research funding

In order to support you in your research work, the team of the Research Division has compiled comprehensive information on the topic of "Research Funding" for you below.

Internal research funding

The internal funding programs of the Faculty of Medicine are a strategic measure for targeted start-up funding of innovative research projects. Funding criteria are exclusively the quality of the applications as well as their potential for external follow-up funding.

The funding lines of the internal funding programs

The funding lines of the internal funding programs

The aim is to offer young scientists structured support in the development of an independent academic career. The focus is not on the content of the research topics, but rather on providing a platform for organizational and structural questions as well as feedback on their personal development.


Applications can now be submitted via our new application portal:

To the application portal

Please note that we can no longer accept applications by e-mail or post.

The Fortüne Program - is intended to support basic and disease-oriented research projects (e.g. model systems for diseases) from all subject areas of biomedical research within the Faculty of Medicine and to facilitate the acquisition of external third-party funding for scientists in the sense of start-up funding. An applicant can only submit a maximum of two applications to the Fortüne program during his/her scientific career, of which only one in each module (Junior, PATE, Innovation application).

Junior application

Start-up funding for innovative projects by qualified young scientists to establish independent research projects with the prospect of external third-party funding.
Further information

Innovation application

Please note: Until further notice, no innovation applications can be submitted - The funding instrument is temporarily suspended!

(Funding of qualitatively outstanding, competitive projects with the aim to enable the acquisition of external third-party funds. The normal application will be renamed "innovation application" in order to make clear the start-up character and the necessary development of new research directions as a justification for submitting an application in the fortüne program.
The innovation proposal will be split between applicants from medicine and from the natural sciences).

for Dr. med. : Further information (currently not possible)

for Dr. rer. nat. : Further information (currently not possible)

Bridge application

Bridge financing of projects that have been submitted to an external third-party funding body and have emerged from Fortüne projects in the sense of start-up funding.
Further information


"Partnering Tübingen Experimenters
":Funding of research by young scientists from clinical institutions in theoretical institutions or in designated research laboratories of clinical institutions.
Further information


Leaflet for applicantspdf
Form for applicantsdoc
Declaration of intent formdoc
Personnel Guidelines IZKFdoc

program is currently suspended

program is currently suspended


Applications can now be submitted via our new application portal:

To the application portal

Please note that we can no longer accept applications by e-mail or by post.

The AKF program(Applied Clinical Research) aims to increase the number of science-driven studies in terms of Investigator Initiated Trials (IITs) in key research areas of the faculty. There are two funding vehicles under the AKF program.

Pilot studies

By supporting pilot studies (phase I-II studies), externally funded follow-up studies (phase II-III) are to be made possible.
Further information

Start-up funding

Applications to external funding institutions (BMBF, EU, DFG, Dts. Krebshilfe or similar) can be supported in the sense of start-up funding.
Further information

AKF downloads
Leaflet for applicantspdf
Cover sheet for start-up fundingdoc
Form for applicantsdoc
Study synopsis (prerequisite for consulting by ZKS)doc
Form letter of intentdoc
Personnel guidelines IZKFdoc

Target group:

Applicants submitting their own DFG proposal for the first time (DFG Individual Projects/Subject Grants ).


100.00 € per month per full approved 100,000 € proposal volume (project funds without overhead over the entire term; maximum term 3 years).

  • Draft proposals must be sent to the MFT Research Division prior to submission to the DFG.
  • Only proposals that have been pre-screened by the MFT and have undergone quality control can be awarded in case of success.
  • If necessary, the MFT reserves the right to stagger the submission of proposals in order to avoid an excessive volume of applications within a very short period of time to the DFG. The applicant will subsequently be notified of the request for revision or submission to the DFG.
  • Qualitatively unsatisfactory proposals may be excluded from the bonus program.
  • Applications must be submitted to the DFG within 2 months of the MFT's request and confirmation of receipt forwarded to the MFT ( Dr. Cathrin Klingeberg). If departmental or university bonus programs exist, the applicant must choose one.

Attention: Please contact Dr. Cathrin Klingeberg, Research Division, before submitting an application!

Large-scale collaborations (outline phase)

DFG-funded collaborative projects are an important strategic factor in the faculty's research concept. Start-up funding for these collaborative projects (SFB, FO, KFO, etc.) will be funded if they follow the flow chart.

The disbursement of the grant amount (60,000 euros for research groups and 100,000 euros for SFBs or collaborations with a similar financial volume) takes place in two parts:

  • Part 1 will be paid out after the presentation of their proposal concept to the Research Commission.
  • Part 2 will be paid out after the call for a full proposal (proof of the external third-party funding institution).

further information (funding instrument)

Large-scale collaborations (preparation of the conception phase)

DFG collaborative projects (SFB, FOR, GRK) can be supported in the run-up to the conception phase. The funding measure includes the support of the networking of working groups, the financing of preliminary research work that is still necessary for the creation of a consortium as well as the preparation of joint publications etc..

