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University of Cologne Improves Its Third-Party Funding Ranking in 2018

Every three years, the German Research Foundation (DFG) publishes a list of the total funding it has allocated to German universities. The UoC rose by four places from the 2015 report

In the ‘Förderatlas 2018’ (Funding Atlas 2018) published today by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the University of Cologne has notably improved its position. Every three years, the DFG adds up the funding it grants to universities.

In the list of the universities with the highest DFG-funding, the UoC rose by four positions to twelfth place. From 2014 to 2016, the DFG granted the UoC around 216 million euros, approximately 57 million euros more than in the ‘Förderatlas 2015’.  

Further results:

  • With a place among the TOP 5 of ERC grant holders, the UoC significantly rose in this category as well. The European Research Council (ERC) is the European Commission’s funding institution for excellent basic research. The number of researchers funded in the ERC programme rose from seven (concluded Seventh Framework Programme) to 13 (first half of the Eighth Framework Programme)
  • In the category ‘Arts and Humanities’, the University of Cologne improved its position by eight places and is now at place seven.
  • In the ‘Geosciences’, the UoC climbed by two positions to second place. In the research area Geography, the UoC is at first place.
  • In the subject ‘Biology’, it remains in a good fifth position. In the research area Zoology, the UoC is at first place.
  • In the area ‘Astrophysics’, the UoC inhabits a good third place.

In sum, the DFG awarded more than 8.4 billion euros to German universities in its current three-year reporting cycle. Because the funds are allocated in a competitive procedure to the best applicants, the distribution indicates the most research-intensive universities in the country.

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