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Current Programmes

Are you looking for suitable funding for your scientific activities? We keep you up-to-date on relevant funding programmes, research prizes, and grants offered by a range of different funding institutions.

Below you will find announcements from the most important funding organizations. You can also carry out your own research over ELFI or using a different funding database. We also recommend subscribing to our funding newsletter.

Subscribe to our Funding Information NewsletterHide

Our funding newsletter in German language is published separately for three different academic areas and is sent by e-mail every week or two. The one-page newsletter  contains summaries of new and ongoing funding programmes along with new funding and international networking announcements for early-career scholars. It also includes science awards, announcements of preparatory workshops for upcoming programmes, and important information on funding.

Sign up for our funding newsletter here:


However, our newsletter is by no means exhaustive. We recommend that you also use other (e.g. subject-specific) funding information and check funding databases such as ELFI for current funding information.

If you have any questions regarding the newsletter, please contact Sabine Zühlcke.

Current Funding OpportunitiesHide

This page contains current announcements by Germany's largest research funding organizations, announcements in the European Research Framework Programme Horizon 2020, and current programmes relating to international cooperation.

Funding Database ELFI – The University of Bayreuth's SubscriptionHide

What is ELFI?

Members of the University of Bayreuth can access the ELFI funding database (Servicestelle für ELektronische Forschungsförder-Informationen/Electronic Research Funding Information System) and search through all funding opportunities free of charge. To do so, you simply have to register when you visit the database for the first time.

Announcements can be filtered by selecting fields, funding types, institutions, and national or international funding organizations using the column on the left-hand side. You can also create your own individualized search profile. ELFI displays funding institutions and programmes and provides a summary, addresses, contacts, and deadlines for each funding option. Use the "Search" function to look for key words.

How to use ELFI

Several short films on registering and using ELFI and its many functions can be found here:

The University of Bayreuth offers tutorials every year introducing the latest features of ELFI. Important dates are listed in our funding newsletter.

Setting the preferred language

You have the possibility to display all categories of the ELFI database in English. Users whose preferred language in the browser is already English will automatically receive access to the English version of ELFI. If you have chosen German as your preferred language and want to change this setting, please change the language setting of your browser. Using Mozilla Firefox, this setting can be found under: Extras / Settings / Content / Languages. In order for ELFI to appear in English in the future, you have to reload the page in your browser.

Other DatabasesHide
  • Förderdatenbank - Germany's Federal Funding Database provides a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of federal, state, and EU funding programmes.
  • EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion. This European portal offers scholars information on career opportunities in Europe.
  • EURAXESS Germany informs and advises internationally mobile researchers who are coming to Germany to engage in scholarly activities as well as scholars who would like to go abroad.
  • DAAD Stipendiendatenbank für Deutsche contains information on funding opportunities for German students, graduates, doctoral researchers, postdocs, and university teaching staff.
  • DAAD Scholarship database for international researchers: Study and research in Germany contains information on funding opportunities for international students, graduates, doctoral researchers, postdocs, and university teaching staff.
  • KoWi - The European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations publishes vacancies in academia and science management.
  • academics.de - The career portal for science and research contains vacancies and numerous tips for your academic career.
  • GAIN - The network of German scholars in North America provides an overview of funding opportunities offered by all the major research and funding organizations for transatlantic cooperation and return.
  • Stipendienlotse - The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) provides a database for researching scholarship opportunities.

Webmaster: Sabine Zühlcke

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