Eligible are designated spokespersons of planned collaborative proposals, usually appointed professors. At least two different institutions must be involved in the collaborative project. The application process is based on the DFG guidelines for SFBs, GRKs and FORs.

Funding is provided for concepts for collaborative proposals (with the corresponding number of subprojects) with financing of personnel and material resources for a maximum of 2 years until a full proposal is submitted to the DFG.

- Max sum for a SFB initiative: 500 T€

- Max sum for a FOR initiative: 250 T€

- Max sum for a GRK initiative: 250 T€

further information (funding instrument)

Smaller collaborative projects

Extended start-up funding for collaborative projects:

to the funding instrument

Notes and deadlines
Applications to fortüne and AKF programs can be submitted at any time!

Please note: the lead time is about 3 months!

Multiple applications within the framework of intramural programs

Parallel funding of several projects is not possible in principle.

A temporal overlapping of projects is considered as parallel funding and is therefore also not possible.

Meeting dates 2024

Fortüne: 25.04.2024, 07.11.2024, AKF: 18.04.2024, 24.10.2024

Contact and responsibilities internal research funding

Dr. Cathrin Klingeberg

Interne Förderprogramme
Stiftungen, Preise

Phone number: +49 7071 29-73684

E-mail address:

Karin Schmid

Sachbearbeitung Interne Förderprogramme
Homepage, Newsletter

Phone number: +49 7071 29-75205

E-mail address:

External research funding

National and international organizations and foundations support science with research funds and programs. The following pages provide information on the most important research funding programs.

Information about the funding institutions

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is the central self-governing body of science for the promotion of research at universities and publicly funded research institutions in Germany.
The DFG serves science in all its branches by providing financial support for research projects and by promoting cooperation among researchers.

More about the DFG

DFG Funding Atlas 2021

Proposal opportunities at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).

Funding Programs
Here you can find all DFG funding programs at a glance:

DFG funding programs

Information for the scientific community

Here you will find current calls for proposals
Complete list

DFG Trusted Lecturer at the University of Tübingen

Prof. Dr. Dieter Kern
Institute of Applied PhysicsAuf
der Morgenstelle
1072076 Tübingen

Funding advice

The BMBF's Funding Advisory Service is the first point of contact for all questions regarding federal research and innovation funding. It informs potential applicants about the federal government's research structure, funding programs and their contact persons, as well as current funding priorities and initiatives.

To the BMBF's funding advice service

Overview of new calls for proposals

An overview of all new calls for proposals for BMBF funding programs can be found here:
New calls for proposals

Current projects

Information on current projects can be found in the funding catalog.
To the funding catalog

BMBF scholarship database

Interactive information base that enables potential scholarship holders to find out about current scholarship programs.
Scholarship guide

Application procedure

Before submitting applications to the project management organization, please send them to the Third-Party Funding Department for the attention of Mr. Ebauer.

07071 29-77675

All applications must be signed by the chancellor of the university! For this purpose, a cover letter from the Third-Party Funding Department is required

Sample AZA ApplicationLink
Here you can find a sample AZA applicationSample AZA Application
Application online via "easy-Online" portalLink

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts wants to maintain and expand the state's research infrastructure despite the difficult financial situation. Existing strengths are to be strengthened, cross-sectional technologies promoted, and competence centers, networks and clusters established and further developed.

Research funding pages of the ministry...

Current calls for proposals

The Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts regularly provides information on current calls for proposals for funding programs on the Internet. You can find these calls in the service area of the MWK
More about calls for proposals

Funding programs at universities

The state funding provided by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts ranges from funding programs at universities of applied sciences and universities of cooperative education to state graduate funding and the junior professor program to funding for start-ups from universities and research institutions.

More about funding programs

The Biotech/LifeSciences Portal Baden-Württemberg

Who provides funding in the field of biotechnology and life sciences, what are the current funding programs, who are the contact persons and where can applications be submitted?

More on biotechnology and life sciences

The DAAD is a joint institution of the German universities. It promotes the international relations of German universities with foreign countries through the exchange of students and scientists and through international programs and projects.
To the DAAD Homepage

Funding opportunitiesLink
Announcements for foreign students and scientistsmore...
Calls for proposals for German students and scientistsmore...
Information for German universitiesmore...
Research and teaching abroadmore...

WHO (World Health Organization)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
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NSF (National Science Foundation, USA)
NSF International, The Public Health and Safety Company™, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, is the world leader in standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health and safety. Homepage ...

