External Funding of Research

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The outstandingly high quality of research “made in Bremen” is underscored by the large share of research conducted at the University of Bremen which is financed from third-party sources. In 2014, researchers at the University of Bremen acquired external funding in an amount of around 93 million euros. Almost half of this sum came from the German Research Foundation (DFG). Altogether, external funding accounts for about a third of the University’s entire budget. This is the second highest ratio between external funding and overall university budget in the whole of Germany.

The University hasn’t only triumphed in the Excellence Initiative. Along with projects and collaborative research centers funded by the German Research Foundation, many other projects are supported by the European Union, various research-funding foundations, the private-sector, and federal agencies.

Naturally, the amount of external funding cannot serve as sole indicator for the evaluation of research. Nevertheless, the greater part of funding from external sources ― and in the case of DFG, all of it ― is only approved following peer review: Expert opinions with regard to originality and feasibility are therefore top-priority considerations which always form the basis for the approval of funding. Besides numerous publications in high-ranking journals and other research results, Bremen University can therefore confidently interpret its share of third-party funding as an objective evaluation of the high quality of its research.