Funding your project

Finding the right funding source

Numerous organisations provide funding for research. We provide an overview of funding opportunities on our websites to help you navigate the funding landscape in Germany, Europe and around the world.

Also, there is a wide range of internal grants for researchers at the University of Konstanz. These internal grants shall improve the working conditions at the university, support research and teaching, and help postdoctoral and senior members of the university to prepare major research projects.

Our team is happy to help you find the right funding programme for you. Subscribe to our newsletter, the Forschungsnachrichten, for information on current calls.

External funding opportunities

These are the most important funding agencies.

German Research Foundation (DFG)

The German Research Foundation (DFG) funds research projects from all disciplines. To this end, it offers a wide range of different programmes:

Proposals can be submitted any time. If you plan to apply for a coordinated programme, please contact Research Support early in the process.

Federal government

Federal ministries, most importantly the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, (BMBF) supports innovative projects and research ideas through targeted funding programmes. Its main objective is to finance the development of new ideas and technologies. Open calls for proposals can be found on the website of the Federal Funding Advisory Service (German only). Please contact us if you need any help with translation.

On this page, we have compiled some guidelines for submitting proposals to the BMBF.


European Commission

The European Commission provides funding for different European policy areas, such as research, education, social issues, culture or structural development. We provide an overview of EU funding here.

Horizon 2020, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation offers numerous opportunities for funding research projects. The focus is on large collaborative projects on predefined topics as well as excellent individual projects. Calls are published in the Participant Portal.  We will be happy to help you navigate the portal. Please also visit our information page to applying for EU funds.

Erasmus+, "The EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe" supports coooperation projects. Please visit our information page for Erasmus+.

Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg (MWK)

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) supports research and teaching at universities in Baden-Württemberg. Of particular interest to junior researchers are the Margarethe von Wrangell Habilitation Programme for Women and the Schlieben-Lange Programme for female researchers with children. The Ministry also provides start-up funding for EU projects. Usually, the university is the applicant for these programmes, so make sure to contact us early if you are interested in applying.

The MWK has closed its Junior Professor Programme with the 2016 call. 

German Academic Exchance Service (DAAD)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports the international exchange of students and scholars. Its funding programmes range from congress participation to research stays abroad and guest professorships. The DAAD supports both German nationals planning to go abroad and foreign nationals planning to come to Germany.



A number of foundations support research projects and junior researchers. An overview can be found in the database of the "Stifterverband". The major foundations in Germany are:

  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation which funds research stays for international researchers in Germany and for Germans abroad
  • Baden-Württemberg-Foundation which provides funding for junior researchers of all disciplines, as well as call-specific research and teaching projects
  • Carl-Zeiss-Foundation funds top-down collaborative research projects and research infrastructure mainly in the natural and life sciences (the funding line for early stage researchers was discontinued with the 2017 call)
  • Fazit Foundation which provides stipends for earning habilitations (a post-doctoral qualification), travel grants and publication subsidies for young researchers of all disciplines
  • Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation funds research projects, conferences, stipends, travel grants, publication and library subsidies mainly for the humanities and social sciences
  • Gerda-Henkel-Foundation supports historical humanities research through funding of research projects, travel grants, stipends, conferences and publication subsidies
  • VolkswagenFoundation provides support in the humanities and social sciences by funding research projects, symposia and fellowships.

Please see also our general suggestions for applying to foundations.

US and international funding agencies

If you are planning to apply with a US organisation, please contact us as early as possible. The University of Konstanz is registered on different platforms usually used to submit applications, such as, SAM, eRA Commons.

Databases for finding funding opportunities

The following databases can help you search for funding sources. Please note that some of them are available in German only. Let us know if you need help researching funding opportunities.