Research funding

The new funding programs of the Fonds Darstellende Künste, which are being announced in 2023, focus on the fields of research, production and networking and thus enable numerous projects for individual artists, artist groups and structures of all disciplines and genres in the nationwide independent performing arts.

The research funding is an updated version of the Fonds’ previous grant-like funding programs and is aimed at self-commissioned individual artists working in the independent performing arts.

The aim of the research funding program is to provide artists working across the federal states with appropriately remunerated working time to reflect on the meaning and practice of their own artistic work and to develop forward-looking forms of production, performance and/or mediation through detailed research.

What is funded?

Open-ended artistic research and conceptual development of artistic production projects, as well as projects that serve artistic qualification.

Who can apply?

Professional, independent artists of all genres and branches of the performing arts who reside and work primarily in Germany and who apply for individual grant-like support. Applicants must have been professionally active in the performing arts for at least three years.

How much can be applied for?

€7,500, awarded to individuals for three consecutive months at €2,500 per month.

Application and funding deadlines

Applications to the Fonds Darstellende Künste are submitted online only.
Application deadline(s):

The possible project duration for approved projects in research funding is between 01.11.2023 and 31.04.2024. Complete proofs of use must be submitted no later than two months after the end of the funded project.

For all further information, please read the regulations before submitting an application, or even before calling the office of the Fonds Darstellende Künste for advice. Further information can be found in the FAQs. During the application period, there will be several digital information events about the program. (see Calendar).


All the important documents are available in the Forms section.


The jury in the research funding is composed of members of the Fonds’ board of trustees. An overview of the members of the board of trustees can be found here.