The German Research Foundation (DFG) is the self-governing organization for science and research in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities. This includes support for individual projects and research collaboration, awards for outstanding research achievements, and funding for scientific infrastructure and scientific cooperation. In organizational terms, the DFG is an association under private law. Its membership consists of German research universities, non-university research institutions, scientific associations and the Academies of Science and the Humanities. The DFG receives the large majority of its funds from the states and the Federal Government, which are represented in all Grants Committees. At the same time, the voting system and procedural regulations guarantee science-driven decisions.
The chief task of the DFG is to select the best research projects by scientists and academics at universities and research institutions on a competitive basis and to finance these projects. Projects are presented by scientists and academics or by universities in a proposal dealing with their chosen topics from a particular discipline or taking an interdisciplinary approach.