NIH (National Institute of Health)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.
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The Cancer Research Institute
The Cancer Research Institute is a charitable organization founded in 1953 to foster the science of cancer immunology, which is based on the premise that the body's immune system can be mobilized against cancer.
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ACLAM (American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine)
The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) advances the humane care and responsible use of laboratory animals through certification of veterinary specialists, professional development, education and research.
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HFSP (Human Frontier Science Programme)
The HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience.
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NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme
The Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme is a policy tool that enhances cooperation and dialogue with all partners, based on scientific research, innovation, and knowledge exchange. The SPS Programme provides funding, expert advice, and support to security-relevant activities jointly developed by a NATO member and partner country.
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EMBO European Molecular Biology Organization
Access to funding, training and networking is essential for young scientists to develop the qualities needed to excel in their research careers. Through key programmes developed for early career scientists, from post-doc to young group leader, EMBO offers resources to plan for success.
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EMBL European Molecular Biology Laboratory
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory, one of the world's top research institutions, is dedicated to basic research in the molecular life sciences. EMBL is funded by public research monies from 20 member states - Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerlandand the United Kingdom and an associate member state, Australia.
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The table represents a selection and does not claim to be complete.Please refer to the websites of the foundations for information on the current situation.

FoundationsTypes of funding/focus of fundingLink
Alexander von Humboldt FoundationLong- and short-term fellowships for Germans and foreigners; science awardsHomepage
Boehringer Ingelheim FundDoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships; travel expensesHomepage
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundationfinancial support for female scientists with childrenHomepage
German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Postdoctoral fellowships

Returnee Fellowship

Mentoring Program

German Heart FoundationDoctoral and postdoctoral fellowshipsHomepage
German Cancer Foundationvarious funding programsHomepage
Dr. Carl Duisberg FoundationScholarships abroad for students of human or veterinary medicineHomepage
Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation


Doctoral / research collegia

Project funding

European Molecular Biology OrganisationPostdoctoral FellowshipsHomepage
FAZIT FoundationDoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, travel grants


Fritz Thyssen FoundationProject funding, scholarships, travel grantsHomepage
GlaxoSmithKline FoundationAwards, travel grantsHomepage
Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz FoundationPost-Doc Scholarship


Herbert Worch Foundation

Support of medical research through prizes, scholarships, projects


Karl and Veronica Carstens FoundationDoctoral scholarshipsHomepage
Robert Bosch FoundationPharmacology, GeriatricsHomepage
Ernst Schering FoundationDoctoral, postdoctoral and short-term fellowshipsHomepage
Sibylle Assmus Foundationannual Announcement of a grant in the field of neurooncology, neurobiology, neurodegenerationHomepage
Volkswagen FoundationSupport of the scientif. Young scientists of all disciplinesHomepage
Wilhelm Sander FoundationGrants for cancer researchHomepage
Donors' Association for German Science

On the pages of the Stifterverband you can select different types of funding under the thematic focus "Medicine/Biosciences" and have foundations - with corresponding information and links - displayed.
Donors' Association

Foundations in the administrative district of Tübingen

An overview of foundations in the administrative district of Tübingen can be found on the website of the Tübingen administrative district under:

to the Regierungspräsidium

Further information on general funding programs
  • ELFI - Service center for electronic research funding information
  • The German Medical Journal (Deutsches Ärzteblatt) also provides a comprehensive overview of funding awards and current foundation announcements
    Read more

Scholarship databases of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD


Scholarships for a study, research or teaching stay abroad.


Funding opportunities for foreign students, graduates and postdocs from the DAAD as well as other selected funding organizations

Announcements for universities

Scholarship database BMBF

Interactive information base that enables potential scholarship holders to find out about current scholarship programs.

Scholarship pilot

German Education Server

Provides a comprehensive overview of a wide range of opportunities for young scientists.

German Education Server

Information on European Research Funding

The task of the EU Funding section is to support EUROPEAN RESEARCH FUNDING within the Faculty of Medicine, in particular by providing information on European Union calls for proposals, advice on the application process, calculation of costs, support in finding project partners and in the implementation of approved projects. Project management tasks include, in particular, financial and contractual advice, assistance with contract negotiation and annual reports, including advice on EU timesheets. Upon request, we also provide administrative and financial project management. Please contact us!

2023 - 2024

Currently called THEMES in the area HEALTH!

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contact and responsibilities external funding

N. N.

Nationale Förderung, Verbünde

Phone number: +49 7071 29-77912

Susanne Stoppel

EU- und Internationale Förderprogramme

Phone number: +49 7071 29-77950

E-mail address:

Clemens Lässing


Phone number: +49 7071 29-77978

E-mail address: clemens.lä

Tatjana Paul


E-mail address: