The federal government is generaly funding resarch projects with a top-down approach. Researchers and universities can hand in proposals for specific calls that the ministries develop and publish.
- Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Project management agencies provide professional and administrative support for sponsored projects. They advise applicants and provide support throughout the projects.
German Aerospace Center (DLR) - DLR Project Management Agency in areas such as the humanities and social sciences, environmental research, and international cooperation.
VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH, inter alia for civil security research