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Working Together with North America

The USA and Canada play a leading role within the context of the increasing globalisation of 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.

The excellence and attractiveness of the research institutions is also reflected in the fact that more than half of all DFG-funded research fellows travel to North America for their important first career step after completing their doctorate. Transatlantic research cooperation is now part of day-to-day life in many cases, but there are still many hurdles to be overcome before a common transatlantic research area can be established.

For this reason, the DFG maintains regional expertise at its Head Office as well as running its own North America Office at two locations (Washington D.C. and New York).


Leibniz Prize Winner Marco Prinz in New York

Together with the DWIH New York and the University of Freiburg liaison office, the DFG invited Freiburg-based neuroscientist and Leibniz Prize award winner Dr. Marco Prinz to give a lecture on the evening of 17 November.
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Portrait of Dr. Henrik Larsson

"Been in America"                     

The theoretical chemist Henrik R. Larsson was at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena from December 2018 to November 2020 on a DFG research fellowship, where he investigated strongly correlated quantum systems. Interner Linkmore

"Been in America"                     

The philosopher Lucian Ionel was at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Philosophy for the past two years on a DFG grant. As a member of a team under the philosopher John McDowell, he worked on an articulation of human life. Interner Linkmore

The regional area at a glance

Tasks and objectives

  • Maintain and expand science and science policy cooperation with partner organisations in North America
  • Provide advice on research cooperations and advise interested researchers on submitting proposals
  • Provide information on North America as a research location and on opportunities for research cooperation between the two countries – especially in the context of DFG-funded projects and programmes


Team Leader/Head of DFG Office North America:

Programme Coordination North America:

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