Research in Germany


Research Fundings

The diversity of sponsoring options is unique. Alongside large organizations such as the German Research Foundation (DGF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), up-and-coming scientists are also supported by numerous prominent foundations such as the Alexander von Humboldt foundation or the VW Foundation. In addition, there are also individual programmes provided by universities and extramural research establishments.

Overview of funding organizations

Research funding in Germany is provided by government bodies, various organizations, including many of the large non-university research institutions, and industry. Below please find an overview of Germany's funding organizations:

Academies of Science

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation



European Union

Federal and State Governments



German Research Foundation (DFG)

Helmholtz Association

Industrial Research Associations (AiF)

Leibniz Association

Max Planck Society (MPG)

Organizations for the Promotion of Young Talent