Funding Resources for Bavarian Researchers
This page is designed as a resource for researchers from Bavaria. Here you can find the different funding agencies pages where calls will be published. Also on this page are opportunities for mobility funding, both incoming and outgoing, funding for training young researchers, and fellowship and scholarship opportunities for PhD and graduate students from Bavaria who want to study in the other RLS regions.
Multilateral Funding for International Projects
Horizon 2020 | European Union
According to the European Commission, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. EU member states are automatically eligible to compete for funding.
Non-EU RLS partners can participate in Horizon 2020 through bilateral agreements between their home countries and the European Union. Every RLS member state has these types of agreements. These agreements vary in the type of funding the the non-EU RLS partner is eligible for. For further information on how participate as a non-EU member, please visit the regional funding page for the partner in question. Additionally, in specific instances, consortium partners in non-EU member states can receive EU funding, provided they bring a unique competence to the consortium that is not available in the EU.
Visit the Horizon 2020 page.
Bilateral Funding for International Projects
Funding for Joint Workshops | German Research Foundation (DFG) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
(Please note this call has now closed)
Value: dependant on proposal, please see below
In order to enhance the collaboration between researchers in Germany and in the state of São Paulo, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) jointly launch a call for German-Brazilian workshops. The purpose of this call is to seed collaborative activity between scientists that may lead to the development of new bilateral research projects.
Joint Brazilian-German proposals for workshops can be submitted to DFG and FAPESP until 24th February 2017.
German applicants shall submit their proposals within the programme Initiation of International Collaboration of DFG. Scientists from the state of São Paulo shall apply for specific funding considering the FAPESP programme Organisation of Scientific Meeting (“Auxílio à Pesquisa – Organização de Reunião Científica”). The scientific and organisational content of the proposal shall be identical on both sides.
Funds will be provided for travel and per diem for the scientists involved as well as for additional costs for the organisation of the workshops according to the guidelines and criteria of both organisations. Upon positive evaluation, funding of two workshops will be provided for one year from the time of grant approval, which is planned for July 2017.
Find the call here.
Find further information here.
Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) | National Science Foundation (USA) and German Research Foundation (DFG)
(Please note this call is now closed, but reopens annually in Winter)
Value: Average value has been $4 million USD, over five years
Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.
Open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF, including engineering. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. PIRE projects may vary in size and exhibit diverse forms of organization, collaboration, and operation suited to their individual needs. PIRE projects must include collaboration with foreign research partners and international research experiences for students to promote a diverse internationally competitive science and engineering workforce.
There is a partnership agreement with each of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) of Germany.
Collaboration with Investigators in Germany:
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) is partnering with the NSF PIRE Program according to Model 1 – Joint Review (Preliminary and Full Proposals). Germany-based researchers who are partners in PIRE projects may be eligible for joint funding from the DFG. All areas of research supported by the NSF are eligible. The DFG is planning to conduct a separate competition for the proposed PIRE collaborators in Germany.
Award decisions by NSF are in no way contingent upon the funding decisions of partnering agencies.
It is important to note that NSF’s particular partnerships with foreign organizations do not restrict applicants from submitting proposals with foreign collaborators from locations or support from agencies with which the NSF currently has such a partnership. Proposers are free to partner with foreign collaborators of their choice.
International Research Training Group | Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Open Call: Next deadline- ongoing, in consultation with the DFG's head office
Value: No upper limit, funding for 4.5 years, with possible renewal for a total of 9 years
International Research Training Groups are a special component of the Research Training Groups Programme, in which German universities cooperate with research institutions in other countries to offer structured doctoral programmes. Through their research and qualification programmes, Research Training Groups train scientists and academics at different stages of their careers. A key objective is to enable the timely completion of doctoral research training. As they focus on their respective core research topics, doctoral researchers also gain an overview of their research field that goes beyond their subject areas by working within the larger context of a Research Training Group. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.
An International Research Training Group is run by two small teams of professors, one in Germany and one abroad. Each team has about 5 to 10 members. The participating researchers are to have proven expertise in the Research Training Group’s main topic and in providing outstanding supervision to early career researchers. Up to 20 doctoral researchers per partner institution participate in an International Research Training Group. On the German side, about 10 to 15 of these doctoral researchers are financed by the Research Training Group.
