Research funding in Germany is provided by government bodies, various organisations, including many of the large non-university research institutions, and industry. Below you will find a list of German funding organisations.
Overview of Funding Organisations
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes research collaborations between excellent foreign and German researchers. It awards over 700 research scholarships and research prizes every year.
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The DFG is the largest research funding organisation in Germany. It supports research in higher education and public research institutions, but does not run any research establishments itself.
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The European Union funds research in a variety of ways. These include not only Framework Programme measures and the European Research Council’s support for basic research, but also the funding of interchange between European countries.
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More than two-thirds of the annual funds invested in research come from industry. Companies either conduct research themselves or collaborate with research partners.
Public and private foundations enable research through the provision of funding. The range of different foundations is very wide.
The Leibniz Association brings together over 80 research institutions working in many different disciplines. It offers many interesting opportunities for doctoral students and senior researchers.
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