The DFG in Russia/CIS
DFG Office Russia/CIS
Germany's scientific relations with Russia are part of a lively centuries-old tradition. Russia is particularly significant for the German scientific system and is a priority country in the DFG's international funding programmes. The DFG has maintained an intensive scientific dialogue with Russia for decades and, since 2003, has supported the development of bilateral cooperation through its own representative office in Moscow. Alongside the Head Office in Bonn and the Group for International Cooperation, the liaison office functions as a local point of contact, providing advice and mentoring in cooperation programmes.
The DFG uses a number of different instruments to support cooperation with Russian researchers. As a general rule, researchers can also apply for financial resources needed for international collaboration in all kinds of project funding. The DFG's website lists special funding programmes, for instance to set up international collaborations.
The systematic expansion of institutional collaboration with Russian funding organisations facilitates the joint funding of collaborations in all areas of basic research. Information on proposal submissions and framework agreements on the co-financing of research projects with the following partner organisations is available at:
- Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)
- Russian Foundation for the Humanities (RFH)
- Russian Science Foundation (RSF)
- Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) (currently closed down)
- Saint Petersburg State University (SPSU)
In addition to supporting the initiation of German-Russian collaboration projects, the DFG therefore funds around 300 projects with Russian involvement. It does so increasingly within the framework of larger coordinated programmes, like International Research Training Groups, Priority Programmes and Collaborative Research Centres. The GEPRIS Internet database contains information on research projects currently funded by the DFG, as well as on the people and institutions involved.