Vietnamese-German Collaboration in Joint Research Projects

DFG regular funding programmes for cooperation with the National Foundation of Science and Technology Development of Vietnam (NAFOSTED)

(14.07.23) The National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) are launching a joint collaboration for proposals for outstanding joint research projects in all fields of science and humanities. The submission deadline on Vietnamese side will be 29.09.2023. On the German side proposals need to be submitted in parallel.

This initiative aims to bring together relevant and competitive researchers from Germany and Vietnam to design and carry out collaborative research projects. Funds to be used by the Vietnamese side must be requested from NAFOSTED; funds to be used by the German side must be requested from DFG. Special attention is given to the integrated character of proposed projects, from the concept to the work plan. Funding is only available for projects which involve a convincing collaboration between the German and Vietnamese partners and for which the anticipated research benefit is clearly outlined. The collaborative projects selected will receive research funding for a period of up to three years.

Proposal Submission

Proposals must be submitted to both organizations in accordance with the proposal preparation requirements of both sides, respectively. Applicants to be funded by the DFG are requested to fulfil the eligibility requirements of DFG Research Grants, see the corresponding guidelines of the Research Grants Programme (DFG form 50.01 and 54.01). This includes the “Duty to Cooperate” within Germany for members of non-university institutions with permanent positions. Any duty to cooperate for DFG applicants at non-university research institutions can only be fulfilled through cooperation with a partner at a German university (see DFG form 55.01). German applicants are requested to upload their proposal via elan, the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system, following the DFG’s guidelines. Applicants from Vietnam are required to fulfil all requirements for funding and follow the general regulations of NAFOSTED.

In line with the Vietnamese deadline proposals should be submitted to DFG until 29.09.2023. Proposals must follow to the DFG “Guidelines for the Research Grants Programme” (form 50.01) and the “Proposal Preparation Instructions – Project Proposals” (form 54.01). For submission via the DFG elan system German partners should go to “Proposal Submission” – “New Project” – “Individual Grants Programme”. In the field “Proposal for a Research Grant” click the button “Start online form” – “Continue”. Under “Call for Proposals” you will find “NAFOSTED-DFG-Collaboration 2023-2024”. German applicants should note that if they are using the elan system for the first time, they need to set up an elan account 5 days prior the submission, by 22.09.2023 at the latest.

All proposals will be reviewed by both organizations separately. The results of the review process will be shared between the agencies. Support will be granted for those proposals where both, DFG and NAFOSTED, recommend funding. Please note that at DFG there are no separate funds available for these efforts, proposals must succeed on the strengths of their intellectual merit and teams.

The DFG strongly welcomes proposals from researchers of all genders and sexual identities, from different ethnic, cultural, religious, ideological, or social backgrounds, from different career stages, types of universities and research institutions, and with disabilities or chronic illness.

Please note that according to a resolution of the DFG General Assembly, since 1 August 2019, DFG funding may only be granted to institutions that have implemented the guidelines laid down in the Code of Conduct for Safeguarding Good Research Practice in their own regulations in a legally binding manner.

For international proposals, this means that funding from the DFG can only be granted if the guidelines for ensuring good research practice (see link below) have been implemented. If you have any questions on this subject, please contact the Scientific Integrity team at the DFG Head Office (see contact below). Further information regarding implementation can be found at the web page on Scientific Integrity (see link below).

Please note the DFG’s data protection notice on research funding (see link below: privacy policy). If necessary, please also forward this information to those persons whose data the DFG processes because they are involved in your project.

Further Information

For researchers in Germany:

To submit a proposal to the DFG, please follow the “Guidelines for the Research Grants Programme” (form 50.01) and the “Proposal Preparation Instructions – Project Proposals” (form 54.01) at:

General information for German Principle Investigators on Individual Research Grants:

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

Further information on elan:

DFG´s privacy policy:

Please note the DFG’s data protection notice on research funding, which can be viewed and downloaded at If necessary, please also forward this information to those individuals whose data will be processed by the DFG due to their involvement in your project.

Further information on Safeguarding Good Research Practice:

Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice. Code of Conduct

Information on the implementation of the Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice. Code of Conduct:

Contact of the DFG´s Scientific Integrity team (Good Research Practice)

Detailed information about the collaboration between DFG and NAFOSTED can be obtained at the DFG Head Office in Bonn:
International Affairs

For researchers in Vietnam:

Contact person:

Regulations and requirements for Vietnamese researchers can be found here:


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