Our Services for Your BMBF/Federally Funded Project

We assist you with BMBF and federally funded projects, all the way from proposal submission and project implementation to conclusion of your project. Find current federal funding opportunities and contact us to discuss your proposal. We look forward to helping you!

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Information on University of Bonn research projects that have received or are currently receiving BMBF or other federal funding is available here.


We can assist you at all points in the proposal process — from initial consultation to submission. Please contact us early in the process if you are planning a specific proposal. We would be happy to answer any questions about BMBF proposals or completing the proposal form for expenditure-based grants (AZA).


We would be happy to organize a kick-off meeting between the project leaders and all relevant departments (Human Resources and Finance) before your proposal is submitted. This will allow you to clarify any unanswered questions about your project in a single meeting.

  • General information on funding by BMBF/other federal authorities
  • Information based on your individual needs
  • Calculation of personnel costs
  • Review of proposal eligibility and requirements


Please send your proposal for an expenditure-based grant (AZA) to us first. We will be happy to assist you with completing the form before you submit it to the project-executing organization.


Your expenditure-based grant proposal (AZA) will be reviewed by University management before signing and any outstanding issues discussed with you. Please email us a draft, including annexes, for review at least 14 days before the proposal submission deadline.

Your contact for funding advice

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Lisa Utsch


+49 228 73-54181

After Approval

Once your project has been approved, we would be happy to arrange a kick-off meeting to start your project where project-related information can be exchanged and project leadership and project management can get to know each other. We provide support for all aspects of project management so that you can focus on your research.

Our services for third-party funded projects:

  • Contacts for project-executing organizations and project leaders at the University of Bonn
  • Requests for funds and controlling
  • Assistance with preparing the numerical section of the financial statement

Important information on the implementation of BMBF/federally funded projects

For funding from federal ministries, approval is normally not granted directly by the funding provider. This is generally the responsibility of the project-executing organization, which handles project administration for the BMBF/federal agencies during the approval period and is the first point of contact for project leadership and the University administration. Project-executing organizations for the BMBF, for example, usually are DESY, DLR, FZJ, GSI, KIT, PTJ, VDI, etc.

As a rule, the approval notification is received by both the project leadership and the University administration. After acceptance of the approval notification by the project leadership, Section 7.2 will set up a project account specifically for this project. The project leadership will be given information about the WBS element, the responsible project manager, and other parameters to be taken into account.

The University of Bonn must confirm receipt of the approval notification and acknowledge the conditions in writing. This confirmation will be issued and signed by Section 7.2 after consultation with the project leadership. By signing the confirmation, the University of Bonn acknowledges the funding provider’s funding conditions. It is important for the project leadership to be familiar with the complete funding approval, including any ancillary provisions.

Special ancillary provisions that are an individual component of the funding approval must also be observed. These can include, for instance, special approval requirements for individual trips, etc.

The overall financing plan is an important component of the approval notification. It is based on application information provided by the project leadership and any changes made by the project-executing organization. It contains the individual expense items and the respective funding amounts for the third-party funded project. The funding amount for each expense item is always final.

  • Between items:

If money is saved for an expense item, another expense item may be overdrawn by up to 20 percent of its total funding amount as per the overall financing plan without involving the project-executing organization. Blocked amounts do not apply to the calculation.

 If the expense item will be overdrawn by more than 20 percent, a formal reallocation of funds and thus a change in the overall financing plan must first be requested from the project-executing organization. The project leader will send a corresponding informal reallocation request that includes the following information:

  • what amount will be moved
  • from which item
  • to which item

Section 7.2 will sign the request and forward it to the project-executing organization.


  •  Special feature for “Item 850 – equipment list”:

Since most grant approvals for federal funds include an equipment list, any overdraft for Item 850 must always be coordinated with the project-executing organization in order to change the equipment list. The project leader will send a corresponding informal reallocation request to Section 7.2, which will sign the request and forward it to the project-executing organization.

The financing plan is always changed and announced by sending a change notice to the project leader and Section 7.2.

Requests for funds are created automatically by Section 7.2; the amounts are based on the project (personnel) costs for past months. Section 7.2 will send the form directly to the project-executing organization. The project leadership will receive a copy for the record (via email).

As a rule, it can be assumed that the payment request will be granted in full. In case this does not apply, Section 7.2 will notify the project leadership of any deviations.

