The Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der HHU is the leading private institution for science promotion in Düsseldorf and one of the largest promotional organizations for universities in Germany.
Together with the 24 foundations and under the umbrella of the GFFU, the association supports research and education in Düsseldorf in a number of ways – and has been doing so since 1955.
Our major goal and concern is to enable scientific projects, to finance investments and to promote academic traditions.
- In principle GFFU supports all faculties. However, certain focus areas have emerged, namely in medical science (mainly in brain, stem-cell and AIDS research) and business sciences. The financial support of professorships and assistantships is yet an essential measure.
- With the “Haus der Universität” in the center of Düsseldorf (registered office of the GFFU) and Schloss Mickeln in Himmelgeist (representative convention center and guesthouse of HHU), two properties are sponsored which are very important for the university’s connection to the city of Düsseldorf on the one hand and to the academic world on the other hand.
- By financing numerous grants in several faculties, we support the academic talent. Moreover, the GFFU foundations award a total of nine prizes worth up to € 10,000 each. Apart from the financial support, these prizes will strengthen the academic reputation of the prize winners.