The federal ministries support projects within the framework of their research programmes, which define the objectives and measures of research promotion. Calls for proposals provide information on the specific application and funding conditions, see Links and Information Services. On behalf of the federal ministries, project management agencies provide technical and administrative support for the research projects.
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF manages a good half of all the public funding provided for research projects. Both individual project funding and institutional funding are offered.
Proposals for projects are submitted either in a two-step process or in one-step process. In the two-stage process, a project outline is first reviewed and, if the decision is positive, a full proposal is submitted. The one-step process involves the direct submission and evaluation of a full proposal. In both cases, the (final) proposal must include a detailed description of the project and the “Application for Grants on an Expenditure Basis” (AZA) form. The latter must be signed by the university administration in a legally binding manner.
The Research Advising Unit assists you with all of the requirements related to AZA applications and with planning the administrative implementation of proposed projects. In particular, this includes calculating personnel costs, handling subcontracts as well as the formal information in the applications and subsequent submissions to project proposals. The AZAs are created via electronic forms, for example the easy-Online portal, for which we provide you with filling instructions with UPB-specific information in our information box..
The federal ministries primarily funds research projects involving several partners (collaborative research). The partners can be both private and public institutions. In both cases, the implementation of the project is governed by cooperation and partnership agreements. The legal advisors from the Research Advising Unit will be happy to help you draft these agreements.
Regardless of which phase of the application process you are in, we are here to answer any questions you may have and assist you with submitting your proposal. Please be sure to contact us early on in the process to ensure that the AZA applications are signed by the university administration on time.
Please provide the initial information for the application or submit drafts at least 2 weeks before the deadline.
Please provide us with final, pre-checked documents for signature 7 days before the deadline (deadline refers to outgoing mail). Please submit all documents in bundles if other attachments are required in addition to the application.