International Research Training Groups provide opportunities for joint doctoral training programmes between German universities and universities abroad. The research and study programmes are jointly developed and supervised. The qualification programme promotes collaboration among group members and the international exchange of doctoral researchers. It therefore includes local as well as jointly held courses. Longer-term, coordinated and reciprocal research visits(one or more with an overall duration of 6 to 12 months) by doctoral researchers to the respective partner institutions are a key element of the programme. International Research Training Groups must therefore also develop suitable structures that allow participants at all locations to engage in the necessary intensive exchange.
The DFG has agreements with various research funding organisations abroad regarding applications and bilateral funding for IRTGs, such as those operated by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the National Science Foundation of the U.S.A. However, in the case of countries with which there are currently no such agreements, suitable solutions can normally be found.
Integrated International Degree Programmes with Double Degrees | German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
(Please note this call is now closed, the call for applications opens annually in June, the submission deadline is in October)
Value: please see information below
The programme supports courses of study which are offered alternately at German and foreign universities and conclude with the conferral of two national degrees (either a joint degree or double degree, conferred by both partner universities). Such degree programmes promote further internationalisation of German universities and strengthen the exchange of instructors and students. Preference is given to cooperations with China and USA.
The programme’s main funding goal is to promote the internationalisation measures of German universities and the academic mobility of German students. Consequently, German universities obtain funding to cover the cost of materials and personnel expenses directly related to planning and developing the double degree programme, preparing and advising students, for travel expenses incurred for the purpose of coordinating the programme with the cooperation partners (preparatory and working meetings) as well as scholarships for participating students.
Each cooperation agreement with partner universities must be subject-related. To establish a double or joint degree programme of identical structure with several partners, the applicant must submit a multi-partner application, providing the names of each partner and descriptions of their specific region (no more than six partners in total). As this funding programme is based on financial shortfall financing, German universities applying for DAAD funding are also required to contribute resources of their own. Funding is available for a one-year preparation phase for the planning and development of the double degree programme. Up to 10,000 Euros is available to cover structural expenses (i.e. personnel costs and materials). During this period no scholarship funding is provided. For multi-partner applications, up to 10,000 Euros may be granted to each additional partner country (max. of five additional partners).
During the funding phase, the German university can receive up to 50,000 euros/funding year, whereby a maximum of 20,000 euros can be used to pay for structural resources (personnel and materials). The funding limit can be increased to a maximum of 80,000 euros per funding year (of which a max. of 5,000 euros can be allocated to structural resources), provided the funding limit per class (at least five German students and preferably five students from a partner university) exceeds the 50,000-euro funding limit. For multi-partner applications, a maximum of 25,000 euros/funding year is granted to each additional partner country (max. of five additional partners), of which 5,000 euros can be used to cover costs of structural resources (personnel and materials). Funding is initially awarded for a period of two years. This can be extended by two years, followed by an additional four years, after which subsequent funding of up to four years may be applied for.
International Study and Training Partnerships | German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
(Please note this call is now closed)
Value: Dependent on the country of the partner institute
This programme is targeted at German universities which intend to establish or continue international academic and training partnerships between individual departments/faculties and foreign universities. On the basis of cooperative university agreements, the programme funds groups of highly qualified German and international students who wish to complete part of their degree programme at the partner university and receive full recognition of their academic achievement abroad. Credit-transfer agreements and joint development of curricula should create a solid foundation for long-term mutual exchange.
The ISAP programme does not fund partnerships with universities in EU countries (as other EU mobility programmes work to achieve similar goals) or dual-degree projects (which are exclusively funded through the DAAD programme “Integrated International Dual Degree Programmes”).
As a rule, this programme provides students scholarships to complete a one or two-semester foreign study visit as part of the university cooperative agreement. Funding for personnel and domestic resources (language courses) are restricted to a maximum of 3,000 euros in total per academic year. Research projects and dissertations are not eligible for funding through ISAP.
Unilateral Funding for International Projects
Research Grants | German Research Foundation (DFG)
Open application: Proposals may be submitted at any time
Value: Project dependent
Research grants, or ''Sachbeihilfe'', enable individuals who have completed their academic training to conduct at any time research projects with clearly defined topics and durations, regardless of the subject. Qualified researchers (as a rule, those holding a doctorate) from all disciplines working at German research institutions are eligible to apply for a research grant. Researchers working at institutions which serve purely commercial purposes or those who are not permitted to publish findings in a generally accessible form are not eligible to apply. The proposal is required to be for a research project of high scientific quality and originality, carried out at an international level.
