Current InformationCoronavirus: Announcements by Funding Bodies

In view of the coronavirus pandemic, national and international funding bodies have taken measures in response to the restrictions on research activity and project management. The Research Division has compiled information (below), which will be regularly updated, on relevant announcements and extensions of deadlines.

 (Status: 06.04.2020)


Wednesday, 25 March 2020
In view of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on research activities, the DFG has extended the deadline for several of its current calls for proposals. Further deadline extensions will be introduced if necessary.

Friday, 20 March 2020
In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, the DFG has published a letter on financial measures and arrangements for researchers with scholarships and fellowships in DFG programmes.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020
In a letter to grant recipients, the DFG has given preliminary information about ongoing project work and funding, in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

BMBF project promoters

The project promoters of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) have reacted with flexible arrangements to the restrictions in research operations. Until 19 April 2020 requests for payments and supporting documents can also be transmitted as scans with legally binding signatures. The originals have to be submitted subsequently by post. If delays arise in project work, an application to extend the deadline can also be made14 days before the expiry date. An informal email from the third-party funding office or the project leader will suffice for that.

Cancellation costs after the cancellation of events or travel may be eligible for payment and thus deducted from a grant for project funding, if the grant recipient is not responsible for the reason for the cancellation (cf. §10(2) BRKG1 and 10.2 re para 2 BRKGVwV2). Before planned in-person events are postponed and if there are so far no contractual agreements, it would be advisable to consider alternative event formats (e.g. web conferences).

1Federal Travel Expenses Act
2Administrative regulations regarding the Federal Travel Expenses Act

European Commission

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic the European Commission has extended the submission deadlines for all Horizon 2020 calls for proposals, which were originally due to expire on 15 April 2020. No extensions will apply to the EIC and IMI pilot calls. Detailed information is available on the specific call pages in the Funding & Tenders Portal. In its FAQs the European Commission has also published information about the applicability of force majeure and the necessary steps to take.

Wednesday, 31 March 2020
The European Commission has added further information to its FAQs (including postponement of submission deadlines, later submission of (interim) reports, extension of project duration).

Monday, 06 April 2020
The European Commission has published the "European Research Area (ERA) corona platform" with information on related research and innovation.

Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation has changed the application deadlines for the following funding programmes:

  • Global Issues - Integrating Different Perspectives on Heritage and Change
    Deadline: 13 May 2020 (originally 25 March 2020)
  • Global Issues: Mobility - Global Medicine and Health Research
    Deadline: 30 April 2020 (originally 17 April 2020)
  • Challenges for Europe
    Deadline: 25 June 2020 (originally 12 May 2020)
    Deadline: 07 July 2021

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is still continuing to process and review grant applications. In-person meetings and selection processes requiring travel by potential scholarship holders from other countries are, wherever possible, being replaced by decentralized events, e.g. with the selection process for German Chancellor Fellowships.

Owing to present travel restrictions and diverse constraints at the universities and research institutions, the Humboldt Foundation cannot accept any new applications for some sponsorship measures until further notice. It is therefore working on the assumption that research stays, attending specialist conferences and Humboldt Kollegs will no longer be possible in 2020.

German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange (DAAD) offers to cover the costs of return travel to its scholarship holders from Germany who are currently abroad. It is still receiving and processing new applications for current calls for the winter semester. Meetings of commissions have now sometimes become video conferences or members take decisions on the basis of the documents submitted. Some programmes for international scholarship-holders that provide for their study in Germany to start in the 2020 summer semester (university summer courses, RISE research internships, IAESTE etc.) have been suspended for this round. Furthermore, all group trips to Germany and abroad planned for the next few weeks have been cancelled.