About GERiT

Content and structure of GERiT

The German research landscape is large and varied. The information portal GERiT – German Research Institutions – provides an overview of approximately 25,000 institutes at German universities and non-university research institutions, organised by subject area as well as by geographical and structural criteria. GERiT replaces ‘Research Explorer – The German research directory’, which was taken offline in October 2018.

The main advantage of GERiT is that it allows users to search for institutes in a particular field with the aid of a very finely structured classification system. The classification system developed by the Federal Statistical Office (DESTATIS) identifies more than 650 different subject areas. GERiT presents information about German research institutions in both English and German. This includes information about the disciplines represented at a particular institution, contact details, location maps and links to each institute’s own website. For many universities GERiT also provides a link to the institution’s own careers portal. In partnership with the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), GERiT is linked to the Higher Education Compass, giving access to information about doctoral programmes at each institution. If so, a link is provided to the university’s doctoral regulations. Information about DFG-funded research projects listed in the DFG’s own information system GEPRIS can also be accessed through GERiT.


The quick profiles of the universities are written by the institutions themselves. The text was originally produced for the Higher Education Compass developed by the HRK, which has now made the information available for GERiT (Hochschulkompass). Statistical information on student numbers and professorships is sourced from the Federal Statistical Office (Statistisches Bundesamt)and represents the most recent data available (2017).

Subject classification

In GERiT you can search for a location in Germany or a subject area. Subject areas are categorised in three levels in accordance with the classification system used by the Federal Statistical Office (DESTATIS).

  1. The highest level is that of ‘subject groups’, such as mathematics or natural sciences. This level is the generic classification.
  2. Below the subject group are the various ‘disciplines’ categorised in that group, for example biology.
  3. The lowest level is that of specific ‘research areas’, such as botany.

DESTATIS subject classification system as PDF (German only)

An institution may be classified under multiple DESTATIS research areas.

Aims and target audience

GERiT is an information portal provided by the DFG in partnership with the HRK and the DAAD. It provides a transparent overview of German research institutions in Germany and abroad. It is primarily designed to enable students and researchers from Germany and other countries to find German research institutions in the particular areas they are interested in. GERiT is therefore a useful tool for international research marketing, promoting Germany as a place to research.

More information on this topic is available from Research in Germany

Through GERiT, the DFG is also providing a service in line with the recommendations of the German Council of Science and Humanities on the specification of the Research Core Data Set by assigning each institution a unique identifying number (the institution identifier).

Information about the Research Core Data Set (in German)

Service: GERiT data download

Here you can download a Excel file containing the following data on universities, other higher education institutions, non-university institutions and federal research institutions:

  • Name of the institution
  • Type of institution
  • Subject classification
  • Location
  • DFG ID

Download GERiT Excel

The file is updated on a monthly basis.

DFG member universities can request the data relating to their own institutions by contacting us on the email address below, stating the intended use of the data: statistik@dfg.de

Search function and software

The search function in GERiT is based on the Apache Lucene software library with the Solr interface.

If you have any questions or comments about GERiT, please send them to: institutionen-extern@dfg.de