The humanities and social sciences provide knowledge for cultural and social orientation

On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the DLR Project Management Agency manages the framework programme for the humanities, cultural and social sciences: in close cooperation with the scientific community, we develop funding priorities and formats and implement them. We also support research projects at the academic and administrative level, from reviews and applications to project completion.
We bring our many years of academic and administrative experience to assisting the BMBF in effectively achieving its research policy goals of
a) establishing specific priority topics in the humanities and social sciences,
b) advancing internationalisation, structuralisation and the development of young 
     researchers in the humanities and social sciences.
Innovation, interdisciplinarity, international cooperation and flexibility in performing the tasks with which we are entrusted are guiding principles of our work. Quality management and quality assurance are key components of our internal organisation.

The central foundation of our work is the BMBF framework programme"Humanities, cultural and social sciences" (2013-2017). It replaces the funding initiative "Freedom for the humanities" (2007-2012), which introduced new funding formats for the humanities in accordance with recommendations by the German Council of Science and Humanities.

For the Ministry of culture and science of North Rhine-Westphalia, we launched the network "connectNRW". The aim is to strengthen the humanities and social sciences excellence in North Rhine-Westphalia with connectNRW. Another goal is the networking of researchers and scientists in the sense of an inter- and transdisciplinary research.

Our skills profile includes:

1. Humanities, cultural and social sciences with the funding priorities

  • Excellence in the humanities
  • Area studies
  • Cultural heritage, cultural diversity and civil society
  • Research infrastructures and structuralisation
  • Next-generation researchers

2. Administration

DLR Project Management Agency places its administrative competencies at the disposal of the BMBF, applicants and funding recipients in all administrative matters relating to project funding. It ensures that legal conditions for project funding are met and the specific rules and standards of the BMBF are observed. The scope of our work covers the entire process from application advice and processing to providing assistance in ongoing projects and reviewing completed projects.

3. International affairs

DLR Project Management Agency assists its client in internationalising the humanities and social sciences. Our funding formats are increasingly transnationally oriented. Within projects, international guest researchers, advisors and reviewers intensify exchange with specialist disciplines in Europe and around the world.

The National Contact Point for Society (NCP-Society) in DLR Project Management Agency offers a special service. It provides researchers with information on all aspects of the EU Framework Programme and offers services such as individual advice for preparing and submitting applications or for organising information events, workshops and seminars.


Contact Persons

  • DLR Project Management Agency

    • Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Heinrich-Konen Str. 1
    • 53227 Bonn
    • Telephone: +49 228 3821-1580
    • Fax: +49 228 3821-1500
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