DFG Representation Abroad
One of the DFG's core strategies, which is to promote collaboration between researchers at home and abroad, has gained increasing importance in the recent past. Establishing offices abroad is a part of this international strategy. In 2000 the DFG and its partner organisation, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, jointly opened the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion in Beijing. In May 2002 the DFG opened an office in Washington, followed by offices in Moscow in July 2003, in Delhi, with a branch in Hyderabad (India), in November 2006, and New York in 2007.
In October 2000, the DFG and its Chinese partner organisation, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), jointly opened the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion in Beijing. The center's key responsibilities include paving the way for new collaborative research projects in the field of basic research and providing information, especially on core research areas, research funding activities and on suitable partners for research cooperation in each country.
In November 2006 the DFG Representative Office in Delhi was inaugurated along with a branch in Hyderabad. The objective of this office is to strengthen the mutual awareness of the research environment in the partner country, to promote the existing cooperation and to initiate new ones. The branch office in Hyderabad offers special counseling to the Indian researchers locally and has a special focus on microbiological research.
Japan has always been a strong and reliable partner for German science. Over the last few years there has been steady growth in the number of bilateral research collaborations and, more recently, a rise in joint initiatives for promoting young researchers, for instance through the establishment of German-Japanese Research Training Groups. The DFG would like to consolidate and intensify these multifaceted German-Japanese scientific collaborations in future.
The DFG´s Washington Office opened in May 2002. The office aims to establish and maintain close connections with and advise DFG fellows in the United States and Canada and provide information on funding for those interested in returning to Germany. This office fosters the contact and exchange of information and cooperation with partner organisations and research institutions in the United States, including the establishment of new forms of cooperation between working groups in both countries.
The DFG has set up a liaison office in Moscow as of July 2003. The goal of the liaison office is to strengthen cooperation between Russian and German scientists and scientific organisations for mutual benefit and to raise the mutual awareness of scientific activity and research potential.
The DFG Office in São Paulo serves as an administrative branch and point of contact for advising and mentoring local researchers and research institutes. It already boasts a strong regional network of partner organisations.
The DFG has been cooperating with liaison scientists, primarily in Brazil and Chile, since mid-2006.
Ten renowned Polish scientists and academics from various fields of research, who have already been working to promote German-Polish cooperation in recent years, are now acting as liaison scientists in Poland.