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DFG Office Russia/CIS

The DFG office in Moscow

The DFG office in Moscow

Germany's scientific relations with Russia are part of a lively centuries-old tradition. Russia is particularly significant for the German scientific system and is a priority country in the DFG's international funding programmes. The DFG has maintained an intensive scientific dialogue with Russia for decades and, since 2003, has supported the development of bilateral cooperation through its own representative office in Moscow. Alongside the Head Office in Bonn and the Group for International Cooperation, the liaison office functions as a local point of contact, providing advice and mentoring in cooperation programmes.

The DFG uses a number of different instruments to support cooperation with Russian researchers. As a general rule, researchers can also apply for financial resources needed for international collaboration in all kinds of project funding. The DFG's website lists special funding programmes, for instance to set up international collaborations.


11th German-Russian Week

The DFG and the DAAD hosted the 11th German-Russian Week of the Young Researcher at the DWIH Moscow. Discussion focussed mainly on current challenges and the importance of cross-border research cooperation during
the pandemic. Interner Linkmore

“Research and Education”

This year’s special supplement issued by the bilingual Moscow German Newspaper (MDZ) on German-Russian cooperation in the field of research and education was published in October 2021.
Interner Linkmore

Tenth German-Russian Week

For ten years now, the DFG and its Moscow office have organised the “German-Russian Week of the Young Researcher” to focus specifi-
cally on bilateral networking and promote early-career researchers
in Russia. Interner Linkmore

Further Information


Tasks Performed by the DFG’s Russia/CIS Office

Since the office’s opening, the DFG has been pursuing the following tasks and goals in Russia:

  • Developing and supporting bilateral cooperation
    This task involves providing advice and mentoring services for researchers, as well as for research (funding) organisations in Germany and the CIS countries.
  • Maintaining and strengthening institutional collaboration with Russian partner organisations
    Consists of setting up and expanding co-financed cooperation projects in accordance with the DFG’s funding spectrum and review standards. This is done through joint funding agreements and announcements.
  • Early career support
    Involves providing support in establishing contact and cooperative relationships, in particular within the framework of the International Research Training Groups. This task also involves including early career researchers in events and addressing them through specially targeted conferences and symposia.
  • Preparing for and implementing measures to promote cooperation
    Involves initiating and organising bilateral seminars and roundtable discussions and mentoring delegation visits to Russia and Germany, as well as supporting Russia’s integration into the European Research Area by arranging and participating in conferences on the synergies between bilateral German-Russian and multilateral EU research funding.
  • Intensifying cooperation with research centres in Russia and the other CIS countries
    Involves performing public relations work and establishing contacts with research centres outside Moscow and Russia. These activities focus on those centres whose international contacts do not currently fulfil the high scientific potential often achieved in a variety of areas.

Partner Organizations

The systematic expansion of institutional collaboration with Russian funding organisations facilitates the joint funding of collaborations in all areas of basic research. Information on proposal submissions and framework agreements on the co-financing of research projects with the following partner organisations is available at:

DFG-funded Projects and German Research Institutes

In addition to supporting the initiation of German-Russian collaboration projects, the DFG therefore funds around 300 projects with Russian involvement. It does so increasingly within the framework of larger coordinated programmes, like International Research Training Groups, Priority Programmes and Collaborative Research Centres. The GEPRIS Internet database contains information on research projects currently funded by the DFG, as well as on the people and institutions involved.Externer Link



Geographic Responsibilities (Countries and Regions): Eastern Europe, countries of the former Soviet Union

Russian Website

The DFG Office Russia/CIS now offers comprehensive information about the DFG and its programmes in Russian.