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Third-party funding

Indicators of research excellence

Funding secured from third-parties is an important indicator of the quality of a university’s research. FAU is one of the strongest research universities in Germany which is reflected in the impressive amount of third-party funding which it attracts.

Third-party funding by sponsor in 2016

For many years, FAU has been one of the most successful universities in Germany when it comes to securing third-party funding. For example, it was ranked eleventh in the Funding Atlas 2015 by the German Research Foundation (DFG), which is based on the amount of DFG funding awarded.

Funding institution 2016
DFG funding EUR 68.55 m
Industry and foundations EUR 68.99 m
Endowed professorships EUR 0.85 m
Federal government (including Professorinnenprogramm) EUR 27.45 m
EU projects EUR 9.23 m
Other EUR 2.51 m
Total EUR 177.57 m

Graph: Third-party funding by sponsor

Third-party funding by subject group in 2016

When broken down into subject groups, engineering (70.8 million euros), medicine (45.4 million euros) and sciences (33.9 million euros) bring in the largest amount of funding, making up 85 percent of the total between them.

Subject group 2016
Humanities (including sport science and art) EUR 7.84 m
Law, economics, and social sciences EUR 12.32 m
Medicine (including Universitätsklinikum) EUR 45.37 m
Sciences EUR 33.90 m
Engineering EUR 70.80 m
Central Institutions EUR 7.33 m
Total EUR 177.57 m