05. October 2021

DFG Funding Atlas 2021: University of Bonn in the lead DFG Funding Atlas 2021: University of Bonn in the lead

Natural and life sciences particularly "third party-funded"

The University of Bonn continues to succeed in the competition for research funding. This is confirmed by the "Funding Atlas 2021" of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), which has just been published. It provides a detailed and clear documentation of the funding flows of public funding institutions to universities and research institutions in the period 2017-2019. In a Germany-wide comparison of DFG funding amounts, Bonn improves to 15th place.

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Researchers at the University of Bonn have received 208.5 million euros from the DFG's funds from 2017 to 2019, which is significantly more than in the 2014-2016 period (181.7 million euros). The ranking, which is differentiated by subject group, also reflects the scientific profile of the University of Bonn: In the natural sciences, it ranks fifth in the comparison with a funding volume of 61.6 million euros in the period 2017-2019, and in the life sciences, it ranks 12th with a funding volume of 88.5 million euros. In the humanities and social sciences, Bonn maintains 15th place in this ranking.

Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch is pleased with the University of Bonn's good performance: "Once again, the DFG Funding Atlas confirms our researchers' great performance in a very broad range of subjects. The results are all the more impressive when you consider that the additional funds from our success in the Excellence Strategy are not even reflected in these figures." In 2018, the University of Bonn was the only German university to have attracted six Clusters of Excellence and, as a University of Excellence, has also been receiving funding in the double-digit millions annually from the federal and state governments since 2019.

Researchers at the University of Bonn raise over 170 million euros in "third-party funding" for their projects year after year. The term "third-party funding" refers to money that universities receive from "third parties" beyond their basic funding from the state. The lion's share comes from the DFG and the federal government. To a lesser extent, the European Union and foundations fund Bonn research projects.

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