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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).


UAS networking event                 

On 18 October 2022, the virtual event Networking for Research – German Universities of Applied Sciences & Researchers in Canada/
USA was held as a further item in the series of theme-based match-
making events with universities of applied sciences. Interner Linkmore

Lively interest at the transatlantic science booth

EU Open House in Washington

More than 5,400 guests visited the Franco-German joint booth as part of the EU Open House. Along with various partners, the DFG office provided information about Germany as an excellent research location.
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“Been in America”                      

Dr. Hyatt Balke-Want joined Stanford University in the spring of 2020 and has received funding with a research fellowship since the beginning of 2021. In Prof. Crystal Mackall's group, he is conducting research into novel treatment methods using CAR T cells. 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:

Interner LinkContact DFG Office North America