Incoming Mobility Funding
Bringing RLS-Sciences colleagues to Bavaria
Bavaria-Québec Program for Short-Term Research Missions | Bavarian Research Alliance and Fonds de recherche du Québec Nature et technologies
Call open two times annually
Value: individual per programme and applicant
The objectives of this program for short-term missions are to promote international mobility between Quebec and Bavaria and to foster sustained cooperation between researchers from Bavaria and Quebec in specific research areas, including aerospace. The bilateral aspect of this program funds research visits from universities and research institutions in Québec for a period of one to three months at a university or research institution in Bavaria.
Gastdozentenprogramm | DAAD
Open Call: Deadline 15 January, 2018
Value: dependent on salary and length of stay- please see below
The Foreign Guest Lecturer Program ("Förderung ausländischer Gastdozenten zu Lehrtätigkeiten an deutschen Hochschulen") serves to enhance the internationalization of the German higher education institutes and improve the international dimension of teaching. The two models of this program differentiate between an agreement with an individual guest lecturer or with a Visiting Chair which contributes guest lectures on a consecutive basis. The cooperation should result in the internationalization of courses and, in the case of a Visiting Chair, more structural measures for sustainable internationalization, which could be embedded in the development of a study program.
The teaching commitment should approach but is not required to be the equivalent of a standard lecturer position at a German university. A financial contribution by the higher education institution to the salary of the guest lecturer of at least 10% (or 30% in the case of a visiting Chair) is preconditioned. Additional financial support will be considered positively during the selection process. The remaining 90% (or 70%) will be funded by DAAD. In addition, mobility support and funding towards conference participation is available. The salary for professors in Bavaria can be found in category W of the standardized tables for the public service.
Find further information or apply here
Bringing RLS-Sciences students to Bavaria
Stipend and Support Program for International PhD Candidates and PostDocs | German Federal Foreign Office and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Open Call: Deadline 13 November, 2017
Value: Up to € 25,000 per university per year, for a maximum of three years
The Stipend and Support Program for International Doctoral Candidates and PostDocs / "Stipendien- und Betreuungsprogramm für ausländische Doktoranden und Postdoktoranden" (STIBET Doktoranden), which is funded by the Federal Foreign Office, aims to support the development of tailored measures which are to be integrated within a supervision concept. The funding for teaching and research assistants aims to integrate the international doctoral candidates and young researchers in the German institute of higher education and to gain teaching and research experience.
The funding for support and supervision for STIBET Scholars aims to provide general and subject-related support for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows. This funding is to be used to contribute to the orientation of the foreigners within their studies, at the university and at the location; to the subject-related supervision of their studies or research stay; to inform them about Germany; to bring them in contact with the members of the university and German residents; to exchange ideas about their home countries; and to prepare them to return to their home countries. Additionally, there are multiple scholarships available to the international doctoral candidates attending the German university.
The scholarship funding is to be used towards the following goals:
RISE Professional: Research Internships in Science and Engineering | German Federal Foreign Office and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Open Call: Deadline 15 December, 2017
Value: Maximum of €500/month, plus travel allowance and insurance; funding for a maximum of three months
RISE Professional offers summer research internships in Germany to Master’s and Ph.D. students from North America at companies and non-university research institutions with strong relations to industry. The program is open for students in the field of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering or a closely related field.
All participants receive a scholarship from DAAD and an additional stipend from their host company/institution to help cover living expenses. Funding is possible for a period of three months in summer or fall. Geman language requirements vary according to the internship placement. Recent graduates are not eligible to apply (all applicants have to be enrolled during the time of the internship).
