TU Berlin: German Research Foundation Funding Remains Constant
Between 2014 and 2016, the German Research Foundation (DFG) awarded TU Berlin EUR 124.9 million, with engineering sciences and natural sciences among the subjects achieving top ten positions.
Data for the period 2014 to 2016 concerning universities and non-university research institutes has been analyzed for the eighth edition of the DFG Funding Atlas. Third-party funding provided by the DFG to TU Berlin has increased slightly since the last edition of the Funding Atlas in 2015, amounting to EUR 124.9 million for the period of time covered by the latest edition. This puts TU Berlin in place 24 overall.
Within TU Berlin the highest DFG funding was achieved by engineering sciences with EUR 59.3 million and natural sciences with EUR 48.6 million. For both these subject areas, TU Berlin is placed ninth overall in Germany. TU Berlin occupies third position for natural sciences when compared to Germany’s major technical universities (TU9).
TU Berlin also achieved top ten positions for the following DFG-funded subjects: thermal engineering/process engineering (EUR 16.8 million, position 3), mathematics (EUR 10.9 million, position 4), mechanical engineering/industrial engineering (EUR 18.0 million, position 6), construction engineering/architecture (EUR 6.1 million, position 7) and chemistry (EUR 15.7 million, position 8).
Humanities and social sciences received EUR 9.4 million, the second highest funding paid for this range of subjects to a technical university. This serves to underline the unique combination of social sciences and humanities with natural and engineering sciences as well as planning sciences, and economics at TU Berlin, which represents an important aspect of the University’s multifacetedness.
The DFG Funding Atlas also includes information concerning other funding programs. Information and communication sciences were particularly successful here, achieving first position with EUR 24.4 million for funding provided by the Federal Government and second position in the EU’s Horizon 2020 program.
The Funding Atlas also provides details concerning the funding provided for researchers at universities and non-university research institutes by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the European Research Council (ERC).
For engineering sciences, TU Berlin achieved second and third position for researchers funded by the DAAD and the AvH respectively, placing it second for both funding organizations among TU9 universities.
TU Berlin also enjoys great success in natural sciences, achieving the fourth highest number of DAAD-funded researchers and eighth position for AvH-funded researchers.
TU Berlin is ranked among the top 40 universities in Germany in terms of the acquisition of third-party funding. Its third-party funding ratio fell slightly from 37% in 2015 to 35% in 2016. This relative decline is due to the fact that the increase in basic funds provided by the federal states was higher than the increase in third-party funding. This applies to all universities across Germany. The TU Berlin obtains most of its third-party funding from the federal government and the DFG. Other funding comes from the European Union, industry and foundations. In 2016, TU Berlin spent EUR 168.2 million of funding acquired via third parties.