DAAD and Federal Ministry of Education and Research
(BMBF) - International Programmes
Other federal ministries
European Structural Funds
German Research Foundation
(DFG) - International Programmes
International funding is diverse and in addition to research and education funding, it also includes university cooperation programmes with non-European countries. We have compiled the main funding programmes on this site for you. We have also included some national funding programmes with international funding backgrounds in addition to the funding programmes of the European Union
The Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK) would like to increase the participation of scientists from Lower Saxony in EU funding programmes and has therefore launched the "Europa-Programm".
The following measures are eligible for funding
- measures for initiating and consolidating cooperation with the aim of forming consortia for joint applications
- measures for the preparation of EU proposals (H2020/HEU collaborative research proposals and ERC, Erasmus+, Interreg A/B/Europe, other programmes),
- activities to support engagement in EU science policy committees, in subject-related advisory activities for the EU Commission and in exploratory talks with science policy actors in Brussels,
- activities for the presentation of Lower Saxony's research strengths in Brussels,
- as well as for other measures with a focus on the European level.
Further information on the call for proposals and application can be found on the MWK website
Link to the call for proposals (in German only)
- The ERC funds excellent (junior) researchers for a period of five years.
Basic research is financed in the following funding lines:
- Starting Grants for junior researchers (2 - 7 years after PhD) with up to 1.5 million EUR
- Consolidator Grants for junior researchers (7 - 12 years after PhD) with up to 2 million EUR
- Advanced Grants for excellent experienced researchers with up to 2.5 million EUR.
Please also refer to the internal university notes for applicants.
- Horizon 2020 is the framework programme of the European Union for research and innovation in the period from 2014 to 2020.
- Marie S. Curie Individual Fellowship (IF): Scientists can apply for an IF if they have a doctoral degree or a minimum of four years’ full-time research experience after their university degree. The research topic can be chosen freely. If successful, the project is conducted in a host institution in another European country (European Fellowship) or includes a 12-month return phase to Oldenburg (Global Fellowship) alongside a stay in a non-European foreign country.
- ERDF, INTERREG und ESF in Lower Saxony: The funding of regional policy of the EU pursues the goal of strengthening economic and social cohesion within the EU. This is to be achieved by means of reduction of structural differences between the various regions and the promotion of balanced geographical development.
- European Structural and Investment Funds in Lower Saxony (in German only)
- Erasmus+ is the EU programme for general and professional education, training, youth and sports. In addition to the support of individual mobility for students and employees supervised by the International Office (IO), European collaborative projects can also be funded through:
- Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees (EMJMD)
- Strategic partnerships
- University partnerships for capacity building in partner countries
- Knowledge alliances (partnerships between universities and industry)
- Support of political processes
- Jean Monnet activities in the field of EU studies (chairs, modules, centres of excellence)
- The DFG supports collaboration with foreign partners in all its funding procedures with a wide variety of instruments. Generally, the following applies: necessary resources for international cooperation can also be requested for all types of project funding.
- International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
- Promotion of international cooperation from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD; in German only)
- The foreign-related funding initiatives of the Volkswagen Foundation serve international scientific collaboration and targeted support from institutions and projects abroad.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a wide range of research-related funding programmes and scholarships for post-doctoral academics, including research stays abroad, events and networking opportunities, guest lectureships and visits to foreign partner universities. Through these initiatives, the DAAD promotes long-term international cooperation in research and higher education.
The DAAD awards individual scholarships to outstanding academics from Germany and abroad and supports project proposals that involve several research and educational institutions. Funding decisions at the DAAD are made by independent selection committees acting in a voluntary capacity.
- Baltic Sea research and development programme - BONUS: Bonus is the “Baltic Sea Research and Development Programme” of the EU. It initiates collaborative research projects for long-term sustainable exploitation of the Baltic Sea area.
- DAAD Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.): A grant of the German Academic Exchange Service P.R.I.M.E. supports postdoctoral students of all nationalities and subjects. Funding includes a 12-month phase abroad and a six-month integration phase at a German university where the individuals being funded are employed as postdoctoral students for the entire duration of the project.
- Europe for Citizens: The aim of the Europe for Citizens programme is to bring the European Union closer to its citizens; to convey history and diversity; and to improve the conditions for the democratic participation of citizens at an EU level. The Europe for Citizens programme includes the areas of “European historical consciousness” and “democratic commitment and involvement of the public”.
- European Cooperation in Science and Technology - COST: Network activities and cooperation within and outside Europe are funded with the programme European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).
- European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (2020-2023): The mission of the programme is to promote quality language education in Europe.
- European Science Foundation - ESF: The ESF manages a variety of research instruments, ranging from 5-year programmes involving potentially hundreds of researchers to more concentrated 3-day events that explore innovative ideas and future perspectives (Exploratory Workshops).
- EU cooperation with Australia - CAESIE: The programme CAESIE (Connecting Australian European Science & Innovation Excellence) promotes research and scientific cooperation.
- EU cooperation with South-East Asia - Sustain EU-Asean: The promotion of research and the implementation of projects between Europe and the ASEAN region on the topics of climate protection, the environment, resource efficiency and raw materials are carried out with the help of the Sustain EU-Asean programme.
- The EU funding programme for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Climate Policy - LIFE+: LIFE+ is the support programme of the EU for the environment, nature conservation and climate policy.
- Health - Public health: the EU Health programme covers four areas: Healthy lifestyle, cross-border health threats, health systems, health care for EU citizens and the broader population.
- The Human Frontier Science Program - HFSP: is an international programme for the promotion of interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of the analysis of complex mechanisms of living systems. The HFSP provides worldwide scholarships for stays abroad and research aid for international/intercontinental research groups.
- Humanities in the European Research Area - HERA: HERA stands for “Humanities in the European Research Area” and is a network of research sponsors of the humanities in the European Research Area.
- Programme of the EU for territorial cooperation and cohesion - ESPON: The ESPON 2020 programme aims at promoting and fostering a European territorial dimension in the development and cooperation by providing evidence, knowledge transfer and policy learning to public authorities and other policy actors at all levels.
- Cultural and creative support programme - Creative Europe: Promoting the mobility of cultural players and of cultural work and strengthening cultural and creative industries central to the Creative Europe programme.
There are also other individual funding programmes, on which we will be happy to inform you on request.