Press Release 087/2012

DFG Funding Atlas: KIT Is Top in the Acquisition of Funding for R&D Projects

KIT Acquired EUR 113 Million Federal and EUR 61 Million European Funding for R&D Projects

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is top in the acquisition of federal funding for R&D projects in Germany. From 2008 to 2010, KIT acquired funds in the total amount of EUR 113.1 million. This is obvious from the Funding Atlas published today by the German Research Foundation (DFG). KIT also reached an excellent second place in the acquisition of funding under the 7th Research Framework Programme of the European Union (EU) with EUR 61 million. 

In the acquisition of federal funding, KIT is top of all universities in Germany and ahead of TU Dresden (EUR 104.7 million), RWTH Aachen (EUR 95.4 million), and TU München (EUR 90.8 million). In the past ranking of 2009, the former Universität Karlsruhe reached position 9 of all universities, while the former Forschungszentrum ranked in 7th place of all non-university institutions. As regards the acquisition of funding under the 7th Research Framework Programme of the EU, KIT now is closely behind TU München (EUR 62.4 million) in second place.

With a funding volume of EUR 200.5 million, KIT ranks in the 7th place when considering all research funds granted by the DFG. As far as the individual scientific disciplines are concerned, engineering sciences are in third place with EUR 83.6 million.

KIT also was very successful in the review statistics of DFG: In natural sciences, KIT provided 109 reviewers from 2008 to 2010, which is the highest number of all universities. The share of reviews made by female KIT scientists on behalf of DFG is above the average and amounts to 13%. In total, the proportion of female reviewers in science amounts to 8% only. In the area of engineering, 131 reviewers came from KIT that reaches the second place of all universities in the reviewers’ statistics. 

The “DFG Förderatlas” (Funding Atlas) supersedes the DFG funding ranking reports that have been issued five times since 1997. This year’s Funding Atlas of DFG for the first time considers KIT as an entity. In 2009, the precursory institutions of KIT were considered separately.


Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 10,000 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,800 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

le, 24.05.2012

Margarete Lehné
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