Research Funding

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The Research Funding division supports you in all matters relating to the acquisition of external funding.


Gero Bornefeld


Gero Bornefeld

Head of Division 4.2, Managing Director SFB


+49 241 80 94661



Are you looking for

  • suitable funding programs to realize your research ideas?
  • assistance in completing a specific project proposal?
  • training and support for funding opportunites?
  • administrative support covering all phases of your project, from the acquisition to the implementation of large-scale DFG or EU projects?

Our team at the Division of Research Funding will be pleased to assist you and will answer all questions regarding the acquisition, coordination and implementation of projects funded by third parties.

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Our newsletter which informs you on:

  • Funding possibilities offered by public funding bodies
  • HORIZON 2020 (EU research funding and support)
  • External scientific awards
  • RWTH events on the topic of research funding

The newsletter also provides you with information on RWTH-internal processes and deadlines concerning the above named topics.

Eligible to receive the newsletter are RWTH members of staff and scholarship recipients at RWTH Aachen and University Hospital Aachen who can authenticate themselves via their TIM code.

Scholarship recipients need to register, in addition, with the Identity Management System.

Finding the Right Funding Program for Your Research Idea

If you are looking for funding opportunities, you use of our overview of national and European programs and funding bodies. Furthermore, the ELFI Project Database (de) offers information on funding possibilities free of charge.

If you need advice and assistance with national and reseaqrch funding opportunities, feel free to get in touch with us!

Customized Advice on National and EU Research Funding

During the proposal writing phase we assist you in meeting all formal call requirements in compliance with the funding programs. We offer you individual advice and provide guidelines on:

The guidelines are adapted to the specific needs of researchers at RWTH Aachen University. Individual support will be provided for example via proof-reading your proposal and by offering various seminars and workshops on the topic of research funding.


Seminars and Workshops on the Topic of Research Funding

Basic training in the acquisition of third party funding for scientists can be found in our seminar program. In several customized workshops, a large number of practical exercises is included enabling you to actively present your project idea. Furthermore, we offer seminars on upcoming calls on a regular basis.

Our Service – Administrative Project Management

We offer advice and project management for EU-funded projects coordinated by RWTH Aachen University as well as consulting services for coordinated programs of the German Research Foundation, DFG for short, such as

Collaborative Research Centers - SFB
Research Units and
Graduate Research Training Groups.

We actively support our scientists from the first concept sketch to the submission of a successful proposal. During the lifetime of (EU funded) projects coordinated by RWTH Aachen University and Collaborative Research Centers (DFG) we provide support to our researchers by taking over tasks related to the administrative and financial management.

RWTH Aachen Unversity – Institutional Strategy

Institutional Strategy II at RWTH Aachen is funded through the framework of the second phase of the Excellence Initiative and gives insight into thestrategic plans at the University, which also offers useful information for your applications.

Furthermore, several funding programs have been developed by RWTH Aachen within the Institutional Strategy to support researchers in developing and implementing new ideas. For more details, please visit Institutional Strategy II: Funding Opportunities.

Facts and Figures

Statistical information on RWTH Aachen can be found on the webpages of Division 6.3 - Controlling and Information Management. Such information is often required when applying for third party funds.

Your Contacts

You can find an overview of contact persons on the webpage of our Division (see "Similar Topics").

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