DFG Programs


The funding measures of the German Research Foundation, summarized under the heading of “DFG Programs,” seek to enhance cooperation and structural development at and between universities. They promote national and international collaboration and facilitate the pooling of scientific resources at universities.


The programs by the German Research Foundation (DFG) promote cooperation and structural development by encouraging national and international collaboration in cutting-edge, often multi-disciplinary, research areas and by pooling the scientific potential available at a university. The involvement of other local research institutions is encouraged.


Collaborative Research Centers

Collaborative Research Centers, SFB for short, are established to strengthen and advance an innovative research focus at a selected university through the concentration and coordination of the university's resources, which makes it possible to conduct demanding long-term research projects. While SFBs are located at one university, the so-called "Transregional SFBs" (or SFB/Transregio) support the collaboration of scientists from different research institutions.

(International) Graduate Research Training Groups

DFG Graduate Research Training Groups also receive funding from the German Research Foundation. For further information on these educational institutions, which provide a well-structured qualification of doctoral candidates in a defined area of research, please visit our web pages concerend with Structured Doctoral Programs.

Research Units

A research group is composed of multiple outstanding researchers who are working together on a particular research task. The collaboration should give them the opportunity to devote their attention to current, pressing questions in their subject fields and to establish innovative work methods.

Priority Programs

Priority Programs provide support for promising research topics in order to promote advancements in cooperation and methodolody, espcially in emerging fields of research. They support multi-disciplinary collaboration and the establishment of networks between the involved researchers.


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