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DFG Office North America

DFG Office North America: New York City, Washington DC and San Francisco

The USA and Canada play a leading role within the context of increasing globalization in science and research. North America – and especially the USA – continues to be the most competitive research region in the world. More than a quarter of the global funds spent on research and development are invested here, and more than half of all DFG-funded research fellows travel to North America after completing their doctorate for their important first career step. 

Calls for Proposals in North America

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The DFG maintains regional expertise at its headquarters in Bonn as well as running its own North American office in three locations, Washington D.C., New York City and San Francisco.


  • In Washington D.C., the DFG maintains close ties with North American funding organizations, facilitates transatlantic research projects, and helps to shape science policy dialogue.
  • In New York, the focus is on the marketing of research funding, an effort conducted jointly with German partner organizations such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), and in collaboration with German universities in North America. Together, these two offices facilitate contact between scientists and researchers in Germany and North America, support early-career researchers here on a DFG fellowship, and organize outreach activities to showcase German research regionally.
  • With the San Francisco office, the DFG is tapping into a region that is home to some of North America's most prestigious universities as well as renowned IT and high-tech industrial companies with strong research capabilities. The numerous local foundations active in research funding are also a point of interest in the DFG's North America Office activities. The focus of the San Francisco office is on building new networks, organizing events, and monitoring transfer processes in the region.


Germany at the American Chemical Society

Under the banner "Chemistry in Germany: From Discovery to Application," the DFG's North American Office, together with the Fraunhofer Chemistry Alliance and the DWIH San Francisco, presented research and development in Germany at this year's fall annual meeting of the ACS. Interner Linkmore

“Career Booster North America”                      

Since autumn 2020, life scientist Dr. Sarah Grasedieck has been a Walter Benjamin Fellow at Professor Martin Hirst’s Epigenomics Lab at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she investigates the suitability of vitamin C for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemias (AML). Interner Linkmore

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  • To maintain and extend contacts with current and former German DFG award holders in the United States. The goal is both to facilitate the return of young researchers to Germany and to establish networks with researchers who choose to stay in the United States, and also to motivate them for lasting collaboration with Germany.
  • To expand and support cooperation with partner organisations in the USA working in the field of science and research policy, especially the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  • To provide US universities and research institutions with information on Germany as a location of science and research and on opportunities for research cooperation between the two countries, especially within the scope of DFG-funded projects and programmes.
  • To expand and foster contacts with US DFG alumni, such as Mercator visiting professors and researchers who worked on DFG-funded projects in Germany.
  • To follow science and research policy developments in the United States and identify and assess the fields relevant to the DFG with respect to basic research.

Pictures from the DFG-Office North America

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View of the Washington Monument through the cherry blossom trees