Information on funding opportunities
The most detailed and up-to-date information on funding formats and calls for proposals can be found on the websites of the respective funding organisations. In addition, the following service packages exist, which bundle calls for proposals for the field of economics and social sciences or deal with more in-depth topics from the field of research funding.
The newsletter of the WiSo Faculty is sent to all faculty members on a regular basis. The newsletter draws attention to current calls for proposals and relevant events. It is also possible to point out your own successes in research, for example the acquisition of third-party funds, or to provide the faculty with other information. The WiSo newsletter is sent to all faculty members at regular intervals.
The information service FIT for science provides fast and up-to-date information on the support of research and young scientists, the promotion of international scientific activities and the transfer of scientific results into practice, project financing, scholarships, science prizes, etc. In addition, current calls for proposals and targeted selection options are published in a newsletter.
Nature Career Feature
The journal Nature offers basic information and experience reports on applying for external funding in easy-to-read formats at irregular intervals. Although the focus is on the Anglo-American academic community and natural science disciplines, some interesting aspects for the social and economic sciences are also regularly included. Click here for the Nature Career Feature.
Click here for an inspiring article on what to do if an application is rejected („Failed funding applications are inevitable, but perseverance can pay dividends“).
Exemplary funding bodies in Germany
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is the central self-governing organisation of science in Germany. Its task is to provide financial support for research projects that focus on the university sector.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports the implementation of research and innovation projects within the framework of topic-specific and open topic funding programmes, especially in the context of collaborative research. This enables fundamental research to be implemented directly in practice.
Networking, excellence and innovation are at the heart of the funding programmes financed by the European Commission. Whether as individual funding or within the framework of European collaborative projects, European research funding offers excellent opportunities for your scientific work and for international networking.
The DAAD is a joint institution of German universities with the task of promoting academic relations with foreign countries, primarily through the exchange of students and scientists. It is the internationalization agency of the German universities and at the same time a "mediating organization" of Germany's European and international higher education policy.