Useful resources for research and investigation of suitable funding

ELFI - Database introduction video

Funding Databases


Stipendienlotse - Scholarship database of BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research): Database with more than 500 funding programmes, public as well as private offerers. Page is only available in German


EURAXESS Gemany - funding database (incoming + outgoing)

Funding Database of the Federal Government

Complete and current overview of funding programmes of the Federation, the Länder and the European Union. Issued by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, available only in German


German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. The DAAD promotes international relations of German universities with foreign countries through the exchange of students and scientists (75,000 Promoted in 2012) by more than 250 international programs and projects.

The "DAAD-country machine":

  • Study and research in Germany: DAAD Scholarship Database for foreigners to promote studies and research internships at German universities and research institutions

Funding catalogue of the Federal Government

Current information on more than 110,000 completed and still running funding projects in the area of the direct project funding issued by the federal government (BMBF, BMWI, BMU). Page only available in German.

Service - Portals


Kooperation International

Communication platform and guide for international cooperation in education and research.

The information portfolio of the portal includes comprehensive country dossiers for research and educational landscapes, detailed cluster portraits of outstanding high-tech locations, messages, appointments, events, announcements, and programs and tenders in an international context. International working actors and organisations are presented and also have the opportunity to communicate their activities even through the portal.

GEPRIS (German Project Information System)

Database of current DFG-funded research projects:



Euraxess- Researchers‘ Mobility Portal


EURAXESS is a unique European Research Area (ERA) initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services for European and non-European researchers wishing to pursue research careers in Europe. It offers access to the job market; assists researchers in advancing their careers in another European country and supports research organisations in their search for outstanding research talent. EURAXESS is a pan-European initiative, supported by 40 participating countries across Europe.

  • EURAXESS Jobs  is  a free recruitment tool with information about job vacancies, funding opportunities and fellowships throughout Europe. Posting their CV will allow recruiters to find them.
  • EURAXESS Services is a network of more than 500 Service Centres located in 40 European countries. These Centres help researchers and their families to plan and organise their move to a foreign country. This free personalised assistance helps researchers tackle issues such as accommodation, visa and work permits, language lessons, schools for their children, social security and medical care.

ECR - Early Career Researchers Central

 A central platform for early career researchers community: Funding schemes and fellowships for early career researchers

Federal "Research and Innovation" Funding Advisory Service

The Federal "Research and Innovation" Funding Advisory Service is the central point of contact for any questions concerning research and innovation funding. The centre informs potential applicants about the federal research structure, funding programmes and the persons to contact as well as about current funding priorities and initiatives.

The Federal "Research and Innovation" Funding Advisory Service is supported by the following Federal Ministries

  •     Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  •     Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi)
  •     Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
  •     Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS)
  •     Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV)
  •     Federal Foreign Office (AA)

Here you can find information about

  •     the research and funding structure of the Federal Government, Federal States and the European Commission
  •     R&D funding programmes and the persons to contact
  •     the exploitation of research results and funding for patent applications
  •     technology-based start-up companies
  •     research and innovation funding for SMEs
  •     funding for young scientists
  •     international scientific and technological cooperation

Akademia.Net - Profiles of Leading Women Scientists


In collaboration with "Spektrum der Wissenschaft", "Nature" and the German science organisations the Robert Bosch Foundation has developed a web portal for outstanding female scientists. AcademiaNet should help to identify suitable candidates for the appointment of scientific committees and leadership positions there. This should significantly increase the proportion of female executives in science.

Job Exchanges




Die Zeit – academics

Die Zeit – academics


Career platform of the „Science“ magazine


Career platform of „Nature“


ELFI - Funding Database


The weekly updated database contains a large number of cross-sectional and detailed information about approximately 8000 research funding programmes of over 3700 national and international funding authorities and provides information on 256 research and 31 cross-cutting issues.ELFI is not free of charge. GFZ has a campus license for ELFI. The use of the subscription is possible only from a computer with an IP number from the GFZ.