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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.

News

DFG North America at the APS March Meeting

For the first time, “Research in Germany” put in a virtual appear-
ance at an APS March Meeting to present the German research landscape in the field of physics to the international research com-
munity on a digital exhibitor page and at an online workshop. Interner Linkmore

Lake Ontario in summer

“Once in America”: Interview

In autumn 2019, Dr. Iris Elser started her second postdoc – this time an international one – in Douglas Stephan’s group at the University of Toronto as a fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG), where she is researching frustrated Lewis pairs. Interner Linkmore

New Year's Mixer Event

For several years now, the German Consulate General New York has invited representatives and alumni of the university liaison offices and funding organizations based in the city to a New Year’s reception at the Consul General’s residence. 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:

10-15 April 2021 (Week 1)
17-21 May 2021 (Week 2)

AACR Annual Meeting 2021
"Discovery Science Driving Clinical Breakthroughs"
DFG North America and "Research in Germany" at the virtual annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research

Further Information

Tasks

  • 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

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