DFG Funding „Ideenwettbewerb“

German Research Foundation (DFG)

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) is the central, independent research funding organization in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities by funding research projects at universities and other research institutions. The DFG promotes excellence by selecting the best research projects on a competitive basis and facilitating national and international collaboration among researchers. Its mandate also includes encouraging the advancement and training of early career researchers, promoting gender equality in the German scientific and academic communities, providing scientific policy advice, and fostering relations between the research community and society and the private sector.

Funding „Ideenwettbewerb“

The Ideas Competition for international research marketing is aimed at universities, universities of applied science and other (non-) university research institutions that would like to expand their international visibility and networking in the context of internationalization efforts. It focuses on ideas and activities that enhance the international visibility of core research areas of a research institution, region, or network in an exceptional manner, provide opportunities for networking and/or attract outstanding research talent for cooperation or a research visit in Germany. Research in Germany and the appeal of research in Germany should also be given international visibility. The prizes are being funded from special funds of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


Ideas Competition Awards 2020

In 2020, eight research marketing concepts were awarded prizes of 25,000 euros and 100,000 euros as well as additional digitization grants: the University of Greifswald, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Freie Universität Berlin and Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Ingolstadt Technical University, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, the University of Vechta as well as Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The ThinkGlobal project of Ruhr-University Bochum was awarded a prize of 25,000 euros. A jury of experts from the fields of international cooperation in science, communication and marketing, and science management highlighted the diverse approaches, topicality, social relevance, and scope of the project ideas within the competition.

Learn more about the award-winning concepts (press release only in German).