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DFG Office North America

DFG Office North America: New York City and Washington DC

DFG Office North America: New York City and Washington DC

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. 

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

  • 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.


“Research in Germany” at AACR’s annual meeting

The initiative presented the German cancer research landscape at the virtual annual meeting of the AACR 15-20 April and 17-21 May. Attendees could choose between a booth in the exhibition hall, the AACR career day, and an information seminar. Interner Linkmore

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Second Transatlantic Tandem Talk

On 4 May, the New York office of the University of Cologne, the DWIH New York and the DFG Office North America jointly hosted the second edition of the “Transatlantic Tandem Talks” series, this time focusing on the topic of plant research. Interner Linkmore

“Been in America”: Interview

Per von Soosten has been a DFG postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University. He conducts research in the area of the modern theory of random matrices to investigate quantum particles in disordered media. Interner Linkmore

Upcoming Events

Are you looking for information on research cooperation, DFG fellowships or postdoc programmes? Or do you have any other questions regarding the DFG? Come visit us at one of the following events:

Transatlantic Tandem Talks
"Feelings Over Facts: A New Look at Language and Political Psychology"

Wednesday, 23 June 2021
12:00-1:00 pm EST, 6:00-7:00 pm CEST
Join DFG North America, the New York office of the University of Cologne, and the Cerman Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) NY for this panel discussion with Dr. Joris Lammers from the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute at the University of Cologne, and Dr. Matt Baldwin from the University of Florida, as they discuss ways to effectively talk across political divides. Their research unearths how conservatives' and liberals’ views of policies are affected by language and framing.

Further Information


  • 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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Dr. France A. Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, and DFG President Peter Strohschneider