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Selected Funding Programmes and Foundations in Germany

Here we present an overview of funding programmes in Germany. If you have any questions regarding these programmes, please contact the Office of Research Support.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - DFGHide

The DFG's Liaison Officer at the University of Bayreuth is Prof. Dr. Anna Köhler.

Please contact us if you are planning a project in one of the DFG's coordinated programmes. Dr. David Magnus advises on applications for major instrumentation, please also refer to the respective guidelines. For applications in the Heisenberg programme please also consult our guidelines. You can always contact the Office of Research Support for any questions concerning proposals for DFG projects.

Federal Ministry of Education and Research - BMBFHide

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research's funding programmes are geared to higher education institutions, companies, large research organizations, and other research institutions. Many of the programmes focus on funding joint projects.

The prerequisites are given in the funding guidelines and current announcements of funding programmes. The application process generally consists of two steps. The second step requires an electronic application to be submitted via the "easy-Online" submission portal.

The final application (AZA-Anträge) needs to be signed by a representative of the University of Bayreuth. When preparing your proposals, please contact Dr. David Magnus of the Office of Research Support well in advance of the deadline. He can help you if you have any questions regarding BMBF programmes or the application process, and he also offers assistance with the cost calculation.

Fill-in assistance for the University of Bayreuth's applications for federal programmes: Guideline for University of Bayreuth's applications for federal programmes (bt-username required)

Federal Research FundingHide

Germany's Federal Funding Advisory Service provides valuable tips on programmes offered by the various federal ministries. Overview of current Federal Research Funding announcements.

Alexander von Humboldt-StiftungHide

Mobility funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers a wealth of funding programmes for researchers who hold a doctoral degree. It supports scientific cooperation between excellent researchers from Germany and abroad. 

The research grants and research prizes enable foreign scholars to come to Germany in order to carry out a research project of their choice together with a host and a cooperation partner.  As a scholar from Germany, you can work on a research project as a guest of one of over 28,000 Humboldt alumni around the world.

Overview of funding opportunities 

We would be happy to support you in submitting your request to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. For more information, please contact Dr. Mirjam Horn-Schott.

Become a host and encourage your international partners to apply for a Humboldt research grant to fund a research visit at your institute, or nominate a partner of your choice who is a leader in research for a Humboldt research prize. The University of Bayreuth awards a prize for successful requests as part of the UBT Humboldt-Programme.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)Hide

The University of Bayreuth's International Office advises on planning DAAD projects.

Bavarian Research FundingHide

The State of Bavaria funds Bavarian research by way of numerous institutions and programmes. The Bavarian Research and Innovation Agency in Munich and Nuremberg offers Bavarian higher education institutions and Bavarian businesses integrated advice and support, especially with technology-oriented funding programmes offered by the EU, Germany, and Bavaria. The partners of the Bavarian Research and Innovation Agency provide a wealth of information on funding opportunities and help technology transfer for scholars and businesses in Bavaria to run efficiently and transparently.

Bayerische Forschungs- und Innovationsagentur:

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Bayerische Hochschulzentren:

Bayerische Forschungsnetzwerke:

When preparing your proposals, please contact Dr. David Magnus of the Office of Research Support well in advance of the deadline.

The University of Bayreuth's Research FundingHide

The University of Bayreuth, with its focus on high quality research and interdisciplinarity, has a vested interest in its members to conduct internationally recognized research; to compete to acquire external funding; to cooperate nationally and internationally; and to participate in interdisciplinary networks at the Bayreuth location.

Therefore, the University of Bayreuth has a central scientific facility for the promotion of guest stays by scientists from abroad:

The University of Bayreuth supports top researchers by setting up professorships with varying teaching requirements and by establishing positions for coordinators of joint research. To recruit internationally renowned researchers, the University of Bayreuth funds designated visiting professorships and helps to manage personal dual career issues.

In order to further develop international cooperation with higher education and industry partners, the University has established new research platforms and maintains an environment conducive to research in Bayreuth. For this reason, the University continues to expand its existing cooperation with non-university research institutions and is taking  measures to establish new research institutions in the region.

The University of Bayreuth provides career support for doctoral candidates, Postdocs, Junior Professors and Habilitierende through a range of measures that foster their research. The University offers its members information and a wide-ranging qualification programme especially geared to the needs of early career researchers.

Funding for women scientists at all levels of qualification via the Equal Opportunities Department.

The University of Bayreuth pays particular attention to its women scholars and early-career scholars at all stages of their development. Bayreuth's Universitätsverein has been providing valuable funding since the founding of our university.

Open AccessHide

Open Access publications are scientific publications that are free of all access restrictions. Articles can be accessed online and can be read, downloaded, copied, printed, or distributed free of charge. The author keeps all rights to his or her contribution.

Scholarly articles in open access journals can be accessed quickly and easily from around the world, and they can also be easily found and distributed. Quality assurance by peer-review is carried out in the same way as it is for traditional journals.

The University of Bayreuth supports the principles of open access (the University's Open Access Strategy). A publication fund is available as an incentive for authors: article processing fees that apply to a publication in an open access journal can be covered in full.

Further information on Open Access publishing and the publication fund can be found on the pages of our University Library.

In this context we would like to make you aware of the dangers of Predatory Publishing. Detailed information can be found on the pages of our University Library.

Selected Foundations in GermanyHide

If you have any questions regarding these programmes, please contact the Office of Research Funding.

Funding of Women ScholarsHide

Appropriate representation of women scholars at all levels is an important policy objective in science. However, in the German science system, women scholars are under-represented across the board: there is not a single field in which they make up 50 % of the academic staff.

Years ago, special funding programmes were set up for women scholars. Today, higher education institutions are pledging to significantly increase the proportion of women at all levels in their academic careers.

The University of Bayreuth has set the goal of making gender equality a reality. It ensures that women scholars and students do not experience any disadvantage. A key objective is increasing the proportion of women scholars in fields in which they are under-represented.

In addition, the Equal Opportunities Department has developed a range of measures to support the careers of individual scholars.

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