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Individual Research Projects

Looking for suitable sponsors can quickly become confusing. To ensure that you find a suitable organization to sponsor your research, the Research Support team at the University of Mannheim regularly provides information on national and international programs and calls for proposals. The team can also help you with your proposal by answering questions on matters such as budget calculations and proposal structure.

If you have an idea for an individual research project, contact Division I - Controlling and Quality Management, Research Services as soon as possible. Contact details are provided under each sponsor group below. 

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)

    Grants awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) enable researchers to conduct research projects that are limited in terms of topic and duration. The program is designed for researchers from all fields who have completed a doctorate.

    More on DFG grants

    If you have any questions on projects funded by the DFG, please contact:

    Dr. Isabell Ludewig

    Dr. Isabell Ludewig

    Research Support
    EU and DFG (German Research Foundation)
    University of Mannheim
    Division I – Research Services, Controlling and Quality Management
    L 1, 1 – Room 331
    68161 Mannheim
  • Foundations

    Many foundations are involved in research. They often provide grants to certain research units, such as early-stage researchers, or for specific fields of research. Notable foundations include: 

    • The Volkswagen Foundation (Volkswagen Stiftung)
    • The Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Fritz Thyssen Stiftung)
    • The Gerda Henkel Foundation (Gerda Henkel Stiftung)
    • The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung (Baden-Württemberg Stiftung)

    The Association of German Foundations provides information on other foundations on their website.

    If you have any questions on applying for funding from a foundation, please contact:

    Dr. Isabell Ludewig

    Dr. Isabell Ludewig

    Research Support
    EU and DFG (German Research Foundation)
    University of Mannheim
    Division I – Research Services, Controlling and Quality Management
    L 1, 1 – Room 331
    68161 Mannheim
  • Federal Ministries

    Federal ministries support projects by publishing funding announcements with specific research focuses.

    Following a formal examination by Division I, the application must be submitted via the President’s Office. Please contact us as early as possible.

    You can find funding announcements by using, for example, the Federal Government’s funding database, which is only available in German.

    If you have any questions on applying for funding from a federal ministry, please contact:

    Christian Fäth

    Christian Fäth

    Research Support
    Bundes- und Landesministerien, Struktur- und Entwicklungsplan (StEP)
    University of Mannheim
    Division I – Research Services, Controlling and Quality Management
    L 1, 1 – Room 328
    68161 Mannheim
  • Ministries of the Land of Baden-Würtemberg

    Division I - Controlling and Quality Management, Research Services will inform you of calls for proposals from the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of Baden-Württemberg (MWK) either in person or by e-mail in due time.

    If you have any questions on grants from ministries in Baden-Württemberg please contact:

    Christian Fäth

    Christian Fäth

    Research Support
    Bundes- und Landesministerien, Struktur- und Entwicklungsplan (StEP)
    University of Mannheim
    Division I – Research Services, Controlling and Quality Management
    L 1, 1 – Room 328
    68161 Mannheim
    Michael Gebhard

    Michael Gebhard

    Deputy Head of Division I, Research Support
    Verbundforschung: Koordinierte Programme der DFG, Bundes- und Landesministerien, Spenden
    University of Mannheim
    Division I – Research Services, Controlling and Quality Management
    L 1, 1 – Room 331
    68161 Mannheim
  • EU Funding: Horizon 2020

    The EU’s research and innovation program, Horizon 2020, is one of the largest research funding programs worldwide. The grants awarded to individual projects through this program enable research to be done in a diverse range of fields. Topics relevant to the EU are the focus of international collaborative research projects.

    You can find an overview of the Horizon 2020 program and funding opportunities using the following links:

    Current EU calls for proposals

    European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi)

    For questions regarding the program lines of the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation (currently Horizon 2020), please contact:

    Dr. Ursula Schlichter

    Dr. Ursula Schlichter

    Research Support
    EU, DAAD, and international supporters
    Division I – Research Services, Controlling and Quality Management
    L 1, 1 – Room 328
    68161 Mannheim