German Research Foundation (DFG)
The German Research Foundation (DFG) is the largest research funding organisation in Germany. It is a central self-governing body that brings together higher education institutions and research organisations. It provides financial support for research in higher education and public research institutions, but does not run any research establishments itself.
The DFG funds research in all disciplines using a bottom-up approach. That means any researcher can submit an application without any subject restrictions. DFG programmes offer a wide range of opportunities. International collaborations are possible and desired in all DFG funding programmes. Additionally, the DFG provides funds for coordination work and travel. Specific programmes focus on international cooperation. They do not only involve international research training groups, but also DFG support for the European Research Area.
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Approx. 750 employees at the DFG head office???aural:Bildanfang??????aural:Bildende???
DFG offices in Washington and New York City, Moscow, New Delhi and Hyderabat, in Tokyo and the Sino-German Center (SGC) in Beijing???aural:Bildanfang??????aural:Bildende???
Its budget is 2,327 million euros (2010) (67% from the Federal Government, 33% from state governments)
The money that the DFG distributes with the aid of a sophisticated evaluation system comes from federal and state funds and to a smaller extent from foundations. In 2010 the budget totalled 2,327 million euros.