The German Research Foundation (DFG) is one of Germany’s largest funding bodies for basic research.
As a post-doctoral researcher, you are eligible to apply for individual grants offered by the DFG (material resources funding, research fellowships, etc.) and submit your proposal yourself via the DFG’s elan portal. Coordination with the university administration is not necessary for these funding applications. Upon request, however, we will be happy to advise you on the formal aspects of your proposal and provide information on how to calculate your project costs.
For DFG programmes that focus on personal research career development, such as the Emmy Noether Programme, the Heisenberg Programme and the “Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators” module, coordination with the host faculty is usually required. We will be pleased to advise you on these matters and assist you with the formal aspects (e.g. employer’s statement) of your proposal.
Proposal procedures in the DFG’s coordinated programmes (collaborative research centres, research training groups, research units, etc.) are relevant to university policy and thus must be signed by the president. The Committee for Research and Junior Academics is responsible for overseeing UPB’s proposals in the DFG’s coordinated programmes. Therefore, please be sure to contact the Research Advising Unit early on in the process. We provide text modules and give feedback on formal aspects. In addition, we coordinate the internal administrative procedures and committee participation (Committee for Research and Junior Academics, Executive Board).
Paderborn University provides funds from the “Fund for Financing Research Project Measures” in order to assist you with submitting proposals to the DFG coordinated programmes. In addition, there is also the option of applying for start-up financing for individual DFG projects; this funding is granted separately by the faculties.
Funding for Large-scale Equipment
In the DFG “Major Research Instrumentation Programme” funding programme (pursuant to Section 91b German Basic Law (GG)), large-scale equipment is financed at German state universities and private, institutionally accredited universities. The funding is provided in equal parts by the DFG and the university’s home state. Further information can be found here.
Equal Opportunities and Equality
At Paderborn University, equality strategy and family friendliness are top priorities. In this regard, UPB has already been awarded the highest rating by the DFG several times in the context of research-oriented equal opportunity standards. In addition to the institutionally good framework conditions, the DFG’s structured programmes also include the implementation of specific equal opportunity measures for the planned project as a review criterion. The team in the Office of Equal Opportunities will be happy to assist you in this process. A collection of best practices can also be found in the DFG Toolbox.
DFG Liaison Officer
In DFG programmes, the DFG liaison officer must be informed about the proposal process. The DFG Liaison Officer at Paderborn University is Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Meier auf der Heide.