Special feature: last request for funds for the year, see No. 8

Special feature: last request for funds before the end of the project, see No. 10

Incoming federal funds that are not spent in a timely manner (as a rule, within 6–8 weeks) are subject to interest of 5 percent above the base interest rate. Since Section 7.2 requests the funds in a careful and conservative manner, there are hardly any interest charges during the year. However, this issue often comes up at the end of the year due to very high cash balances in the project account (see No. 8). These cash balances should be avoided by planning expenditures carefully.

Interest charges cannot be charged to the project account; they must be paid from another institutional account to be specified by the project leadership.

Funding approvals for federal funds require fixed full-year approvals. The total project amount is divided, with a fixed sum allocated to each year of the project term.

 The funds provided for a specific year are subject to validity of one year and are not carried over to the following budget year; if funds are not spent, the overall approved amount will be reduced. To prevent such reduction, the project leader can make a request to alter the provision of funds. In principle, this request is done informally, but must include a technical explanation (why are funds not spent as originally planned and what impact may this have on achieving the project aim by end of project term).

 The due date for the alteration request of fund provision is determined by the project-executing organization and listed on the approval notification.

 The project leader sends the request to Section 7.2, which will sign and forward it to the project-executing organization.


  • Overdraft of the annual funding amount:

Overdrawing the annual funding amount does not create an issue. The University will finance any overdrawn amounts.


  •  Under-usage of the annual funding amount:

Problems may arise if approved annual funds are not needed or not spent during the respective budget year. Unrequested amounts will fundamentally lapse, and will no longer be available for the project. Therefore, Section 7.2 calls for 100 percent of the approved annual funds in order to avoid a shortage of funds in future years (e.g. for personnel payments). However, this can lead to high cash balances at the end of the budget year, which cannot be spent in a timely manner and will then lead to interest charges by the project-executing organization (see No. 7).

 Section 7.2 urgently recommends creating a projection in June/July of the ongoing budget year for the remaining funds needed in the ongoing year, so that any fund reallocations can be requested from the project-executing organization early on for future budget years.

 The project leader will send a corresponding informal request to the project-executing organization through Section 7.2. The earlier such a request is sent, the greater is its chance of success. Fund reallocation requests made in November/December are refused in most cases.

All requirements and regulations for awarding contracts also apply to third-party funded projects and thus also federally funded projects.

In the event of any questions, the employees in Section 5.3 (Central Acquisitions) will be happy to help you. 

When awarding research and development contracts (R&D contracts) to domestic private-sector companies, the BMBF’s sample contract must always be used. A corresponding template can be downloaded from the BMBF homepage and/or the responsible project-executing organization’s page. Please contact the Research Contracts unit in Research and Innovation Services about all contract-related matters (responsible for managing all R&D contracts).

For other contracts, the obligations stated in the BMBF approval notification must be part of all R&D contracts. For R&D contracts with compensation of more than €100,000 for contractors not already explicitly named in the application, written approval must be obtained from BMBF before the contract is awarded. To this end, the project leadership will send an informal letter directly to the project-executing organization via Section 7.2.

 Please note:

Section 5.3 must always be involved with all contracts valued at > €500.00 (before tax, for newer projects > €3,000 before tax). Even if an offer has already been obtained from the company in the application process for calculation purposes and this item was included in the financing plan, conducting an award procedure is still required. In the event of any ambiguity, please contact Section 5.3 in advance.

Ideally, the project leadership should request any necessary extension from the project-executing company through Section 7.2 very early on, and should include the changed expense plan as an appendix to the request.

Die Zwischennachweise erstellt Abteilung 7.2 und leitet dem Projektleiter eine Ausfertigung zur Kenntnisnahme zu. Der Projektleiter lässt der Abteilung 7.2 im Bedarfsfall ergänzende Unterlagen zum Zwischennachweis (z.B. Beleglisten, Auslandsreiseaufstellungen etc.) zukommen. Der Zwischennachweis ist i.d.R. jeweils zum 30.04. (in Ausnahmefällen zum 28.02. oder zum 31.03.) eines jeden Jahres fällig.

Der Zwischenbericht sollte vom Projektleiter innerhalb der Abgabefrist direkt an den Projektträger übersandt werden.

