For years, the University of Stuttgart has been among the universities in Germany that receive the most external funding in terms of funds raised per professor. According to the latest figures from the Federal Statistical Office (as of September 2020), it raised a total of about 643,700 euro per professor in 2018 and was thus - behind RWTH Aachen University (955,700 euro) and the Technical University of Munich (741,100 euro) - in third place nationwide.
A significant portion of these external funds are federal funds. From this source alone, the University of Stuttgart received almost 70 million euro in 2019 (in 2018: 62.5 million euro). This again made the federal government - with a share of 30 percent - the largest source of external funding, closely followed by funds from collaborations with industry (for a definition please read the webpage "figures"), which accounted for 68.5 million euro (corresponding to 29 percent) in the same year (in 2018: 58 million euro).
As an impressive example of the importance of federal funding, let us take a look at those research projects that are financed by the federal ministries:
There are currently more than 265 multi-year projects at the university that are funded by a federal ministry. Their volume totals 162 million euro. On average, this would correspond to a theoretical value of a good 600,000 euro for each project, spread over the multi-year term. In fact, however, the range of funding amounts is much more differentiated, ranging from less than 50,000 euro for the smallest project to millions for the financial heavyweights: a total of 39 projects receive more than 1 million euro - of which four projects more than 3 million euro, and two projects more than 5 million euro.
The astronomical sum of exactly 8,672,102.99 euro is actually given to an astronomy project: The Destiny Dust Analyzer (DDA), which measures the composition of asteroids as well as interplanetary and interstellar dust particles.