Our Funding Portfolio at a Glance

Looking for a grant? Then use our search device to find the matching funding opportunity for your research proposal. Please note: As the foundation is realigning its funding strategy as of 2021, some funding offers will end, others will be readjusted - and there will be new funding measures.



all disciplines
innovative measures for science communication
up to 150.000 Euro
up to 1,5 years

(intl. research projects)

humanities, cultural and social sciences (lead); natural, life, data and technological sciences possible
international research projects and summer schools
up to 1 million EUR for 3 partners, up to 1.2 million EUR for 4 partners, up to 1.5 million EUR for 5 partners
up to 4 years

apply anytime

all subject areas
preparation and storing of research data

Apply Anytime

all subject areas
outstanding academics conducting research in innovative and interdisciplinary fields

(short proposals)

all disciplines
concepts for the broadening of perspectives
up to 800,000 Euro (first phase); up to 200,000 Euro (second phase)
university professors three to five years after taking up their first tenured professorship
Natural sciences, engineering sciences, life sciences
Workshop participation incl. travel expenses, research projects

Currently no application, program is being revised

humanities and cultural studies, theoretical social sciences
research projects; funding of a teaching substitute
up to 250,000 or 350,000 Euro
up to 1.5 years

(online consultation: Nov. 28. and Dec. 1, 2022)

humanities, cultural studies and social sciences
funding of a substitute professorship
up to 18 months
professors who want to write an extensive scholarly treatise

A new call for applications is planned for spring 2023

Humanities, cultural and social sciences (lead); Cooperation with natural, life, data and technical sciences possible
(1) international cooperation projects; (2) national cooperation projects; (3) (inter-)national summer schools
(Inter-)national research groups, inter- and transdisciplinary teams possible
All disciplines
Innovative pioneer projects for the (German) research system
up to 500,000 Euro
PhDs, professors and academic administrators at German universities and research institutes

project outlines can be submitted at any time

all disciplines
inter- and transdisciplinary as well as (inter)national research projects
up to 500.000 Euro
(inter)national research groups, inter- and transdisciplinary teams possible

deadline for draft proposals: submission any time

all disciplines
visionary projects from the field of basic research
up to 500,000 Euro
post-doctoral researchers and professors at German universities and research institutes; inclusion of international cooperation partners possible

(12 pm CET)

Natural Sciences, Engineerings Sciences and Mathematics (call 2023)
research projects
research cooperations between researchers from Lower Saxony and Israel

(call: "Systems of Assessment and Evaluation in Science")

disciplines conducting research on research
research projects adressing the topic of the current call "Systems of Assessment and Evaluation in Science"
up to 1.5 million Euro
disciplines conducting research on research
summer schools and workshops
events aim to address young researchers in Germany
all disciplines
workshops at the conference center Xplanatorium Herrenhausen Palace, Hannover