The University of Stuttgart has been among the top universities in Germany in terms of third-party funding for a number of years, reaching the top 3 in terms of funding per professor. According to figures released in September by the German Federal Statistical Office, the average funding per professor at the University of Stuttgart in 2019 amounted to EUR 665,000, which puts it in third place nationwide. Ahead of the University of Stuttgart was RWTH Aachen University, which defended its first place, and TU Munich in second place. The average funding per head in Germany in 2019 was EUR 287,000.
Figures from the past few years
With the latest figures, the University of Stuttgart builds on its performance in the previous year. Also in 2018, published by the German Federal Statistical Office in 2020, the University of Stuttgart received an average of EUR 643,700 in additional funding per professor, which was the third-highest amount nationwide in Germany.
Three years ago, in the figures for 2016 which were published in 2018, the University of Stuttgart placed second nationwide with a level of third-party funding which was only slightly lower at EUR 655,400 – behind RWTH Aachen University and ahead of TU Munich. In the following year (the 2017 figures, published in 2019), it retained second place with a comparatively higher amount of EUR 732,000 per professor, which however can be attributed to a change in the way the statistics were collected, i.e. a one-off statistical artefact.
The publication of next year’s figures is highly anticipated since they reflect universities’ performance in 2020, the first year to be affected by the corona pandemic.