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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 awards the best researchers with funding and, at the same time, gives them the means and freedom necessary for successful research.

One of the DFG's key objectives is the advancement of early career researchers. It therefore offers them programmes which provide appropriate support at every phase of their qualification. The DFG is especially committed to the early independence of researchers and supports the recruitment of talented scientists and academics from at home and abroad for German research.

Note on deadlines: An elan user account must be applied for at least 2 weeks before the submission deadline. Submissions without a valid account will not be considered!

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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, with a sole focus 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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Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss Innovationsausschuss

More information can be found here.


Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

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

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


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 the humanities and social sciences as well as medicine, the natural and life sciences, and engineering - all under one roof.

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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 is responsible for the development and implementation of the programme in the Clusters of Excellence funding line. Each year,  approximately €385 million is allocated to this funding line. 

With the successful application of two excellence clusters 'CIBSS - Centre for Integrative Biological Signalling Studies" and "livMatS – Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems", the University of Freiburg was able to secure a total of € 100 million in research funds over the next 7 years for the fields of biological signalling research and novel, bioinspired materials systems, commencing on 1st January 2019. The DFG press release dating 29 September 2017 can be found here.

A successful application to the Clusters of Excellence funding line is a prerequisite for application to the Universities of Excellence funding line. 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. Unfortunately, the University's application entitled "Connecting Creative Minds - Trinational, European, Global" was not approved in 2019.


German Cancer Aid

Funding opportunities for all career stages 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.



The German 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


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


Hertie Foundation

Via medMS, the Hertie Foundation promotes physicians and doctoral candidates in their research in multiple sclerosis and supports researchers in studying non-medication therapies. Information can be found here.

Robert Bosch Foundation

You can find more informations here.



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