Funding Atlas 2018

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Funding Atlas 2018

Published every three years, the DFG Funding Atlas presents comprehensive, subject-by-subject key indicators relating to publicly funded research in Germany.

Comprehensive university ranking for Germany differentiated by subject area

With analyses including detailed breakdowns by subject area, the DFG Funding Atlas is more than just a simple university ranking: it is the standard reference work on the success of German universities in obtaining third-party funding. The DFG Funding Atlas presents data on third-party funding acquisition not only from the DFG but also in the form of direct R&D funding from the federal government and through Horizon 2020. This includes both overall figures and data for individual subject and funding areas. For DFG awards, the data is also calculated in relation to staff size and analysed in a way that reflects the particular subject profile of individual institutions.

50 years of Collaborative Research Centres and research funding in a European context and worldwide

In addition to the standard data presented in the report, the Funding Atlas 2018 features special analyses on two particular topics. Firstly, to mark ‘50 years of Collaborative Research Centres’, the report presents a brief introduction to the history of this funding instrument and a number of special analyses illustrating the success of the programme. Secondly, the topic of ‘Research funding in a European context and worldwide’ looks at the position of Germany in the European Research Area and also that of the UK and the challenges associated with Brexit.

Regional success in obtaining third-party funding

Regional profiles and maps depicting them have always been a fixed analytical feature of the Atlas series. By analysing large-scale structures in the form of ‘spatial development regions’, the Funding Atlas identifies regional focuses and illustrates the networks that interconnect German research institutions and universities. The consideration of technical aspects which generally play an important role in the interpretation of research-related key indicators has also been expanded. For the first time the Atlas also considers the interdisciplinarity of research.


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Previous editions of the DFG Funding Atlas can be found in our archive.