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Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports innovative projects and ideas in research through targeted funding programmes.

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German Research Foundation (DFG)

The DFG is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities. In organisational terms, the DFG is an association under private law. Its membership consists of German research universities, non-university research institutions, scientific associations and the Academies of Science and the Humanities.

The DFG receives the large majority of its funds from the federal government and the states, which are represented in all grants committees. At the same time, the voting system and procedural regulations guarantee science-driven decisions.

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Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg (MWK)

Funding by the state extends to both internationally competitive basic research and applied research at universities and non-university research institutions

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Baden-Württemberg Foundation

The Baden-Württemberg Foundation invests in the development of sustainable ideas, technologies and products. The focus is always on socially, economically and ecologically important topics.

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Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation

The Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation promotes medical science and supports medical-humanitarian projects.

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Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.

An overview of all funding programmes for researchers can be found here.


Ministry of Rural Affairs, Food and Consumer Protection Baden-Wuerttemberg

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Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)

The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies is the international research college of the University of Freiburg. As an integral part of the university, the Institute unites under its roof the humanities and social sciences as well as medicine, the natural and life sciences, and engineering.

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Germany’s Excellence Strategy

The Excellence Strategy consists of two funding lines: 1. clusters of excellence for the project-based funding of internationally competitive fields of research in universities and university networks, and 2. universities of excellence to strengthen universities as institutions and university networks in the long term and further develop their leading international role on the basis of successful clusters of excellence.

The DFG will be responsible for the development and implementation of the programme in the Clusters of Excellence funding line. Each year, a total of approximately €385 million will be provided for this funding line. In its third meeting on 27 - 28 September 2017, the Committee of Experts for the Excellence Strategy took a first decision in the Clusters of Excellence funding line by giving 88 draft proposals the permission to enter the full proposal-phase. The University of Freiburg has been invited to submit two full proposals in the “Clusters of Excellence” funding line. The press release of the University of Freiburg can be found here.
The final funding decision for Clusters of Excellence will be made on 27 September 2018 by the Excellence Commission. Funding for the new Clusters of Excellence will begin on 1 January 2019. The DFG press release from 29 September 2017 can be found here.

Success in the Clusters of Excellence funding line is a prerequisite to applying to the Universities of Excellence funding line, which will be conducted by the German Council of Science and Humanities. Universities must have attained funding for at least two Clusters (or a minimum of three Clusters for university consortia) to compete in the Universities of Excellence funding line. Proposals must be submitted by 10 December 2018. The proposals will then undergo review, with final funding decisions for Universities of Excellence to be made on 19 July 2019. This procedere will be administered by the German Council of Science and Humanities.


German Cancer Aid

Funding opportunities for all career levels in the field of cancer research/oncology can be found here.
An overview of current tenders can be found here.


Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation supports research projects in all disciplines. In the context of changing funding initiatives, it gives science specific impulses.

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

You can find an overview of all DAAD programmes here.



TheGerman National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina offers a postdoc-scholarship as part of a funding programme to support selected scientists in their professional development. The funding programme is open to outstanding young scientists under 36 years with a doctorate in natural sciences and medicine. Detailed information can be found here.
Submission deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.


Head and Neck Tumour Research Foundation

  • Funding of projects for the therapy of tumours in the head and neck area including the neurocranium and childhood diseases. Further information can be found here.
    Submission deadline: 01.08. each year
  • In 2018, the Foundation will again announce research funding projects focusing on etiology, pathogenesis or therapy of tumours in the head and neck area, including the neurocranium and childhood diseases.
    The focus of the funding is on start-up financing, especially for researchers or research groups on the way to possible more extensive applications and larger funding instruments. As a rule, individual grants range between 20,000 and 40,000 euros per research project.
    Applications can be submitted electronically to and/or .
    Submission deadline: 01.08.2018


Fritz Thyssen Foundation

At present the foundation is focusing its support on the field of “Molecular causes in the development of illnesses”.  This programme supports molecular biological studies of illnesses whose development is based on genetic defects or with which gene variants contribute to the development of complex illnesses. Information can be found here.
Submission deadline: 15.02. und 15.09. each year