Our Service for your Third-party Funded Project
Research and Innovation Services

Funding Advisory and Third-Party Funding Service

You have a project idea and are now looking for a funding opportunity? You are already planning the application for a research project and need support? You are already leading a project and have questions about the financial aspects? You are involved in a collaborative project and need a cooperation agreement? We in Research and Innovation Services are happy to advise you on the selection of the funding source, support you in the application process and assist you in the project administration.

Funding by the European Commission

Find out about the services offered by the EU Project Office, which supports you in the application and administration of all EU projects from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe and Erasmus +.

German Research Foundation

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) offers a wide variety of funding programs in individual and collaborative funding as well as for infrastructure. Find out about the services offered for your DFG project - from proposal submission to administration.

Federal Funding

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) as well as other federal ministries publish numerous announcements on research funding. We support you in the application and processing of your BMBF or federal funding project. 

State Funding

The Ministry of Culture and Science (Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft, MKW) of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as other state ministries and offices publish numerous announcements on research funding. We are happy to help you in researching, applying for and processing your state funding project.

Research Contracts

Central Unit and Research Contracts advises you on all legal issues relating to research and transfer projects. We support you in drafting and negotiating research- and transfer-related contracts. You submit your research or transfer-related contracts to us for signature.

Further Funding Organizations

We are happy to help you navigate the German foundation landscape and the offerings of the numerous other international and national funding organizations to identify potential grants for your project. We offer support from the application to the administration of the approved project.

FAQs Third-Party Funding Application and  Management

If you move to another university or research institution and want to continue your externally funded project there, this is usually possible. The following must be arranged in this case:

  • Please make an effort to obtain a declaration of readiness to take over the externally funded project by the new university/institution
  • Please obtain a letter of agreement from the third-party funding organisation
  • Submit an informal request to section 7.2 for transfer of the project to the new institution. Prepare an interim statement/proof of expenditure, if required. Section 7.2 will review this and initiate transfer of remaining funds to the funder, if applicable.
  • If personnel hired in the project are also to change, please contact section 3.2 (civil servants, scientific personnel) or section 3.3 (scientific personnel)
  • If equipment financed by the project is to be taken, please contact section 5.3 (Central Procurement).

Yes, retired professors are members of the university and are therefore entitled to raise third-party funds (§9 of the Higher Education Act). However, in order to apply for the establishment of a PSP element, retired professors generally need a confirmation from the managing director of the respective institute that the implementation of the project in the institute is approved and that the basic equipment is provided by the institute.

Here88 you can find the contact persons for the application at the different funding organizations

Here1010 you can register for our newsletter. Furthermore, you may search for calls for funding11

The Research Data Service Center supports research data management throughout the entire research process - from planning and applying for research projects to publishing and archiving research data.

In addition, you can find detailed information and assistance here:

See here for an overview of the latest information from the funding agencies on externally funded projects during the Corona pandemic

Please contact us as early as possible if you are planning to submit a third-party funding application. We will be happy to support you in the application process and obtain signatures for you.

Information on application for major instrumentation can be found here.

Information on research ethics can be found here.


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Dr. Ulrike Pag

Head of Section Research Support
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Ralf Lohse

Head of Section Third-Party Funding & Project Management
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