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International Cooperation

All DFG programmes support international cooperation

Support for international projects

Proposals for research grants can be submitted to the DFG at any time and for any subject. This applies particularly to proposals for funding for projects on which researchers in other countries collaborate. The DFG designates this as a standing open call in cooperation with its international partner organisations.

Help in establishing international collaboration

Applicants who wish to establish cooperation on a research project with partners from another country can apply for funds for foreign travel, visits or bilateral workshops.

Visits by highly qualified international researchers to German universities

The DFG’s Mercator Programme for visiting professorships enables German research universities to invite highly qualified scientists and academics who work abroad to spend a period of time at one of their departments.

The G8 Research Councils Initiative

The Heads of Research Councils from the G8 countries (G8-HORCs) Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, the UK, and the USA (Italy is not participating) have established a joint funding initiative.

Israel and the Middle East

The DFG promotes cooperation with Israel through bilateral collaborative projects and trilateral collaborative projects with researchers from Israel's neighbouring countries. Through special funds from the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) it also funds the leading-edge research programme German-Israeli Project Cooperation (DIP).

Cooperation with Africa

This page provides an overview of the opportunities available for cooperating with African researchers and institutions.

Additional Information

Further information

The "International Collaboration" column in the DFG magazine contains reports and news. The "DFG in Profile" web page has information about relations with foreign partner organisations and memberships in international scientific and academic organisations.

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