05. July 2018

DFG Funding Atlas 2018: University of Bonn performs very well DFG Funding Atlas 2018: University of Bonn performs very well

Natural and Life Sciences particularly strong in third-party funding

The University of Bonn remains in lead in the competition for research funding. This is confirmed by the now published “Funding Atlas 2018” by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), which documents the funding flows of ´ public funding institutions to universities and research institutions in a detailed manner. In Germany-wide comparison of the DFG approval totals, Bonn is in 16th place overall.

DFG Funding Atlas
DFG Funding Atlas - With a funding volume of 7.3 million euros, the University of Bonn's agricultural sciences rank fourth in federal comparison. © Photo: Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn
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Researchers from the University of Bonn received 181.7 million euros from DFG's budget from 2014 to 2016, almost as much as 2011-2013 (184.4 million euros). The ranking, which is differentiated according to subject groups, also reflects the University of Bonn’s scientific profile. The university places third with total funding of 64.2 million euros in the period 2014-2016, and has improved in life sciences from 12th to 9th place with a volume of 85.3 million euros. In the humanities and social sciences, Bonn ranks 15th.

The DFG states in its Funding Atlas that the University of Bonn is one of the few universities that succeed in achieving leading positions in two of the four main areas of science. The results are even more impressive as the University of Bonn did not receive the tens of millions of euros received by the “universities of excellence” during the same period.

Rector: "This encourages us to continue to improve"

Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch is pleased about the University of Bonn’s performance: "Once again, the DFG Funding Atlas reflects the great performance of the scientists of our university with its wide range of subjects. I am particularly pleased that we belong to the top group in Germany in two main areas of science. The results are and remain an incentive for us to continue to improve and to be among the leaders in more and more areas."

Almost 170 million euros of third-party funding are being recruited by scientists at the University of Bonn every year for their research projects. The term third-party funds refers to funds that universities receive from third parties beyond their basic government funding. Bonn receives most of its third-party funding from the DFG and the federal government. To a lesser extent, the European Union and foundations support research projects. The bulk of third-party funding goes to the funding of positions for scientists and professors: around 1,340 jobs are currently funded by third parties at the University of Bonn.

Natural and life sciences in the top 10

In life sciences, the University of Bonn was able to expand its position. 85, 3 million euros of DFG funds went to Bonn in the reporting period (2011-2013: 76.0 million). Most of it to Medicine with 60.4 million (nationwide: 9th place). In nationwide 4th place are agricultural sciences with a subsidy of 7.3 million euros.

In natural sciences, Bonn takes third place with a total of 64.2 million euros. Every Bonn professor in this area raised half a million euros of third party funding in the observed three years on average. A big part of this funding is aquired by Physics, which received 19.2 million euros in third-party funding in the three-year period (ranked 8 nationwide), and Geosciences, which ranks fourth with 11.8 million.

Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Bonn occupy 15th place nationwide with 13.7 million euros. Social and Behavioral Sciences have a share of 8.5 million euros, of which Economics . has the largest share with 13.7 million euros.

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