for use predominantly in research. In other words, the need for its procurement and use must be motivated solely by research purposes. The instrumentation is also permitted to be used in teaching and/or clinical care. These areas will not be considered in the assessment of need.

Application requirements

  1. Proposals may be submitted by government-funded universities and non-government-funded universities with institutional accreditation.
  2. Major instrumentation proposals with costs below €7.500.000 may be submitted at any time. They will be presented to the DFG in accordance with the relevant state legislation. Provision of 50% co-financing by the federal state or university is required. Please note that different regulations apply for instrumentation with costs of €7.500.000 or more (both DFG and Wissenschaftsrat head offices can provide more information on request).
  3. The university appoints a person to be responsible for the proposal. This person produces the proposal and submits it electronically via the elan portal. He or she then receives an acknowledgement of receipt. The responsible person must sign this acknowledgement of receipt and then forward it to the applicable offices within the university administration. The fully completed acknowledgement of receipt is sent back to the DFG. On receipt of the returned acknowledgement, the DFG will commence the review process.

Type and Extent of Funding

Major instrumentation is the sum of the components, including accessories, that form an operational unit for the intended application. A clear relationship should exist between the base unit (including software) and its accessories – which can include methodological and measurement-related expansions or supplements that are not directly required for operation.

The gross acquisition cost must be at least €100,000 for universities of applied sciences and at least €200,000 for all other universities.