Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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The DFG or Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (English: German Research Foundation), a German organization based in Bonn, is a self-governing research funding body that promotes research at universities and other publicly funded research institutions. Using funding provided by federal (Bund) and state (Länder) authorities, the DFG supports projects in science and the humanities as well as cooperation between researchers of all disciplines.

The legal status of the DFG is that of a private association. For this reason the DFG must act only through its governing bodies, particularly the Executive Board and the General Assembly. The daily affairs of the DFG are conducted from the head office in Bonn-Bad Godesberg, under direction of the organisation's secretary-general.

The DFG is comparable to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the USA.


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