Who funds what and how does it work, where should applications be submitted - these are important questions with regard to research funding. Research funding aims to maintain and expand scientific competences, strategic technology developments and processes with special leverage for growth and jobs. You can find the answers to these questions here.
German industrial companies as well as universities, institutions of higher education and other R&D institutions can participate in these programmes. Research collaborations between scientific institutions and companies are given priority in terms of funding. Individual researchers are supported via special funding institutions.
As a rule, the Federal Government's research funding is realised by means of direct project funding within the framework of technology-based funding programmes and in the form of non-repayable grants.
Current calls for proposals concerning specific research priorities are published in the Federal Gazette and are circulated via the websites of the funding institutions.
Project management organisations are in charge of the technical and administrative coordination of R&D funding projects. They advise applicants and accompany the implementation of the projects until they are completed.
After submission of a project outline to the project management organisation responsible for the respective subject area and comprehensive advice about the scientific and technical contents of the specialised programme concerned, the application will be formulated, evaluated based on the general funding conditions and submitted for decision. The project is to be submitted via the electronic application system "easy".
After the completion of the project, a final report is to be submitted which must contain information on how the research results will be exploited. The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) in Hanover provides reference copies of recorded research reports.