Funding Scope

Third-party funding acquisition by German universities

Third-party funding is an indicator of successful research for larger and smaller universities alike. The Funding Atlas 2018 reveals which institutions stand out in which subject areas.

Funding Atlas 2018

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Third-party funding, particularly from the DFG, is a commonly cited indicator of the quality of research. Because projects must go through a rigorous multi-stage review process before funding is awarded, it is a sign of the quality of the idea and the environment. However, the question as to whether an ever-increasing amount of third-party funding – associated as it is with time-consuming proposals and reviews and considerable extra workloads in processing and administration – leaves enough room for creative research still remains open.

Click on the tables to find out which universities have obtained money from the DFG and other funding organisations, how much and in which research areas.

Figure 3-2: DFG awards for 2014 to 2016 by higher education institution and research area (png)

Figure 3-3: Ratio of DFG awards for 2014 to 2016 to statistically expected values by higher education institution (png)

Table 3-3: The higher education institutions with the highest DFG awards for 2014 to 2016 – overall and by scientific discipline (xls)

Table 4-5: The higher education institutions with the highest DFG awards for 2014 to 2016 in absolute figures and relative to staff size in the humanities and social sciences (xls)

Table 4-7: The higher education institutions with the highest DFG awards for 2014 to 2016 in absolute figures and relative to staff size in the life sciences (xls)

Table 4-9: The higher education institutions with the highest DFG awards for 2014 to 2016 in absolute figures and relative to staff size in the natural sciences (xls)

Table 4-11: The higher education institutions with the highest DFG awards for 2014 to 2016 in absolute figures and relative to staff size in the engineering sciences (xls)

Table Web-23: R&D project funding from the federal government 2014 to 2016 per higher education institution by funding area (in € million) (xls)

Table Web-26: Funding in Horizon 2020 – EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014 to 2016 per higher education institution by programme section (in € million) (xls)

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