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National funding programmes

Below we are presenting an initial overview of the national funding programmes in the field of national research funding by the German Research Foundation and the German government as well as a number of foundations.

The German Research Foundation is the self-governing organisation for scientists in Germany. It promotes basic research at universities and public research institutions and supports research projects in all areas of science.

The federal ministries’ funding programmes are aimed at strengthening innovation in Germany and aiding the scientific and technological performance of Germany as a location for research. As a result, the funding programmes are focused not just on basic research but also on funding applied research.

Numerous foundations provide additional funding options. A selection of these foundations is presented on the following pages