Research funding

The University of Bremen's main research funding provides research grants for researchers throughout their careers in numerous funding programmes. Funding options can include a variety of grants, from short term for conference trips and lectureships to long term funding of new of international collaborations and joint projects. The University offers scholarships to its outstanding students and PhD students and enables a smooth transition to the later post-doc-phase. Advanced researchers are supported in their social science research projects.

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD) is the largest funding organisation of its kind, supporting well over 100.000 German and international students and researchers around the world per year. Furthermore, it promotes internationalisation in German universities, supports developing countries improve their education systems and promotes studying and learning German abroad.

Research funding through the Federal Ministry of Education and Research aims to finance new ideas and technologies. Grants are available for a wide range of research projects, including scientific basic research, environmentally friendly sustainable technologies, information and communication technologies, life sciences, work design, structural research funding at universities, innovation funding and technology transfers.

DFG supports projects from all scientific fields, particularly approving funding for interdisciplinary collaborations between researchers. DFG grants enable cooperation between researchers from all academic disciplines, as well as the creation of internationally visible focus areas at external research institutions.

Programmes funding research and technological advances in the European Union cover large research fields and run for several years. They are part of the  five year "research framework programme", conceived by the European Commission together with science, business and politics representatives and enabling a medium to long term strategy. Funding is aimed at projects in international networks involving universities, businesses, research centres and independant research laboratories, with at least two partners being from EU member states.

The Volkswagen Foundation funds sciences and technology in research and teaching. It enables research projects in promising fields and helps scientific institutions improve their structural frameworks. It helps develop groundbreaking research areas through independent funding initiatives. In particular, it focuses on developing young scientific talent, as well as international and interdisciplinary research cooperation.

The Stifterverband is an innovative think tank and trendsetter aiming to develop the scientific system. It promotes the quality of academic teaching and independence of universities in a competitive system. Development of the interaction between business and science and the communication between science and the public is funded through various programmes. Rather than funding individual research projects, the Stifterverband aims to improve the quality of general conditions of science in a wider sense.