Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Abbreviation DFG
Predecessor NG
Formation 1951
Purpose/focus Science funding in Germany
Location Kennedyallee 40, 53175 Bonn, Germany
Region served Germany
Official languages German
President Dr Matthias Kleiner
Main organ General Assembly
Website DFG

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; English: German Research Foundation) is an important German research funding organization and the largest such organization in Europe.



The DFG supports research in science, engineering, and the humanities through a large variety of grant programmes, prizes and by funding infrastructure. The self-governed organization is based in Bonn and financed by the German states and the federal government. Only Germany's leading research universities are members of the DFG.

Site of DFG in Bonn, Germany


In 1937, the Notgemeinschaft der Wissenschaft (NG) was renamed the Deutsche Gemeinschaft zur Erhaltung und Förderung der Forschung ("German Association for the Support and Advancement of Scientific Research"), for short known as the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). By the end of World War II in Germany, in 1945, the DFG was no longer active. In 1949, after formation of the Federal Republic, it was re-founded as the NG and again from 1951 as the DFG.[1] [2]


The DFG is a member of the International Council for Science and has numerous counterparts around the globe such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Science Foundation (USA) and the Royal Academy (UK).

The DFG has several representative offices in Asia, North America and Europe and also maintains the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion, which was jointly founded by the DFG and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

See also

  • Greenpilot
  • Virtual Library of Musicology


  1. ^ Hentschel, 1996, Appendix A
  2. ^ Heilbron, 2000, pp. 90-92.


  • Heilbron, J. L. The Dilemmas of an Upright Man: Max Planck and the Fortunes of German Science (Harvard, 2000) ISBN 0-674-00439-6
  • Hentschel, Klaus, editor and Ann M. Hentschel, editorial assistant and Translator Physics and National Socialism: An Anthology of Primary Sources (Birkhäuser, 1996)

External links

Video clips

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.