The financing of research and the means of obtaining research funds are almost as varied as the German research landscape itself, whether the funding is provided by the federal or state governments, industrial firms or foundations, whether it concerns institutional or project support, basic financing or third-party funds, or national or EU resources. Government ministries, such as the Federal Ministry of Education and Research or the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, play a key role in the funding of research by the German government. Among other measures, they initiate funding programmes to provide targeted support for projects seeking to implement innovative – and above all – practical ideas that address current social or economic challenges. The European Union, with its framework programme for research and innovation and other support measures under the European structural, social and regional development funds, is another important funding body.
Our employees explain the content of the funding programmes we manage and indicate how relevant applications for funding must be structured. They also explain who is eligible for funding and under which conditions, and provide advisory services in the establishment of project networks. Moreover, we organise informative and networking events with relevance to particular programmes – even worldwide. In many areas, our employees act as contact points to submit applications for funding.
The DLR Project Management Agency is interdisciplinary – the broad spectrum of topics we cover and our experts from a variety of specialist fields therefore meet the requirements of interdisciplinary research funding. This allows us to provide you with ideal advice and recommend the funding programmes that meet your requirements.