The BMBF funds projects for empirical educational research on specified priority topics. This enables it to concentrate its research funding on topics where there is a particular need for scientific knowledge on the part of practitioners and policymakers. At the same time, this allows the BMBF to reinforce the content profiling of educational research and foster interdisciplinary cooperation among researchers.
Researchers identify the content of new research priorities based on their scientific expertise. The funding is fundamentally designed to be of a competitive nature. The BMBF publishes research funding directives for the particular topic area in the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger). In a two-stage decision-making process, prospective researchers begin by submitting their project proposals. The BMBF engages with external experts to review these project briefs. Eligible projects are identified on the basis of the expert assessments. In the second stage of the procedure, the BMBF then asks those prospective researchers with positively evaluated project briefs to submit a formal application from the institution at which the project is to be carried out. The BMBF issues a decision on these funding applications following a final review. The project management agency DLR-PT monitors the research clusters and projects throughout the entire project duration. In addition, overarching meta-projects are conducted in parallel with the projects.
The meta-project runs parallel to the projects in the funding lines, conducting independent research projects from an overarching perspective in order to place the results in a wider scientific and social framework.
The contact details for the meta-projects can be found at the bottom of the overview page for the relevant research priority.
The following research priorities are currently receiving funding:
Current support for emerging researchers:
The following networking projects are currently being funded:
The following research priorities have been completed. All research results and data on completed projects can be found on the Topic Finder.