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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 11 | 11. März 2014
Sino-German Joint Funding Programme „Biomedical and Translational Medicine Studies Based on Stem Cells/Reprogrammed Cells”

The National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) announce a joint funding programme with the topic “Biomedical and Translational Medicine Studies Based on Stem Cells/Reprogrammed Cells”.

Long term developments as well as recent advances in the field have demonstrated the potential that lies within stem cell research and highlighted the ongoing demand for coordinated research funding. The joint call creates a forum of Sino-German collaborative projects to address basic mechanisms and translational aspects of embryonic and adult stem cells.

Tandem projects of one or two applicants from each of the two countries are encouraged to apply. Projects funded should be relevant to biomedical and translational medicine studies based on stem cells/reprogrammed cells. Thus, projects should focus on either one of the following two major areas:

  • Biomedical Studies
    The aim of biomedical studies is to understand fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms characterising stem cells, including stem cell expansion and/or lineage-specific differentiation, directed differentiation and redifferentiation of somatic cells.
  • Translational Studies
    Translationally relevant proposals aiming at clinically relevant topics are encouraged. Projects may focus on either disease modelling via stem cell approaches or on early clinical developments of novel therapies applying or targeting stem cells, including questions related to regenerative medicine, such as stem cell transplantation or in vivo studies of tissue-resident stem cells.

Eligibility requirements for German applicants correspond to those of DFG’s Priority Programmes allowing proposals from researchers from all disciplines who work at research institutions in Germany (not including those institutes which only pursue commercial purposes).

Joint proposals must be submitted to NSFC and DFG (in English) by 9 May 2014 with the keyword “Stem Cell Biology – Joint Sino-German Call”. Chinese scientists apply for funding in accordance with NSFC’s rules and German scientists in accordance with DFG’s rules, basically following DFG’s guidelines for proposals.

Each application shall include at least the following appendices (in English):

  • joint application form
  • joint abstract (no more than one page in length)
  • joint research plan (no more than 15 pages), which shall also include
    • a description of the added value to be expected from the collaboration
    • a clear description of the planned research collaboration with responsibilities of both partners
    • a description of the basis of the Chinese-German collaboration
    • a justification for requested costs shall be stated in the research plan
  • curriculae vitae of the Chinese and German project leaders including a max. total of five top publications per CV
  • a combined list of a max. total of nine project relevant publications of both partners

Important technical advice for DFG-applicants:
The DFG accepts only proposals electronically submitted via its portal “elan”. Applicants shall choose the proposal type “Research Grants” and select the call “Sino-German Stem Cell Call” from the list of calls offered within the respective masks.

It is anticipated that funding of the collaborative projects will be able to commence in January 2015. Funding proposals can be made for a three year period.

Due to legal restrictions of research with human embryonic stem cells in Germany the applicants are obligated to observe both the German Embryo Protection Law and Stem Cell Act.

Further information

The DFG’s electronic portal “elan” can be found at:

If you are using the elan system for the first time, please note that you need to register yourself and your institutional addresses before being able to submit a proposal. Please make sure that you start your registration at latest two working days before the submission deadline.

The guidelines “Research Grants Programme“ (DFG form 50.01en – 10/11) can be found at:

The „Joint Application Form“ can be found at:

If you have any further questions regarding the German application’s part, please contact:


Further Information

If you are using the elan system for the first time, please note that you need to register yourself and your institutional addresses before being able to submit a proposal. Please make sure that you start your registration at latest two working days before the submission deadline.

Please note:

This announcement has been edited on 30.04.2014.

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