Study Visits / Seminars for Groups of Foreign Students to Germany | German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Call open three times annually: 1 February for travel from 1 June; 1 May for travel from 1 September; and 1 November for travel from 1 March
Value: 50€ per day per participant, plus other costs (please see below); funding available for a maximum of 12 days
The DAAD funds Study Visits and Study Seminars and Practicals in the Federal Republic of Germany, financed by the Federal Foreign Office, for groups of foreign students under the direction of university teachers. The main goals of the programme are:
• to establish and cultivate contacts between German and foreign universities,
• to impart subject-related knowledge by arranging corresponding visits at not less than two German universities, subject-related tours and information meetings (Study Visits) respectively by organising subject-related seminars and practicals in the field of higher education (e.g. specialist courses, block seminars, workshops) at the invitation of a German university which is then also responsible for arranging seminars and practicals in academia, business and industry and, possibly, in public institutions (Study Seminars and Practicals),
• to encourage subject-specific contact with German students and researchers,
• to enable foreign students to gain a better understanding of economic, political and cultural life in Germany. Preferable are subject-related activities. This part of the visit must not make up more than one third of the stay.
Applications are open to university teachers from public and state-recognised German universities (Study Seminars and Practicals) or from foreign universities (Study Visits). Annual funding for applicants, departments or institutes is not possible. A maximum of one application every second calendar year can be considered per department, institute and applicant. Funding can be provided for Study Visits and Study Seminars and Practicals of students who are enrolled in their second semester or higher in a degree programme at a foreign university and who travel under the guidance and direction of a university teacher.
1. Study Visits
A) Lump sum-financed for groups from EU countries, Canada, and the United States:
The trip must be independently organised and carried out by the group respectively by the university teacher who submitted the application. The DAAD pays a lump sum of 50 euros per person and day.
B) Organised by the DAAD for groups from other countries:
The DAAD plans the programme design. Wishes and preferences stated in the programme description and in the schedule will, as far as possible, be taken into consideration. However, it is likely that cuts or changes will be made to the programme due to decisions reached by the selection committee. The DAAD provides a travel guide fluent in the agreed group language who is responsible for the smooth running of and compliance with the programme drawn up by DAAD Head Office. The DAAD pays the subsistence costs (meals and accommodation) for the group (including for the group leader) during the funded period.
2. Study Seminars and Practicals (applies to groups from worldwide) The DAAD grant is provided in the form of project funding through payment of a flat-rate sum of 50 euros per participant and day in order to subsidise the group’s travel and subsistence costs
Groups must be made up of at least 10 participants and must not, as a rule exceed 15 persons. One university teacher has to accompany the group and may additionally be funded. Study Visits and Study Seminars and Practicals should last no less than 7 days. Funding is available for a maximum of 12 days (including travel days), although the stays may last longer.
The DAAD does not pay any international travel costs, but does take out health, accident and public/private liability insurance for each funded group.
Visiting RLS-Sciences colleagues outside of Bavaria
Bavaria-Québec Program for Short-Term Research Missions | Bavarian Research Alliance and Fonds de recherche du Québec Nature et technologies
Call open two times annually
Value: individual per programme and applicant
The objectives of this program for short-term missions are to promote international mobility between Quebec and Bavaria and to foster sustained cooperation between researchers from Bavaria and Quebec in specific research areas, including aerospace. Applications are open to researchers (PostDoc or higher) at Bavarian universities or colleges which are planning a research visit in Québec of between one and three months. The research partner must be employed by university or research institute in Québec.
Sending Bavarian students to RLS-Sciences colleagues outside of Bavaria
Programme to Increase the Mobility of German Students | German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Application period open between 5 October 2017 to 13 November 2017
Value: Dependent on the applying university- please see below; funding is given for six months
This program provides stipends for visits abroad for a period of up to six months allowing for an increase in the mobility of German students, including doctoral candidates. This provides higher education institutes with the opportunity to prioritize international mobility of their students and to offer them a variety of mobility measures with fitting funding instruments. This program should also offer students the opportunity for a stay abroad which is outside of the framework of the structured DAAD funding programs.
During the period from January 1 - December 31 of the year following the application activities worldwide may be funded in the form of partial stipends (for study abroad), support for travel costs (for study tours), course fees and subsidies towards tuition and costs of living for:
The institutes can apply for a one-time lump sum supervision grant of € 250 per supported scholar; the total of the supervision grants is not to exceed ten percent of the total funding.
RLS-Sciences Mobility Funding
Open application: deadline ongoing
Value: dependent on research stay
Graduate students who are registered at a Bavarian university, and part of the RLS-Global Campus Aerospace project are eligible to apply for mobility funding at BayFOR to perform a research stay in one of the six RLS-Sciences partner regions of Bavaria during the course of their PhD. Please contact (Ms.) Dr. Florence Gauzy at wks(at)bayfor.org