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Research in an international network

International Consortial Projects

Would you like to do research together with researchers from abroad? Research projects in an international network can be supported by various funding agencies.

Funding agencies in comparison

Application- and innovation-oriented international collaborative research can be funded by ministries and the EU as well as by joint calls for proposals by various funding agencies. The calls for proposals have fixed submission deadlines and are topic-bound – whereby the call topics of the various funding agencies are complementary. As a rule, at least three, often significantly more, participants are involved in the projects. The participation of international as well as non-academic members is usually necessary. Details you can find in the specific call texts.

In contrast, the DFG usually funds research projects with international participation on open topics. A good overview of international calls for proposals you can find on the page Kooperation international.

Buntstifte gemäß Farbverlauf im Kreis angeordnet, die Spitzen zeigen nach innen © Arek Socha ​/​ Pixabay
Application processes at TU Dortmund University


Depending on the format and the funding agency, there are various special features you have to consider when applying for funding, so we would ask you to contact us as early as possible.
You can find an overview of the specifics of applying to the various funding agencies here:

Services and contact persons

The Office of Research Support Services offers a wide range of services related to the acquisition of third-party funding and application procedures. With regard to ministerial and DFG funding as well as EU funding and joint calls for proposals by various funding agencies, the team of the Grants Services will be happy to support you

  • in the selection of a suitable funding format,
  • with regard to the specific requirements of the respective format,
  • and through strategic editing of your application.
Team photo of Grants Services © OK et al. ​/​ TU Dortmund

Further information on funding agencies