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DFG Office Japan

DFG Tokyo Office

DFG Tokyo Office

Japan is one of the DFG’s main partners in the Asia-Pacific region. The partnership with the funding agencies Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is based on shared interests and values, as pursued jointly on global platforms such as the Global Research Council and the Funding Agencies Presidents Meeting.

In recent years, the DFG has been able to expand its bilateral collaborative activities into trilateral initiatives. Together with other European organisations and their local branch offices and also through the Delegation of the European Union to Japan, we are endeavouring to establish lasting and stable links between Europe and Japan. Currently there is also growing interest in multilateral approaches to broaden the network in the region by linking up with additional partners.

The DFG aims to contribute to increasing the opportunities available to the German research community in the region.

Award ceremony Eugen und Ilse Seibold-Prize



DFG visit in Japan

A DFG delegation with Secretary General Dr. Heide Ahrens and Vice President Professor Dr. Peter Seeberger travelled to Japan on the occasion of the 20th STS forum in Kyoto. The delegation members met with policy makers, executives and researchers and engaged in discussions with heads of 60 global funding agencies at the Funding Agency Presidents' Meeting. Interner Linkmore

Funding opportunity for Japanese-German collaborations

DFG joins the funding program “ASPIRE” by JST and AMED. Japanese applicants can receive funding to collaborate with German researchers who have an existing grant by the DFG. Interner Linkmore

Human-Machine Inter-action and Responsibility

Together with the German Institute for Japanese Studies, and the German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo the DFG held an interdisciplinary workshop with experts from Japan and Germany on aspects of responsibility in contexts where humans interact with machines or AI based technology. Interner Linkmore


  • To serve as a point of contact for scientists, scientific organisations and funding bodies in Japan.
  • To maintain and intensify contacts with partner organisations and establish networks with other stakeholders located in Japan.
  • To prepare and provide German science with analyses, evaluations, and reports regarding developments in Japanese science policy that are relevant to the DFG.
  • To develop a “strategic philosophy of collaboration” with Japanese science, in consultation with the DFG Head Office in Bonn.
  • To initiate collaborative projects, bilateral workshops and symposia in Japan and Germany to allow scientists to get acquainted with each other and to establish networks.




Japanese Website

The DFG Office Japan now offers comprehensive information about the DFG and its programmes in Japanese.