Die Verwendungsnachweise (= einmaliger Endnachweis über die gesamte Projektlaufzeit) müssen innerhalb von sechs Monaten nach Ende der Projektlaufzeit beim Projektträger vorliegen (Ausnahme Rentenbank, EXIST-Gründerstipendium: hier innerhalb von 3 Monaten). Hierzu werden von Abteilung 7.2, auf Basis der vorgenommenen Buchungen, der Verwendungsnachweis und die Belegliste erstellt und an den Projektleiter versendet. Die Belegliste ist vom Projektleiter um Erläuterungen zu Reisekosten, Personal, und Investitionen zu ergänzen. Der Verwendungsnachweis wird dann vom Projektleiter abgezeichnet und Abteilung 7.2 - spätestens 6 Wochen vor Ende der Vorlagefrist beim Geldgeber – vorgelegt. Abteilung 7.2 nimmt in Zusammenarbeit mit der universitätsinternen Prüfstelle eine Prüfung des Verwendungsnachweises vor, versendet die Unterlagen an den Projektträger und lässt dem Projektleiter eine Durchschrift des finalen Nachweises für dessen Unterlagen zukommen.

Der Sachbericht sollte vom Projektleiter innerhalb der sechsmonatigen Abgabefrist direkt an den Projektträger übersandt werden.

Die Geldgeber bzw. Projektträger übersenden nach Prüfung des Verwendungsnachweises eine abschließende Mitteilung an Abteilung 7.2 und Projektleiter. Abteilung 7.2 sendet den Vordruck „Empfangsbestätigung“ nach Rücksprache mit dem Projektleiter zurück.

Sind nach Projektende auf dem Projektkonto noch Restmittel vorhanden, müssen diese umgehend an den Geldgeber zurück überwiesen werden.

Werden vom Projektleiter geltend gemachte Ausgaben vom Geldgeber als nicht zuwendungsfähig eingestuft und entsteht hierdurch auf dem Projektkonto ein negativer Kassenbestand, so ist dieser aus alternativen Mitteln des Projektleiters auszugleichen.

With regard to BMBF and other federal funding, the project-executing organization demands fair and reasonable accounting of annual special payments for employees working on the project.

For 2020, a fair and reasonable transfer of funds for the annual special payment was performed for research associates. Starting in 2021, a fair and reasonable transfer of funds for the annual special payment will also be performed for employees of third-party funded projects who are not research associates.

 Until 2019, the so-called 1/12-rule applies when accounting for an amount pro rata.

 Fair and reasonable accounting means that e.g. for employees working on the project for a period of four months, an amount for four months is factored in pro rata. As soon as an employee works one day a month, the employee is entitled to a Christmas bonus for that month pro rata.  The billable amount will be calculated by Section 7.2 manually. Taking the difference between October and November salaries as the base, the amount is calculated by dividing by 12 and multiplying by the number of months of working on the project.

 As the annual special payment is currently booked with the WBS element funding the employee in November, use of the 1/12-rule described above can result in discrepancies between the interim report/financial statement and the actually booked amounts in the project. Negative cash balances must be evened out by the project leader. In case of positive cash balances, the respective amount will be credited to the project leader’s WBS element.

In case of any questions or discrepancies, we ask the project leadership to please contact the respective project manager in Section 7.2.

 In case of further problems, Sarah Golla (73-7520, golla@verwaltung.uni-bonn.de), responsible for national funding, or Ralf Lohse (73-7286, lohse@verwaltung.uni-bonn.de), Head of Section 7.2, will be pleased to help.

Your contacts in Third-Party Funding & Project Management

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Sarah Golla

I would be happy to assist you with any questions about BMBF-Projects for biology and chemistry.

+49 228 73-7520

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Tobias Bangemann

I would be happy to assist you with any questions about BMBF-Projects of Theol. faculties, Law and Politic. science fac. and Phil. fac.

+49 228 73-2940

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Annika Hasselblatt

I would be happy to assist you with any questions about BMEL-Projects.

+49 228 73-6517

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Lukas Kotulla

I would be happy to assist you with any questions about BMBF-Projects for "zentrale Einrichtungen", mathematics, biology & genetics.

+49 228 73-7309

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Alexander Kuhl

I would be happy to assist you with any questions about BMBF-Projects of the agriculture faculty. Available on monday to thursday.

+49 228 73-5430

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Petra Leuschner

I would be happy to assist you with any questions about AIF-Projects.

+49 228 73-9454

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Christina Mühle

I would be happy to assist you with any questions about BMZ-Projects.

+49 228 73-2759

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Anette Reck

I would be happy to assist you with any questions about BMWK, BMU, BfArM, BM Verkehr and other Federal Agency.

+49 228 73-5457

Your Cooperation Agreement

We strongly recommend that collaborative project coordinators negotiate the cooperation agreement with the project partners while the expenditure-based grant proposal (AZA) is being reviewed by the project-executing organization.

Your contact for research contracts

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Mirco Theiner

Bei allen Fragen zu Ihrem Kooperationsvertrag unterstütze ich Sie gerne.

+49 228 73-54090

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