Academy program

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The academy program is a program financed jointly by the federal and state governments since 1979/80 to promote long-term research projects in the humanities and natural sciences . With the academy program, the German academies of science operate one of the largest humanities research programs in the Federal Republic of Germany, which serves to develop, secure and visualize the cultural heritage . It is coordinated by the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and comprises (as of 2020) a total of 137 projects with 194 jobs. These are composed of 20 dictionaries , 115 editions and two projects from basic research in social and cultural studies . A total of around 900 people are employed in the project. More than 100 university professors also volunteer as project managers in the project. The implementation agreement for the academies program (AV-AK) was last concluded and agreed in 2008 as part of the Joint Science Conference.


The academy program has been publicly advertised since 2006. In order to be accepted into the academy program, research projects must meet the following criteria: supraregional national importance, high scientific relevance, a term of between 12 and 25 years and a minimum financial volume of 120,000 euros per year. The committee of the Joint Science Conference , in which the federal government and the federal states are represented, decides on the budget of the academy program, the start of new projects and the continuation of ongoing projects . The decisions are made on the basis of the financial and program planning established by the Academies Union.


Regular evaluations ensure the quality standard of the dictionaries, encyclopedias and editions from the fields of theology , philosophy , history , literature and linguistics , art history and archeology , inscription and name research as well as musicology and long-term scientific observation. Thanks to the structure of the academy research centers and their supervising commissions, it is possible to work on such long-term and very extensive research projects continuously at a high level, without being tied to the lifespan of individual persons and the limited capacity of individual institutions.

The Science Council has evaluated the academy program positively and found that the projects of the academy program are often the center for certain research topics worldwide, the quality and research performance is very remarkable and the contribution of the research results of this program to the empirical basis z. B. philosophy, history, theology and philologies, whose most important and central achievement lies unchanged.

Research project

A list of current research projects sorted alphabetically, chronologically, by project type or thematically is available on the website of the Union of German Academies of Sciences.


  • The academy program: An overview of the research projects of the German academies of sciences funded by the federal states , Mainz a Rhine: Union of the German academies of sciences eV 2003, ISBN 978-3-933490-02-5 .
  • 40 Years of the Academies Program - Excellence in the Humanities / Union of the German Academies of Sciences 2nd edition , updated edition, Mainz: Union of the German Academies of Sciences (2020)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. see implementation agreement for the GWK agreement on joint funding of the program coordinated by the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities (2008), PDF, accessed August 2, 2015
  2. ^ The academy program. Union of the German Academies of Sciences, accessed on December 29, 2014 .