German Research Association (DFG)


The German Research Association (DFG) is the central, self-governing research funding organisation that promotes research at universities and other publicly financed research institutes in Germany.

  • The DFG funds knowledge-oriented research without stipulation of topics and utilises competition to select the best projects in terms of scientific quality.
  • The DFG funds the best scientists and academics and pays particular attention to the promotion of young researchers and equal opportunities in the German research system.
  • The DFG promotes cooperation in science – especially interdisciplinary and international cooperation – as well as the interaction of science with industry and society.
  • The DFG gives policy advice to parliaments, governments and public institutions as well as the general public on scientific issues.

An overview of the DFG’s programmes is available on the website

The DFG also funds information service providers in order to provide the research community with literature and information resources efficiently and in a way which meets the requirements appropriately.

The DFG’s wide-ranging international activities and its efforts to encourage international contacts and cooperation among researchers are summarised on its website.

The DFG devotes particular attention to the education and advancement of young researchers. Its programmes and initiatives for young researchers are summarised on its website.

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German Research Association (DFG)


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Kennedyallee 40
53175 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0)228 885 1
Fax: +49 (0)228 885 2777

Office Berlin:
Markgrafenstraße 37 (Gendarmenmarkt)
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 20 6121 0
Fax: +49 (0)30 20 6121 77