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Name of Funding Instrument

Grants to Support the Initiation of International Collaboration


This funding instrument serves to establish collaborative relationships between international partners. Three different modules are available: “Bilateral Workshops”, “Trips Abroad” and “Guest Visits”.

Eligibility Requirements

Researchers who have already achieved their doctorates and who are working in the German scientific system may apply. Special rules apply to members of non-university research institutions (see guidelines).

Type and Extent of Funding

If several different modules will be used during a short time frame and doing so will enable cooperation preparations to be made particularly effectively, the modules may be combined. The funding remains available for a maximum of 12 months after the approval date, and the individual collaborative measures must be carried out within this time frame.


Funding is available for the following collaborative measures:


  • Trips abroad of up to three months or research stays at partner institutions. Researchers from doctoral candidates to professors may take advantage of these.

  • Joint workshops.

Where such agreements exist, these measures may also be funded jointly by partner organisations abroad.

Proposal Deadlines

Proposals may be submitted at any time. They must, however, be received no later than three months before the measures are implemented.

Forms and Guidelines

Forms and Guidelines

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